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Ian Thomsen
January 08, 2001
The heat players voted unanimously to practice on Christmas, bypassing a league rule that prohibits teams from forcing players to practice on that holiday. Their vote came a week after coach Pat Riley berated all but four of them for being late to a practice. "I always felt we're a great work-ethic team," Riley says....
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January 08, 2001

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The heat players voted unanimously to practice on Christmas, bypassing a league rule that prohibits teams from forcing players to practice on that holiday. Their vote came a week after coach Pat Riley berated all but four of them for being late to a practice. "I always felt we're a great work-ethic team," Riley says....

Adding insult to injury, the Magic is on the hook for Grant Hill's entire $9.7 million salary this season, though because of surgery to repair his left ankle, Hill will have played only four games. Orlando couldn't procure a disability insurance policy for Hill before he signed his seven-year, $93 million deal last August because his ankle injury was deemed a preexisting condition....

Nets center Evan Eschmeyer spent his off-season co-founding an Internet business. He hopes that Bigtimerecruit.com, which went online in November, will become the national recruiting database for high school athletes in all sports. "A basketball coach in Georgia will be able to search for all the 6'5" players in his state, or all the ones who are averaging eight rebounds," says Eschmeyer....

After playing backup center Nazr Mohammed only 59 seconds in a 99-91 win last month at Chicago, 76ers coach Larry Brown felt a bit sad: He learned too late that Mohammed had 60 guests at the game, including his mother, who had flown from Ghana to see her son play for the first time....

The Timberwolves may not be looking forward to 2001. Of their first 31 games this season, 16 were against teams in the woeful Eastern Conference—meaning 37 of their final 51 dates will be against Western foes.

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