A. No, it's Louis (pronounced LOO-ee) the Lion.
Q. And why is that?
A. Because a local journalist, Jim Scoggins of the Yakima Herald-Republic, did some research and discovered that King Louis XIV of France was called the Sun King. Get it? "It is a bit of a reach," admits Dennis Rahm, the Sun Kings' director of publicity, "but it's a great mascot."
A son, Adam, was born on Dec. 27 to Dallas Maverick coach Richie Adubato and his wife, Carol. Adubato is 53 years old. In February, Milwaukee coach Del Harris, also 53, and his wife, Ann, will celebrate the first birthday of their son, Dominic Charles. And Atlanta coach Bob Weiss, 48, and his wife, Tracy, have Stuart Davis, 2, and Grace Louise, 10 months. We have no idea what this means, other than that perhaps the NBA season is not quite as arduous as advertised.
THE SHOPPING CART
Among the names being tossed around as trade bait are Chuck Person and LaSalle Thompson of the Pacers, Greg Anderson and Jeff Grayer of the Bucks, A.C. Green of the Lakers, Scott Skiles of the Magic, Michael Smith of the Celtics, Gary Grant of the Clippers, and Nate McMillan of the Sonics. And you're welcome to make an offer for the Kings' Ralph Sampson.
LIFE ON THE PINE
Scott Hastings, a Piston reserve forward, reports: "I'm sitting on the bench next to Mark Hughes before our game in Cleveland last Friday. All of a sudden this bird flies over—for some reason there are always birds living around Richfield Coliseum—and, well, lets loose. So the Brotherhood—that's me, Mark, Tree Rollins and Lance Blanks, the Pistons that hardly ever play—puts towels over our heads when the game starts. Just in case. What kind of bird was it? I don't know; I didn't bring my National Audubon Society book, I will next time."