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An exclusive look at the agents representing the NBA's first round draft picks from THE SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY. EDITOR'S NOTE: That Rasheed Wallace will go with Bill Strickland of IMG is based on a report by Richard Justice in this morning's WASHINGTON POST. PLAYER AGENT/FIRM 1. Joe Smith Len Elmore/Precept Sports 2. Antonio McDyess TBA 3. Jerry Stackhouse Lee Fentress/Advantage Int'l 4. Rasheed Wallace Bill Strickland/IMG 5. Kevin Garnett Eric Fleisher/Entersport 6. Bryant Reeves David Falk/FAME 7. Damon Stoudamire Fred L. Slaughter 8. Shawn Respert Carl Poston/Prof. Sports Planning Corp. 9. Ed O'Bannon Arn Tellem/O'Neill & Lysaght 10. Kurt Thomas Jerry Hicks/Epstein Becker & Green 11. Gary Trent Brig Owens/Bennett & Owens 12. Cherokee Parks Lon Babby/Williams & Connolly 13. Corliss Williamson Kevin Scanlon 14. Eric Williams Mark Bartelstein/Just Sports Enterprises 15. Brent Barry Arn Tellem/O'Neill & Lysaght 16. Alan Henderson Bill Strickland/IMG 17. Bob Sura Jeff Wechsler/FAME 18. Theo Ratliff Joel Bell/Advantage Int'l 19. Randolph Childress Len Elmore/Precept Sports 20. Jason Caffey William McCardless 21. Michael Finley Henry Thomas/Thomas Sports Mgmt 22. George Zidek Peter Schultz/Kodash, Inc. 23. Travis Best Joel Bell/Advantage Int'l 24. Loren Meyer Eric Fleisher/Entersport 25. David Vaughn Jimmy Sexton/Athletic Resource Mgmt 26. Sherell Ford Steven Whitman 27. Mario Bennett Bill Duffy/Sports West Management 28. Greg Ostertag Lee Fentress/Advantage Int'l 29. Cory Alexander George Bass/AAI Sports Inc.
DANNY VILLANEUVA JR. was named President and GM of MLS's L.A. franchise. Villaneuva is President of Villaneuva Companies, which have interests in radio and TV broadcasting (MLS)....Philadelphia lawyer GEORGE BOCHETTE will be sworn in today as PA State Athletic Commissioner (PSAC)....The Lowell, MA, AHL group has named TOM ROWE Exec VP/Ops for its newly acquired franchise (AHL)....Marlins Assistant GM FRANK WREN became the third finalist to interview for the Devil Rays GM job. The team has also interviewd the Braves' CHUCK LAMAR and the Cubs' AL GOLDIS (ST. PETERSBURG TIMES, 6/30).
IMG's BARRY FRANK "is considered to be the front-runner to become baseball's TV negotiator" (USA TODAY, 6/30).... Sports stars who have "been knocked from a very high pedestal" were examined on "Entertainment Tonight." Included: PETE ROSE, DARRYL STRAWBERRY, and MIKE TYSON ("ET," 6/29)....49ers Owner EDWARD DEBARTOLO has agreed to sell two LA riverboat casinos for $125M (WALL STREET JOURNAL, 6/30)....Blues Coach/GM MIKE KEENAN will remain in St. Louis. Keenan: "I would like, if I possibly could, to end my career here as a Blue." KEITH OLBERMANN called it the "hockey equivalent, of LARRY BROWN buying a home with cash" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 6/29).