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Jackie MacMullan
December 06, 1999
After playing just 9.2 minutes a game in his first two seasons, 6'9" Austin Croshere has become vital to the Pacers' youth movement. Not only was he averaging 8.0 points and 5.6 rebounds in 18.5 minutes through Sunday, but he was also blocking 1.4 shots a game, having surprised the likes of Alonzo Mourning, Charles Barkley and Tim Duncan. "Austin's a white guy, but he can jump," teammate Jalen Rose told The Indianapolis Star....
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December 06, 1999

Around The Rim

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After playing just 9.2 minutes a game in his first two seasons, 6'9" Austin Croshere has become vital to the Pacers' youth movement. Not only was he averaging 8.0 points and 5.6 rebounds in 18.5 minutes through Sunday, but he was also blocking 1.4 shots a game, having surprised the likes of Alonzo Mourning, Charles Barkley and Tim Duncan. " Austin's a white guy, but he can jump," teammate Jalen Rose told The Indianapolis Star....

After being a model citizen last season in Golden State, veteran guard John Starks was shooting only 32.3% from the floor at week's end and was looking for a one-way ticket out of town....

As if rookie point guard Steve Francis doesn't already have his hands full running the Rockets' offense, he has Barkley on his case. "When he says something, it goes in one ear, and if it's constructive, I leave it in there and think about it," says Francis. "But if he's just getting on me, it goes in one ear and right on out the other."...

The Timberwolves won't be a title contender until they get to the line more. Their average of 23.2 foul shots is 27th in the league, and through 11 games the starting backcourt of Terrell Brandon and Anthony Peeler had combined for only 37 free throws. Too bad. Brandon was hitting 91.3% from the line and Peeler 85.7%....

First-year Magic forward Corey Maggette went on the injured list on Nov. 24 with an infected left toe. The cause: a pedicure gone bad. "They don't make rookies like they used to," says Orlando coach Doc Rivers.

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