:15 Speaking of sandwiches, shouldn't the 76ers fine Shawn Bradley, their spindly 7'6" rookie center, every time he's spotted without one?
It would be a start. Bradley is much stronger and in far better shape than he was when he began off-season workouts. That's scary, because he was manhandled by everyone from Heat center Rony Seikaly to Knick backup Herb Williams during the preseason. With all due respect to Moses Malone (page 106), who was brought in to tutor Bradley, the Sixers would have been better off trading for the Clippers' portly pair, Stanley Roberts and John Williams, who could teach him how to handle a Philly cheese steak.
:14 Should 40-year-old Robert Parish finish his career in a Celtic uniform even though Boston is rebuilding or seek a trade to a contender?
It would be nice to see the Chief get a shot at one more championship before he heads to the Hall of Fame. Chicago and Golden State both showed off-season interest in Parish, but it looks as if he'll spend his 18th pro season with a team that probably won't make the playoffs for the first time since 1978. "We have goals," Parish says, "they're just not championship goals."
:13 Did the Warriors make a mistake in dealing for Chris Webber?
No, but what they need even more at the moment is a faith healer who could make the Warrior afflicted throw down their crutches and walk. After being gutted by injuries last year, Golden State is apparently headed for Season from Hell: The Sequel. Guards Sarunas Marciulionis and All-Star Tim Hardaway are gone for the season with torn anterior cruciate ligaments, and last Saturday, All-Star forward Chris Mullin was lost for six weeks with a torn ligament in his right pinkie. The injuries have transformed Golden State from dark-horse title contender to just another playoff hopeful.
:12 With the top three picks of the draft—Webber, Bradley and Anfernee Hardaway—all having experienced difficulties, is the door open for someone else to become Rookie of the Year?
Nope. The chic pick might be Minnesota Timberwolf guard Isaiah Rider, the fifth player selected in the draft and the last player to sign. But we'll take Webber, whose chances for the award might actually have improved when Tim Hardaway and Mullin went down. The Warriors will now probably turn Webber loose to do the things he does best—rebound and run the floor. A sleeper? Lindsey Hunter, the Pistons' first No. 1 pick, a slick, 6'2" play-maker and heir apparent to veteran Isiah Thomas.
:11 Is Sleepy Floyd the point guard San Antonio has been looking for?
For some reason, every so often someone gets the urge to try to remake Floyd, a shooting guard if ever there was one, into a playmaker. The experiment didn't work at his last stop, in Houston, and it's unlikely to work with the Spurs either. Something tells us the Spurs will be shopping again for a playmaker before the season's out.