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NEXT NBA LABOR AGREEMENT TO CONTAIN A ROOKIE CAP?

     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).
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