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Published February 6, 1995
On ESPN's "SportsCenter," Jackie MacMullan reported, "Nearly everyone is expecting a rookie salary cap to be a part of the new NBA contract with rookies signing either a two-year or a three- year pact and unrestricted free agency awaiting them at the end of that deal. That has a large group of college under classmen considering coming out a year earlier than planned" (ESPN, 2/3). COACHES SENDING A MESSAGE WITH ALL-STAR PICKS? In San Jose, Ric Bucher writes that NBA coaches "clearly sent a message" with this year's all-star selections -- "That coaches are tired of supremely talented players holding them hostage by demanding preferential treatment" (SAN JOSE MERCURY NEWS, 2/5). In New York, Shaun Powell recommends having Johnson & Johnson Baby Shampoo sponsor the "No More Tears Crying Competition" for all those who believe they were "cheated" out of going to Phoenix (N.Y. NEWSDAY, 2/5). SI JINX? ESPN's MacMullan reports that NBPA Exec Dir Charles Grantham plans to lodge an official complaint with SPORTS ILLUSTRATED, "charging, among other things, that SI is biased towards hockey and, 'Anytime they can knock basketball, they do'" (ESPN, 2/3). In Chicago, Sam Smith writes, "Don't fool yourself into believing the past was any different. Great players have always put up a fuss to get what they wanted." He cites Julius Erving, who held out until the Nets traded him, Magic Johnson, who helped get coach Paul Westhead fired, and Kareem Abdul- Jabbar, who got traded by the Bucks "because he didn't think Milwaukee matched his cultural level" (CHICAGO TRIBUNE, 2/6).