The players' dress code Remember the preseason firestorm about their having to
wear suits or sports jackets on game days? The controversy vanished as the
young millionaires predictably reveled in dressing fashionably.
Ron Artest's petulant behavior laid waste to yet another season of high hopes
in Indy, but his January trade to the Kings for Peja Stojakovic did open the
door for rookie Danny Granger. A steal at the No. 17 pick, the 6'9" Granger
(7.6 points and 4.8 rebounds per game) brought some of Artest's tenacity and a
much needed shooter to replace Reggie Miller.
Orlando used the No. 11 pick to draft Fran Vazquez, who refused to emigrate
from the Spanish club Malaga, setting the Magic up for a return trip to the
In February, Orlando picked up Darko Milicic, the second pick in the 2003
draft, and Carlos Arroyo from the Pistons for center Kelvin Cato. Milicic's
perimeter shooting has been a nice complement to the post play of Dwight
Howard, and he is averaging 4.96 blocks per 48 minutes with the Magic.
Minnesota has lost roughly two of every three games since sending Wally
Szczerbiak to the Celtics in a seven-player deal that netted Ricky Davis,
Marcus Banks, Mark Blount and Justin Reed. None of them will be strong selling
points for Kevin Garnett when he weighs whether or not to stay in the Twin
If he hadn't backed out, Larry Brown would be president of the Cavs. Based on
the horrible job he's done as the Knicks' coach, Cleveland should consider
itself the luckiest franchise on the face of the earth to have Danny Ferry
running things instead.