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Volume 24 No. 135
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          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).