Anderson has lived up to the lyric. Often he is the first King off the bench during timeouts to congratulate teammates or offer advice to his replacements, Doug Christie, Peja Stojakovic and Hedo Turkoglu. "When I came into the league, the Magic moved Reggie Theus out for me to play, but I can't say it isn't hard after starting for 11 years," says Anderson. "My mom sometimes doesn't want to come to the games because she knows I won't play. I tell her, 'Hey, Mom, things change. This is all going to work out fine.' "
There is a practical reason for this refusal to make waves. "I want to be a coach at this level," says Anderson, whose contract ends after next season. "I'm trying to be a professional about the whole thing. That's how I want people to remember me—as a professional."
Outside the Box Score
The Kick of Time
Trailing 81-78 with two seconds left in last Thursday's game in Miami, the Nets inbounded to Stephon Marbury for a potential game-tying three. The pass from the sideline was low, and Heat forward Bruce Bowen kicked the ball out of bounds—a violation if done intentionally, but the refs didn't call it, and time expired. Even if the call had been made, the clock would have stopped at the time of the lack, still costing the Nets precious tenths of a second.