In one week, at the NBA Draft Lottery, the new Knicks coach will find out if he has someone whom he privately believes also can run his breakneck attack to perfection -- University of Memphis point guard Derrick Rose. Mike D'Antoni has told confidants he believes Rose could be the next Steve Nash. While D'Antoni pines for Rose, he also can try to get Nash to New York if he really wants. Nash can opt out of his contract after next season and force Phoenix into a sign-and-trade with the Knicks. Comment
Incensed at the chants emanating from the Washington dugout during the Mets' 10-4 loss Monday night at Shea, Mets pitcher Nelson Figueroa ripped the Nationals afterward. "They were cheerleading in the dugout like a bunch of softball girls," Figueroa said. "I'm a professional, just like anybody else. I take huge offense to that. If that's what a last-place team needs to do to fire themselves up, so be it. I think you need to show a little bit more class, a little bit more professionalism. They won tonight, but again, in the long run, they are who they are." Comment
Past contract disputes involving Terrell Owens have led to holdouts, public disputes and sidewalk sit-ups. Going into the final year of a three-year, $25 million deal, Owens hopes his days in Dallas aren't dwindling. But even if they are, he says the unrest created as he shot his way out of San Francisco and Philadelphia should not be expected this time around. "For sure, I definitely want to end my career with the Dallas Cowboys, and go into the Hall of Fame as a Dallas Cowboy," said Owens, who was also promoting his Wednesday appearance on the MyNetworkTV sitcom Under One Roof. "I'm going to let God fight that battle for me. There was a situation where the contract didn't work out in Philly. With this, I'm going to let it play out and not try to be a distraction." Comment
Boston's Kevin Garnett holds Gloria James after she came out of her seat following a foul on her son, Cleveland's LeBron James, by Paul Pierce in the second quarter of Game 4 of the NBA basketball Eastern Conference semifinals in Cleveland.(AP Photo)
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