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RODMAN SET TO MEET WITH STERN; NBPA STAYS IN NEW YORK
Published January 31, 1997
Dennis Rodman will meet with NBA Commissioner David Stern today in New York, according to Lacy Banks of the CHICAGO SUN-TIMES. Rodman and agent, Dwight Manley, will meet with Stern to discuss the league's 11-game suspension and directive to undergo counseling. Sources tell Banks that Atlanta psychiatrist Dr. Lloyd Baccus will be present at today's meeting, but Manley said Rodman "will undergo no treatment or counseling by any psychiatrist." Neither Rev. Jesse Jackson nor NBPA Exec Dir Billy Hunter will attend, but sources say Jackson "served as a catalyst" for today's talks through conversations with NBA Deputy Commissioner Russ Granik (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 1/31). YAZ: In N.Y., POST's gossip columnist Neal Travis notes Rodman "is about to become a major motion picture star" with his upcoming performance in the Jean-Claude Van Damme movie, "Double Team." Sources say Rodman's "screen presence" is "already causing an industry buzz" (N.Y. POST, 1/31). MOVING ON UP: The NBPA will stay in New York City after Exec Dir Billy Hunter was "seriously weighing" a move to Washington, DC, according to Dan Wasserman on SportsTicker. The NBPA's lease on its midtown Manhattan office ended last month, and Hunter has signed a five-year lease that will move the NBPA's office to an upgraded facility just four blocks from the current location (SportsTicker, 1/30).