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In cover-boy DENNIS RODMAN's interview with SPORTS ILLUSTRATED this week, the Spurs' forward says he "will be in show business" some day, adding, "But I'm not going to play some weak-ass basketball player. That would be stupid." SI's Michael Silver writes that "an agent that put together Pulp Fiction thinks Rodman would be a classic Quentin Tarantino villain." Rodman says he is "talking with Warner Bros. and Disney about big projects" (SI, 5/29 issue). USA TODAY's Michael Heistand reports on what various management experts would do about Rodman's on/off court behavior. (USA TODAY, 5/25). Interviewed during last night's Rockets-Spurs game, NBA Commissioner David Stern said of the SI piece: "I only read Sports Illustrated for the hockey and golf news" (TNT, 5/24).
Lakers' VP of Operations JERRY WEST was named NBA Executive of the Year in voting conducted by THE SPORTING NEWS (NBA)....STEVE MCKELVEY has been appointed VP/Dir of Marketing & Promotions for PSP Sports Marketing, Inc. in New York City (PSP Sports Marketing)....DAVID COHEN has been named legal counsel for the Mets (SportsTicker).
Peter Vecsey reports that Former Mavericks GM and current Sonics consultant RICK SUND has been offered the job as Pistons Personnel Dir (N.Y. POST, 5/25). GEORGE IRVINE of the Pacers has joined Sund and BOB FERRY as candidates to run the Hornets basketball operations (USA TODAY, 5/25).... In this morning's N.Y. TIMES, Joe LaPointe reports that possible shake-ups in the Sabres' front office have started rumors that Rangers President/GM NEIL SMITH could be brought to Buffalo (N.Y. TIMES, 5/25)....Disney Sports Enterprises President TONY TAVARES is profiled in this morning's L.A. TIMES as "the man who soon could rule big-time sports in Orange County" (L.A. TIMES, 5/25).... Former Pirate RENNIE STENNETT has announced the formation of the American Assoc. of Professional Baseball Players to promote baseball throughout the U.S. (AAPBP)....TOM BROKAW's long-awaited special on Microsoft Chair BILL GATES airs tomorrow on night NBC (N.Y. POST, 5/25)....USA BASKETBALL holds a press conference to announce members of its Women's National Team today at 1:00pm MDT in Colorado Springs (USA Basketball). Likely name for the Women's National Team: THE HOME TEAM. Among the rejected names: Fab Femmes, Dream Team Too, Liberty Belles, the Hoop Troupe, the '96ers, the Golden Girls, and the Chicks Who Set Picks (SI, 5/29 issue).... Braves Asst GM CHUCK LAMAR and Cubs Dir of Scouting AL GOLDIS are mentioned as Devil Rays GM candidates (USA TODAY BASEBALL WEEKLY, 5/24-30). Other candidates include Expos GM KEVIN MALONE, Padres GM RANDY SMITH and Marlins Asst GM FRANK WREN. The Giants denied the Devil Rays permission to talk to Asst GM BRIAN SABEAN and Pittsburgh denied them permission to talk to GM CAM BONIFAY (USA TODAY, 5/24).