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Jackie MacMullan
February 28, 2000
Suns Rookie forward Shawn Marion is back after missing 31 games with a torn meniscus in his left knee, and he has given Phoenix what it needs most: athleticism. "Shawn is so quick, he can go for a ball fake, recover and still get a piece of the ball," says Suns general manager Bryan Colangelo. "He changes our look dramatically." Through Sunday, in four games since his return, Marion averaged 9.5 points and 73 rebounds and shot 59.3%....
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February 28, 2000

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Suns Rookie forward Shawn Marion is back after missing 31 games with a torn meniscus in his left knee, and he has given Phoenix what it needs most: athleticism. "Shawn is so quick, he can go for a ball fake, recover and still get a piece of the ball," says Suns general manager Bryan Colangelo. "He changes our look dramatically." Through Sunday, in four games since his return, Marion averaged 9.5 points and 73 rebounds and shot 59.3%....

Team sources say talks between the Pacers and the Celtics on Antoine Walker collapsed when Boston tried to make the deal a five-or six-player swap, asking Indiana to take a number of its undesirables (including Pervis Ellison and Greg Minor) so the Celtics could clear some cap room....

Hawks center Dikembe Mutombo on his team's chances in the second half of the season: "If we play well in our first game back and send a strong message, we have a chance. If not, we better start thinking about next year." Two days later, Mutombo had his first triple double as a Hawk (21 points, 13 rebounds, 11 blocks) in a 103-86 win over the Nets. Atlanta sources say diat while teams had inquired about Mutombo, die Hawks won't give him up unless they get a top center in return....

The Cavaliers tried to unload Shawn Kemp, but, contrary to reports, the Lakers weren't interested. If L.A. owner Jerry Buss had the bucks for Kemp's megasalary, he would have committed to re-signing free-agent-to-be Glen Rice.

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