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.
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.
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.