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WORTH WAITING FOR
Tim Crothers
January 19, 1998
New Jersey rookie Keith van Horn started late but quickly unveiled a dazzling game
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January 19, 1998

Worth Waiting For

New Jersey rookie Keith van Horn started late but quickly unveiled a dazzling game

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It's all part of "changing the culture," a catchphrase Calipari utters every day. "People don't like me saying this, but let's face it, how many organizations were as bad as the Nets?" Calipari says. "I think Keith is the perfect guy to finally steer us in the right direction. He's a gym rat fully committed to winning a championship for the New Jersey fans."

Williams, the Nets' senior member in terms of service with the club (six years) and a possible free agent at season's end, admits that he no longer fantasizes about fleeing the franchise. "I must have played with 97 players since I've been here, and in the past, whenever I saw my old teammates, they looked at me like I was in purgatory," Williams says. "It feels different this year. When somebody asks me, 'What did Santa bring you for Christmas?' I say, 'That guy.' "

Williams points across the Nets' dressing room at a young man in his boxer shorts. That isn't Keith Van Horn, is it?

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