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Around The Rim
Jackie MacMullan
March 22, 1999
Suns-watchers say Tom Gugliotta seems a tad frustrated with the Phoenix offense. Point guard Jason Kidd rewards teammates in two ways when he pushes the ball on breaks: He hits teammates streaking ahead of the pack for a layup, or he penetrates and then kicks the ball out for a trey. Gugliotta can do a lot of things well, but outrunning people and knocking down threes are not among them....
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March 22, 1999

Around The Rim

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Suns-watchers say Tom Gugliotta seems a tad frustrated with the Phoenix offense. Point guard Jason Kidd rewards teammates in two ways when he pushes the ball on breaks: He hits teammates streaking ahead of the pack for a layup, or he penetrates and then kicks the ball out for a trey. Gugliotta can do a lot of things well, but outrunning people and knocking down threes are not among them....

Scottie Pippen is also having trouble adjusting to his new team, shooting a career-low 40.5% from the floor for Houston, and his points (15.0 per game) are down. The Rockets offense is geared around Hakeem Olajuwon, who passes the ball out when he's doubled. That gives Pippen plenty of shots from the perimeter, but his game is slashing to the basket, not spotting up....

Clippers veteran Rodney Rogers told the team he will not re-sign when he becomes a free agent this summer, so the Clippers talked to the Celtics about a Dana Barros-for-Rogers swap before settling on forwards Tony Battie and Bruce Bowen, but the league informed them that the trade could not go through, because a player who has been acquired within the past 60 days (Battie) can't be packaged in another deal....

Clippers forward Lorenzen Wright has also requested a trade, but the Clippers still hope to re-sign him....

Players got one last kick in the wallet last week from the lockout: Union dues have doubled from $5,000 to $10,000 to cover attorney fees.

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