RODMAN SET TO MEET WITH STERN; NBPA STAYS IN NEW YORK
Dennis Rodman will meet with NBA Commissioner David
Stern today in New York, according to Lacy Banks of the
CHICAGO SUN-TIMES. Rodman and agent, Dwight Manley, will
meet with Stern to discuss the league's 11-game suspension
and directive to undergo counseling. Sources tell Banks
that Atlanta psychiatrist Dr. Lloyd Baccus will be present
at today's meeting, but Manley said Rodman "will undergo no
treatment or counseling by any psychiatrist." Neither Rev.
Jesse Jackson nor NBPA Exec Dir Billy Hunter will attend,
but sources say Jackson "served as a catalyst" for today's
talks through conversations with NBA Deputy Commissioner
Russ Granik (CHICAGO SUN-TIMES, 1/31).
YAZ: In N.Y., POST's gossip columnist Neal Travis notes
Rodman "is about to become a major motion picture star" with
his upcoming performance in the Jean-Claude Van Damme movie,
"Double Team." Sources say Rodman's "screen presence" is
"already causing an industry buzz" (N.Y. POST, 1/31).
MOVING ON UP: The NBPA will stay in New York City after
Exec Dir Billy Hunter was "seriously weighing" a move to
Washington, DC, according to Dan Wasserman on SportsTicker.
The NBPA's lease on its midtown Manhattan office ended last
month, and Hunter has signed a five-year lease that will
move the NBPA's office to an upgraded facility just four
blocks from the current location (SportsTicker, 1/30).