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Published December 1, 1997
In Chicago, Jay Mariotti on Bulls Owner Jerry Reinsdorf's handling of Scottie Pippen's trade request: "It is despicable how Reinsdorf tries to sway the masses, taking mushy questions on rightsholder radio stations to paint Pippen as an idiot for signing a deal that almost instantly becomes obsolete. ... In baseball and basketball, Reinsdorf constantly tries to show his brilliance, to the point of thinking himself into knots and distancing him from the big goal" (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 11/30). Noting that Michael Jordan makes $30.365M more than Pippen, who makes $2.775M, ESPN's Mike Lupica said, "Somewhere along the line the Bulls owner should have done the very best that he could under the salary cap rules to at least try to make things right with Pippen. He didn't ... He's always acted small, even running the biggest team in sports. And when both Jordan and Pippen are gone he'll revert to being a nobody, the way he already is running the White Sox" ("SportsWeekly," 11/30). NOTE: In Philadelphia, 20,714 attended the CoreStates Center Lakers-76ers on Friday night; 19,634 attended Friday afternoon's Islanders-Flyers game and a sellout crowd of 17,380 watched the AHL Bears-Phantoms game at the CoreStates Spectrum. The three games totalled 57,728 -- a one-day record for the CoreStates complex (DAILY NEWS, 11/29).