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NBA'S BAD BOYS PROFILED ON SITV, WIDE WORLD OF SPORTS
Published January 30, 1995
ABC's "Wide World of Sports" featured a video version of Phil Taylor's "Bad Actors" article in SI's January 30 issue. Taylor interviews Bulls Coach Phil Jackson, Former player/radio talk host Norm Van Lier, as well as NBA Commissioner David Stern. Stern: "So, you've got three players missing practice. The same number have been missing practice for the last fifty years of our existence, but you need something to write about. ... Each of those acts that make you wince, also make news in an incredible way. And that's the price of having the kind of coverage we have. None of it is excusable, if you are paid to play and you are paid to practice, then you should show up and you should play and you should practice" (ABC, 1/28). TWO PLAYERS RESPOND: In the wake of the SI story, the Nets' Derrick Coleman released a statement "vowing to stay a Net, pledging full support" for Nets Coach Butch Beard and promising to become a team leader (Shaun Powell, N.Y. NEWSDAY, 1/29). Coleman insists the timing of his statement had nothing to do with the story, which prods Ailene Voisin to write, "Uh, huh" (ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 1/29).