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Ian Thomsen
November 26, 2001
Further proof that Clippers owner Donald Sterling operates in another universe: Los Angeles acquired Vinny Del Negro from the Suns last Friday in a three-way deal so that his $2.3 million salary would count against its payroll, enabling Sterling to exceed the league minimum of $31.9 million. No other team has a payroll of less than $41 million. The Clippers immediately waived Del Negro....
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November 26, 2001

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Further proof that Clippers owner Donald Sterling operates in another universe: Los Angeles acquired Vinny Del Negro from the Suns last Friday in a three-way deal so that his $2.3 million salary would count against its payroll, enabling Sterling to exceed the league minimum of $31.9 million. No other team has a payroll of less than $41 million. The Clippers immediately waived Del Negro....

Alonzo Mourning suffered a setback in his ongoing battle to come back from a kidney disease. On Nov. 13 he was sidelined indefinitely after contracting a virus so that doctors could try to regulate his immune system. They have said that they have to exercise extreme caution whenever Mourning is sick. "The cold reality of it all is that I have no control," says Mourning....

Clippers forward Darius Miles apparently hasn't forgiven Jerry Krause for telling Miles before the 2000 draft that he would prohibit Bulls players from wearing cornrows. "I would never have gone to Chicago," says Miles, who claims that if Krause had drafted him, he would have demanded a trade just as Steve Francis did the year before to escape the Grizzlies....

Karl Malone was upset by an Internet report in which an anonymous Jazz official blamed the 38-year-old Malone's faltering production on his failure to work out last summer. "Me not training is like a Hershey's bar without the chocolate," Malone says. "As long as I have a heartbeat, I will never come into camp out of shape."

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