FOR THE WEEK OF JANUARY 20-26
"His way is to befriend them, soften them up, try to make them feel like he cares about them. Then he goes out there and tries to destroy them."—Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy, on Michael Jordan's rapport with opposing players. Irked by the comments, Jordan torched New York for 51 points in the Bulls' 88-87 win on Jan. 21.
Portland's acquisition of swingman Stacey Augmon from Detroit for Aaron McKie, Randolph Childress and Reggie Jordan adds another athletic body to an already imposing team. The deal also keeps Augmon away from the Rockets, the Sonics and the Lakers, who all desperately need bench help.
After bowing to the Sonics 112-96 on Jan. 20, the Grizzlies reached 100 tosses in their 123rd game. That's faster than any franchise in NBA history.
Doesn't Hornets forward Anthony Mason ever tire? The NBA leader in minutes played last season, he's averaging a league-high 43.6 minutes in '96-97. Mason's yeoman production: 16.2 points, 10.8 rebounds and 5.2 assists a game.