Timberwolves assistant coach Randy Wittman is the front-runner for the Cavs' job. Suns assistant Scott Skiles, former Charlotte coach Dave Cowens and Denver assistant John Lucas are also candidates. Whoever accepts the job will have to take short money, since the Cavaliers owe Fratello almost $5 million for next season. Still, Fratello envies his successor's good fortune. "If this team ever gets healthy," he says, "it's not a good team, it's a great one."
Tarasco's Bad Night
When Yankees leftfielder Tony Tarasco stepped to the plate in the second inning on June 1, he expected to hear his favorite song on the Yankee Stadium P.A. system. Instead, he and 32,759 fans heard a stream of obscenities booming out over the Bronx.
Like many clubs, the Yankees invite players to suggest music for their at bats. Chuck Knoblauch likes the Beastie Boys, while Bernie Williams prefers Prince. Tarasco brought in a soundtrack from the movie Belly that night, and when an audio technician mistakenly played track 16, a raw tune called Tommy's Theme, fans were treated to its opening refrain, which repeats the word motherf——-s more times than most people would care to hear.
That technician won't be playing anybody's theme songs for a while. In Tarasco's latest turn at bat, Michael Jackson's Man in the Mirror rang out, and the club has put two other happy tunes in heavy rotation: Shiny Happy People and All You Need Is Love.
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