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NBA PLAYERS PONDER ROLE IN UPCOMING WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS

          In an effort to "head off a potential boycott" of this
     summer's World Championships in Athens, USA Basketball has
     sent letters to team members "threatening legal action if
     the players fail to honor their signed contracts with the
     organization," according to Mike Wise of the N.Y. TIMES. 
     Two agents representing players on the team said that the
     letter requests they make their intentions known and "ends
     with the threat of legal action."   Wise: "Whether USA
     Basketball will file separate suits charging breach of
     contract against the players is unclear.  But the action is
     the latest indication that players and owners have a long
     summer ahead, and that a lockout is almost certain" (N.Y.
     TIMES, 6/7).  In L.A., Mark Heisler reported that if NBA
     players boycott the Championships, USA Basketball "is
     expected" to send its Goodwill Games team of collegians
     (L.A. TIMES, 6/7).  But in Houston, Eddie Sefko called on
     NBA players to participate in the Championships, win a gold
     medal, and then "revel" from the "wave of positive public
     sentiment that would be working in their favor" in CBA
     negotiations.  One NBA "insider" involved in USA Basketball
     says this "scenario" has been discussed by the players and
     "met with general approval" (HOUSTON CHRONICLE, 6/6).

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