On the SuperSonics, who at week's end were 5� games behind the Timberwolves for the West's final playoff spot:
"They looked as if they could be a very good team at the beginning of the season, but they don't fit together. I have a lot of respect for Patrick Ewing, but he doesn't give you four good nights out of five the way he used to; now it's more like one out of five. Vin Baker's better than he was a year ago, but other than Patrick, he's the Sonics' only true 'big.' When Ruben Patterson is at power forward, they become more of a dangerous, running team, but he's only 6'5", and they end up having to trap and double to help him on defense. From everything that I'm hearing, the attitude in the locker room—all the fights they're having, the change of coaches-has torn them down a little bit. That shows on the floor."