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Around The Rim
Ian Thomsen
February 26, 2001
In the wake of the competition committee meeting during the All-Star break, the league is planning to survey every team to develop a plan for potential rules changes. While significant changes—including a streamlining of the illegal-defense rules—could come as early as next season, there's not enough support to lift the ban on zone defenses. So far a consensus exists only for adopting the NCAA's five—second rule, the intent of which is to force players to advance the ball....
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February 26, 2001

Around The Rim

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In the wake of the competition committee meeting during the All-Star break, the league is planning to survey every team to develop a plan for potential rules changes. While significant changes—including a streamlining of the illegal-defense rules—could come as early as next season, there's not enough support to lift the ban on zone defenses. So far a consensus exists only for adopting the NCAA's five—second rule, the intent of which is to force players to advance the ball....

Disgusted to learn that Wizards season-ticket holders at the MCI Center were pushed upstairs to accommodate the NBA's corporate guests at the All-Star Game, Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says he is in no hurry to host the event at the American Airlines Center, which opens next season....

Count Timberwolves G.M. and coach Flip Saunders among those with a keen interest in the future home of the Grizzlies, who last week were granted permission to leave Vancouver next season. "I'd like them to stay in the West so that, if they do anything with [realignment], we would get a chance to get to the East," Saunders says....

In a strange turn, it was 76ers coach Larry Brown who urged that the Feb. 13 game in Milwaukee be stopped so that the Bucks could honor Glenn Robinson for becoming the fifth player in franchise history to score 10,000 points....

Among the books handed out to his players by Lakers coach Phil Jackson last week during a long road trip was Cookie Cutter, a murder mystery by Sterling Anthony about a racist killer. "I think he gave me the book for a reason," said Isaiah Rider. "I don't think he'd just give me a book about violence. It's psychological. Horace [Grant] told me Phil's using all sorts of psychology on me."

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