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Ian Thomsen
June 18, 2001
When Celtics director of player personnel Leo Papile sees high school center Tyson Chandler, he has fond memories. "He is a clone of Lew Alcindor," Papile says. "He has the same gait, the same long neck, and he's as graceful, like a ballerina on the run." The difference: Even as a teenager Alcindor knew how to play with his back to the basket....
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June 18, 2001

Around The Rim

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When Celtics director of player personnel Leo Papile sees high school center Tyson Chandler, he has fond memories. "He is a clone of Lew Alcindor," Papile says. "He has the same gait, the same long neck, and he's as graceful, like a ballerina on the run." The difference: Even as a teenager Alcindor knew how to play with his back to the basket....

The 52 undergraduates who entered the draft can still return to their college teams next season provided they don't sign with an agent. In its usual illogical way, however, the NCAA bars high school entrants, including the six this year, from ever playing college ball....

Of the 63 players who participated in the Chicago predraft camp, two who helped their standing were 7-foot sophomore Steven Hunter of DePaul and Arizona sophomore guard Gilbert Arenas. "On TV they see I'm a 6'3" two guard," says Arenas, "but in person they see that I have long arms and that I can guard anyone up to 6'5"."...

Unbeknownst to most of his peers, former Celtics coach M.L. Carr was certified as an agent in March. "No one noticed because I used my real name, Michael," says Carr, who has opened his Boston firm with his son, also named Michael.

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