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Jackie MacMullan
May 15, 2000
The NBA is mourning the passing of Trail Blazers assistant coach Bill Musselman, 59, who was known for both his insatiable appetite for the game and his impassioned locker room speeches. Only days before his death, Musselman telephoned the team from his hospital room with last-minute tips on how to beat the Timberwolves in Game 1 of their first-round series....
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May 15, 2000

Around The Rim

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The NBA is mourning the passing of Trail Blazers assistant coach Bill Musselman, 59, who was known for both his insatiable appetite for the game and his impassioned locker room speeches. Only days before his death, Musselman telephoned the team from his hospital room with last-minute tips on how to beat the Timberwolves in Game 1 of their first-round series....

Clippers coach Jim Todd was summoned by owner Donald Sterling last week, but not to receive his expected pink slip. Instead, Todd was told he was being retained through the end of June—which is when his contract expires—and possibly beyond. Sources close to the team say that Todd's chances of staying on are slim, though, and that assistants Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Dennis Johnson, each rumored to be Todd's successor, had yet to be approached about the job....

After vowing last spring that he would become an elite two-way player, Kobe Bryant was the first Laker to be named to the NBA's All-Defensive Team since 1987-88, when Michael Cooper was chosen. Bryant beat out former teammate Eddie Jones, who was shipped to the Hornets last season to give Bryant more playing time....

Want to advance in the playoffs? Stay away from Terry Porter, who signed with the Spurs in the off-season. San Antonio was a first-round casualty, while Porter's former team, the Heat, advanced. In Porter's last seven postseason trips, his team has lost in the first round each time.

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