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Ian Thomsen
July 23, 2001
Now that Jason Kidd is running the point in New Jersey, could Kenyon Martin emerge as the next Shawn Marion? Martin says he has recovered from his broken right leg and will be ready for training camp....
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July 23, 2001

Around The Rim

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Now that Jason Kidd is running the point in New Jersey, could Kenyon Martin emerge as the next Shawn Marion? Martin says he has recovered from his broken right leg and will be ready for training camp....

Kings forward Hedo Turkoglu showed up at the L.A. summer league with a straightened nose. "The doctor tells me my breathing will be 80 percent better," says Turkoglu, who underwent surgery on his nose a week after the season. Sacramento coach Rick Adelman has told Turkoglu to work on his ball handling with the goal of becoming a point forward in his second year....

Sean Elliott appears to be having second thoughts about retirement. A close adviser doesn't expect the cash-strapped Spurs to re-sign him but adds that Elliott might be willing to play elsewhere in the right situation....

While they consider whether to deal Gary Payton, the Sonics are moving forward on plans to develop forward Rashard Lewis as their new star....

Celtics general manager Chris Wallace believes the first pick in the draft, Kwame Brown (SI, July 16), will succeed in part because he comes from a small town. Brown, taken by the Wizards, hails from Brunswick, Ga., and the list of NBA stars from small towns in the South includes Michael Jordan, Karl Malone, Charles Barkley, Moses Malone, Scottie Pippen, Joe Dumars, James Worthy and Tracy McGrady. "Players from small Southern towns tend to be respectful and grounded and have a good work ethic," says Wallace. "They don't seem to be as twisted and spoiled as kids from urban areas, who get 'discovered' at 14 or 15."

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