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Ian Thomsen
January 13, 2003
Coach Rick Adelman is optimistic that Peja Stojakovic—crucial to the Kings' title hopes—has turned the corner on his recovery from plantar fasciitis in his right foot. Though Stojakovic has missed a total of 10 games because of the injury and is still in pain, he would prefer to play through it rather than sit out an extended period of the regular season. "Even if you sit," says Stojakovic, who through Sunday was averaging 15.8 points per game, down from 21.2 last season, "you're not sure this kind of injury is going to go away."...
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January 13, 2003

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Coach Rick Adelman is optimistic that Peja Stojakovic—crucial to the Kings' title hopes—has turned the corner on his recovery from plantar fasciitis in his right foot. Though Stojakovic has missed a total of 10 games because of the injury and is still in pain, he would prefer to play through it rather than sit out an extended period of the regular season. "Even if you sit," says Stojakovic, who through Sunday was averaging 15.8 points per game, down from 21.2 last season, "you're not sure this kind of injury is going to go away."...

Pat Riley and Larry Brown are among those who believe the league should consider tinkering with its signature shot clock to provide teams more time to attack zone defenses. "I want to do what Pete Newell has suggested," says Brown. "If the 24-second clock is so ingrained in guys' heads, then don't start the clock until they get the ball over half-court."....

Shaquille O'Neal may be resigned to finishing second to Yao Ming in the All-Star voting for Western Conference center, but the Mavericks are still stumping for Dirk Nowitzki to make the team at forward. Dallas has started a campaign at local schools to try to close a nearly 40,000-vote gap at week's end between Nowitzki, who was third in the balloting, and second-place Kevin Garnett. ( Tim Duncan led the voting at forward.) The first 100 students to submit pro-Nowitzki ballots will be invited to shoot free throws on the American Airlines court. A Mavs e-mail also instructs season-ticket holders, "Don't vote for Garnett."

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