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Off The Table, Onto The Sidelines

   Lakers coach, Don Nelson is off the operating table for a prostate cancer operation on January fourth and plans to return to the sidelines of his team.  His first post operation game will be Tuesday February 20 when the Mavericks play at home against the Lakers.  "Time for me to take hold of this team and coach them into the playoffs" Nelson said on Sunday and with a solid 33-20 record, perhaps he will.

NBA Draft 2001

   The NBA Draft 2001 will be held in New York City, New York at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden, on Wednesday, June 27.  "The fans in New York have always been very enthusiastic about the draft.  This promises to be an entertaining and festive night and we are delighted to have it in New York this year." Said David Stern, the NBA Commissioner who announced this event.  The draft will start at 7 p.m. New York time and will air live on Turner Network Television and ESPN Radio.

Ratliff Goes Under The Knife

On February 13, Theo Ratliff, who players for the Philadelphia 76'ers was placed on the injury list, after a diagnosis of a stress fracture in his right wrist was placed on him five days earlier.  Averaging 12.4 points, 8.3 rebounds and a league leading 3.74 blocks per game, Theo Ratliff played in 50 games this season and may have to sit the rest out to not only recover from surgery but get his game back.

Cleaves Grievance

    Mateen Cleaves, Rokiee Point Guard for the Detroit Pistons brother was shot and killed as the victim of a drive-by shooting.  While sitting on the porch with a friend, Herbert Cleaves was shot in the abdomen.  Jaroy L. Davis, a 19 year old Detroiter surrendered to police shortly after this crime, and faces life up to prison with no parole.  This really hit home for us as Detroiters and Mateen Cleaves, who returned to practice despite his grievance for his brother.

 

League Leaders (Points)

Player G FG FT PTS PPG
  1. Allen Iverson ( Philadelphia 76ers) 52 546 425 1,583 30.4
  2. Kobe Bryant ( Los Angeles Lakers) 51 546 374 1,521 29.8
  3. Jerry Stackhouse ( Detroit Pistons) 51 493 437 1,511 29.6
  4. Antawn Jamison ( Golden State Warriors) 52 517 226 1,304 25.1
  5. Paul Pierce ( Boston Celtics) 53 427 341 1,281 24.2
  6. Tracy McGrady ( Orlando Magic) 48 484 271 1,273 26.5
  7. Stephon Marbury ( New Jersey Nets) 51 439 288 1,251 24.5
  8. Chris Webber ( Sacramento Kings) 45 506 219 1,233 27.4
  9. Vince Carter ( Toronto Raptors) 45 446 241 1,226 27.2
  10. Kevin Garnett ( Minnesota Timberwolves) 54 481 250 1,226 22.7
  11. Antoine Walker ( Boston Celtics) 52 456 168 1,209 23.3
  12. Shaquille O'Neal ( Los Angeles Lakers) 43 474 234 1,182 27.5
  13. Karl Malone ( Utah Jazz) 50 420 333 1,174 23.5
  14. Antonio McDyess ( Denver Nuggets) 53 456 237 1,149 21.7
  15. Gary Payton ( Seattle SuperSonics) 51 443 203 1,145 22.5
  16. Dirk Nowitzki ( Dallas Mavericks) 53 379 288 1,133 21.4
  17. Michael Finley ( Dallas Mavericks) 53 466 155 1,131 21.3
  18. Glenn Robinson ( Milwaukee Bucks) 49 438 198 1,103 22.5
  19. Ray Allen ( Milwaukee Bucks) 51 374 233 1,101 21.6
  20. Tim Duncan ( San Antonio Spurs) 52 439 217 1,098 21.1
  21. Shareef Abdur-Rahim ( Vancouver Grizzlies) 52 391 281 1,070 20.6
  22. Cuttino Mobley ( Houston Rockets) 52 347 273 1,022 19.7
  23. Jason Terry ( Atlanta Hawks) 53 383 202 1,020 19.2
  24. Steve Francis ( Houston Rockets) 51 343 242 1,014 19.9
  25. Allan Houston ( New York Knickerbockers) 50 368 196 1,002 20.0
  26. Jamal Mashburn ( Charlotte Hornets) 49 378 174 1,000 20.4
  27. Ron Mercer ( Chicago Bulls) 49 402 168 985 20.1
  28. Reggie Miller ( Indiana Pacers) 51 325 223 969 19.0
  29. Nick Van Exel ( Denver Nuggets) 54 347 159 964 17.9
  30. David Wesley ( Charlotte Hornets) 54 363 176 959 17.8
  31. Rasheed Wallace ( Portland Trail Blazers) 50 387 160 959 19.2
  32. Elton Brand ( Chicago Bulls) 47 356 242 954 20.3
  33. Juwan Howard ( Washington Wizards) 53 381 192 954 18.0
  34. Lamar Odom ( Los Angeles Clippers) 55 343 192 937 17.0
  35. Clifford Robinson ( Phoenix Suns) 51 357 164 933 18.3
  36. Eddie Jones ( Miami Heat) 49 328 194 921 18.8
  37. Mike Bibby ( Vancouver Grizzlies) 53 338 111 856 16.2
  38. Jalen Rose ( Indiana Pacers) 41 320 184 851 20.8
  39. Darrell Armstrong ( Orlando Magic) 51 291 157 840 16.5
  40. Latrell Sprewell ( New York Knickerbockers) 48 311 182 831 17.3
  41. Andre Miller ( Cleveland Cavaliers) 51 291 238 831 16.3
  42. Predrag Stojakovic ( Sacramento Kings) 43 305 133 828 19.3
  43. Shawn Marion ( Phoenix Suns) 51 336 139 826 16.2
  44. Anthony Mason ( Miami Heat) 53 282 260 824 15.5
  45. Terrell Brandon ( Minnesota Timberwolves) 50 335 134 822 16.4
  46. Sam Cassell ( Milwaukee Bucks) 48 322 156 820 17.1
  47. Brian Grant ( Miami Heat) 53 307 194 808 15.2
  48. Tim Hardaway ( Miami Heat) 52 275 111 795 15.3
  49. Richard Hamilton ( Washington Wizards) 51 306 139 783 15.4
  50. Derek Anderson ( San Antonio Spurs) 52 252 206 769 14.8
  51. Rashard Lewis ( Seattle SuperSonics) 52 283 119 761 14.6
  52. Damon Stoudamire ( Portland Trail Blazers) 45 233 122 632 14.0
  53. Larry Hughes ( Golden State Warriors) 34 218 138 587 17.3
  54. Steve Nash ( Dallas Mavericks) 35 203 121 579 16.5
  55. Jason Kidd ( Phoenix Suns) 34 185 163 567 16.7
  56. Bryon Russell ( Utah Jazz) 33 172 113 507 15.4
  57. Travis Best ( Indiana Pacers) 33 179 85 464 14.1
  58. Baron Davis ( Charlotte Hornets) 32 157 94 442 13.8
  59. Chauncey Billups ( Minnesota Timberwolves) 29 138 92 410 14.1
  60. Alan Henderson ( Atlanta Hawks) 23 133 87 353 15.3
  61. Steve Smith ( Portland Trail Blazers) 25 113 105 351 14.0
  62. Rod Strickland ( Washington Wizards) 21 108 86 305 14.5