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JACK MCCALLUM
October 23, 2006
Bob Cousy and his speedy Celtics would love these guys--a wave of young quicksilver guards who are changing the game by letting it fly
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October 23, 2006

Fastball

Bob Cousy and his speedy Celtics would love these guys--a wave of young quicksilver guards who are changing the game by letting it fly

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New York Knicks

SHOULD THE proceedings in Madison Square Garden remain dismal this season, at least they will move along more quickly. Knicks coach Isiah Thomas is planning to up the tempo significantly, and that means second-year lightning bug Robinson will get major minutes. How much he will be at the point is undecided, but the 5'9" Robinson's skill set (he's a 39.7% shooter from long range and a muscular leaper) makes him a candidate to log some time on the wing. So even if he isn't leading the break, he could very well be finishing it.

SEBASTIAN TELFAIR, 21

Boston Celtics

FOR THE first time the Celtics will have a dance team. They will also have a flashy new playing style, which is why Boston traded for Telfair, who's at his best in the open court. Telfair was a bit of a disappointment with the Trail Blazers in his first two years in the league, the inevitable result, perhaps, of being the subject of a book halfway through his rookie season and of a documentary shortly thereafter. But the Celtics had enough faith in Telfair to give up a lottery pick for him. The team still may not make the playoffs, but at least it will be more fun to watch.

RAYMOND FELTON, 22

Charlotte Bobcats

NO OTHER ROOKIE last season was as unheralded as Felton, the fourth-highest scorer (11.9 points) and the second-highest assist man (5.6) among yearlings. Yet he remained in the shadow of his former ACC rival Chris Paul and spent a lot of time on the wing in deference to veteran point guard Brevin Knight. But if coach Bernie Bickerstaff wants to get the most out of his young team, he will turn over the team's reins to Felton, who is as fast as anyone in the league with the ball in his hands.

KIRK HINRICH, 25

Chicago Bulls

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