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Ian Thomsen
July 31, 2000
Claiming he was in poor shape, 7'2" Fr�d�ric Weis of France, a first-round pick in 1999 was a no-show for the Knicks' summer-league team in Boston. Further complicating Weis's future is the fact that his agent, Didier Rose, is the subject of a criminal investigation involving Weis's French club, Limoges. (Rose spent 24 days in jail while being investigated last January.) The government alleges that Rose, known as the most powerful man in French basketball, was acting as de facto president of Limoges while serving as agent for many of its players—in effect he was negotiating with himself—while the club was piling up $5 million in debt....
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July 31, 2000

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Claiming he was in poor shape, 7'2" Fr�d�ric Weis of France, a first-round pick in 1999 was a no-show for the Knicks' summer-league team in Boston. Further complicating Weis's future is the fact that his agent, Didier Rose, is the subject of a criminal investigation involving Weis's French club, Limoges. (Rose spent 24 days in jail while being investigated last January.) The government alleges that Rose, known as the most powerful man in French basketball, was acting as de facto president of Limoges while serving as agent for many of its players—in effect he was negotiating with himself—while the club was piling up $5 million in debt....

As explosive as he has been offensively in summer-league play, 6'5" shooting guard Desmond Mason will be a regular in the Sonics' lineup because of his defense. "You can see the [knowing] look in his eyes when you explain to him about rotations and other things," says Seattle coach Paul Westphal of the 17th pick, from Oklahoma State. "Most rookies don't know what you're talking about."...

Number 6 selection DerMarr Johnson, the skinny 6'9" guard who left Cincinnati after his freshman year, struggled in early summer-league games with the Hawks. "For the first time in his life he's finding that a lot of guys are bigger than he is," says a league executive.

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