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Jackie MacMullan
April 19, 1999
Don't be fooled by John Stockton's numbers (10.7 points, 73 assists and 28.1 minutes through Sunday). The only reason his stats are down is that Jazz coach Jerry Sloan finally has enough confidence in backup point Howard Eisley to give him meaningful minutes. Two seasons ago Sloan challenged Eisley to improve his range; at week's end Eisley had hit 48.4% of his threes this season. Last summer Sloan challenged Eisley to be more assertive; this season he's running the pick-and-roll like a Stockton clone. Look for the old—and well-rested—Stockton in the playoffs....
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April 19, 1999

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Don't be fooled by John Stockton's numbers (10.7 points, 73 assists and 28.1 minutes through Sunday). The only reason his stats are down is that Jazz coach Jerry Sloan finally has enough confidence in backup point Howard Eisley to give him meaningful minutes. Two seasons ago Sloan challenged Eisley to improve his range; at week's end Eisley had hit 48.4% of his threes this season. Last summer Sloan challenged Eisley to be more assertive; this season he's running the pick-and-roll like a Stockton clone. Look for the old—and well-rested—Stockton in the playoffs....

UConn sophomore guard Khalid El-Amin was talked out of declaring himself eligible for the NBA draft by his coaches, who persuaded him that if he hooked up with a personal trainer and dropped 20 pounds, he could be a lottery pick in the 2000 draft....

Former Wizards coach Bernie Bickerstaff should have started updating his resume in February when executive vice president and general manager Wes Unseld insisted the team's center spot (Terry Davis, Otis Thorpe and Ben Wallace) was solid. One factor that led to Bickerstaff's firing was his quote in local papers after a loss to Miami on April 4 that Washington's talent didn't measure up. Sometimes, it doesn't pay to be right....

The firings of Bickerstaff, John Calipari and Del Harris and the resignation of Dave Cowens have moved Chicago coach Tim Floyd up to 25th on the NBA coaches' seniority list. Says Floyd, "I didn't even get to meet a couple of those guys."

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