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NBA ROOKIE DEALS: IS SYSTEM, OR THE CLASS OF '95, BROKEN?
Published March 2, 1998
The NBA's rookie wage scale was examined by Bryan Burwell on "Inside the NBA." He said the system "that management and even some star players wanted so desperately three years ago ... no longer looks like such a great idea." Burwell: "Yet in reality, is it the system that's causing so many problems or just this particularly poor 1995 draft class?" The first ten picks of the '95 draft have produced only one All-Star, the worst ratio of any draft from '92-95. Burwell: "But as one general manager told me, 'If you leave this one alone it might just correct itself.' Yet just about everyone else -- players, agents and management -- believes they won't leave well enough alone, and the rookie contract system will be one of the major battlegrounds in this summer's labor wars" ("Inside the NBA," TNT, 2/27). NOTES: FAME's David Falk, on possible NBA action toward players who refuse to accept trade assignments: "I don't know what else they can do. If a guy says, 'If I had to play somewhere I'd retire instead,' and he's sincere about it and willing to follow through, I don't know what you can legislate to force him to do that. You can't have specific enforcement of a personal services contract. A guy doesn't have to play" (WASHINGTON POST, 2/28)....Pacers Coach Larry Bird answered questions for an MTV crew Thursday. Afterward he said, "I don't like MTV. Our league is going MTV and that's what's wrong with it" (INDIANAPOLIS STAR-NEWS, 3/1).