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          Latrell Sprewell will hold a press conference today "to
     press his grievance against" the Warriors and the NBA,
     according to David Steele of the S.F. CHRONICLE.  The public
     appearance will come amid reports that Sprewell and his
     former coach P.J. Carlesimo "exchanged apologies in a
     telephone conversation over the past weekend."  Sprewell's
     S.F. attorney, Kurt Robinson, told KNBR-AM radio that "his
     client and Carlesimo had spoken on the phone."  Sprewell
     reportedly "apologized for his actions, Carlesimo apologized
     for his role in it, and the two accepted each other's
     words."  The Warriors had no comment and have "refused
     comment on any aspect of the case since Thursday, citing
     pending litigation."  For the press conference today, NBPA
     Exec Dir Billy Hunter is expected to join Sprewell, along
     with Robinson, his agent Arn Tellem and attorney Johnnie
     Cochran (S.F. CHRONICLE, 12/9).  The press conference will
     be carried live in the Bay Area (S.F. CHRONICLE, 12/9).
          UNION STRATEGY: ESPN's David Aldridge reported that a
     public apology to Carlesimo "is only one of several issues
     that Sprewell's camp is wrestling with."  Aldridge: "Should
     race, for example, be emphasized?  The union has little
     interest in exploring that angle, and, according to sources,
     neither does attorney Johnnie Cochran. ... Sprewell's appeal
     ... likely will argue that the league's year-long penalty
     violates a labor tenet known as graduated discipline." 
     Citing suspensions previously given to Dennis Rodman, Vernon
     Maxwell and Nick Van Exel, Aldridge said that "the union
     will argue that Sprewell's penalty vastly exceeds those
     already established" ("SportsCenter," ESPN, 12/8).
          EDITORIALS: In Seattle, the TIMES called NBA
     Commissioner David Stern's one-year suspension of Sprewell
     "right on all counts."  Stern "has grown increasingly
     intolerant of unacceptable behavior. ... This is welcome
     after recent years of boorish or thuggish behavior" (SEATTLE
     TIMES, 12/8).  The N.Y. TIMES writes that the league's
     decision "sends a strong message to players and fans that it
     will not tolerate thuggery" (N.Y. TIMES, 12/9).
          TOP TEN: Letterman's Top Ten last night was "Other
     Things That Will Get You Suspended From the NBA."  No. 10)
     Show up to a game in the same dress as Dennis Rodman;  No.
     9) Suck the air out of the basketball and then tell everyone
     how "baked" you are;  No. 8) Get caught chugging a bottle of
     Michael Jordan's cologne;  No. 7) Exceed maximum height of
     19 feet 6 inches; No. 6) Suggest that the referee blow
     something other than his whistle;  No. 5) At halftime, roast
     team mascot on a giant spit;  No. 4) Invite Karl "The
     Mailman" Malone to "sort your package";  No. 3) Slam-dunk
     your ass into a spectator's nachos;  No. 2) Drop your shorts
     and dribble without using your hands and No. 1) Scratch up
     the court with your high heels ("Late Show," CBS, 12/8).
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