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Around The Rim
Jackie MacMullan
February 01, 1999
Before being traded to the Nets, Jim Mcllvaine should have known his days in Seattle were numbered. When new Sonics coach Paul Westphal was told that Mcllvaine had been playing well at Pete Newell's Big Man Camp in Hawaii until Westphal walked in and made him nervous, Westphal said, "Well, Jim is going to be playing in front of thousands of people, and I'm pretty sure I'll be one of them."...
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February 01, 1999

Around The Rim

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Before being traded to the Nets, Jim Mcllvaine should have known his days in Seattle were numbered. When new Sonics coach Paul Westphal was told that Mcllvaine had been playing well at Pete Newell's Big Man Camp in Hawaii until Westphal walked in and made him nervous, Westphal said, "Well, Jim is going to be playing in front of thousands of people, and I'm pretty sure I'll be one of them."...

Why did free agent center Michael Stewart choose a one-year contract with the Raptors at $1 million over a $1.75 million deal with the Celtics? Because Toronto will be able to get under the salary cap next season and can then reward Stewart for his sacrifice....

Atlanta could have shipped a re-signed Christian Laettner to Milwaukee for Andrew Lang and Armon Gilliam, but Laettner insisted on going to Detroit, which sent Scot Pollard and a conditional first-round draft choice to the Hawks....

Clippers coach Chris Ford has been reaching out to unsigned Sherman Douglas, who played for him in Boston from 1992-93 through '94-95. But Douglas prefers to live on the East Coast and doesn't believe the Clippers will change their bumbling ways....

Casualty of the shortened season: For the first time since the Lakers entered the league in '48-49, they won't play the Celtics....

After Rick Fox resigned with the Lakers, the Hawks were in pursuit of free agent LaPhonso Ellis....

Look for the 76ers to sign Allen Iverson to an extension in the near future.

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