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HARRINGTON SAYS HE'S READY FOR THE NBA, NAMES AGENT TODAY
Published May 12, 1998
NJ high school basketball player Al Harrington said Monday that he will skip college and make himself eligible for the NBA Draft, according to Michael Amsel of the ASBURY PARK PRESS. Harrington, 18, said he reached the decision on Saturday after a "heated debate" with his mother, Mona Lawton, who wanted him to attend Seton Hall. Harrington said he is going is to sign with an agent today, and Amsel writes that the "most likely choice appears to be Eric Fleischer," who handles Kevin Garnett and Stephon Marbury. Harrington said he talked to Garnett for advice: "Kevin told me he is having the time of his life. But he said, 'Be prepared to really work'" (ASBURY PARK PRESS, 5/12). DOES THE GAME SUFFER? In Philadelphia, John Smallwood writes under the header, "Child's Play Hurting Quality Of NBA Game." He writes that the NBA's declining skill level "has become a serious problem," as today's young players lack the proper fundamentals, which "is visibly hurting the NBA product" (PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS, 5/12). BOBBY'S CAMEO: In Atlanta, Terence Moore questions why top college coaches like John Thompson, Roy Williams, Dean Smith and Bobby Cremins, among others, agreed to appear in Spike Lee's "He Got Game." Moore: "What were they thinking?" But he adds that Cremins and others may have been "ambushed" by Lee. Cremins said that while at a camp in NJ last year, Lee came up to him and asked if he could shoot a scene for his movie. Cremins: "I said sure, and my line was, 'I've seen Stephon Marbury and Kenny Anderson -- but Jesus is better.' Being Catholic, I felt bad about saying something about Jesus, but I just trusted Spike" (Terence Moore, ATLANTA CONSTITUTION, 5/12).