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Trivial Matters

June 28, 2004
June 28, 2004

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By David Sabino Edited by Mark Bechtel

Expansion Plan

This is an article from the June 28, 2004 issue Original Layout

EARLY BUZZ The NBA's newest team, the Carolina Bobcats, will
begin play in the fall. On Tuesday they stocked their roster in
the expansion draft, selecting from a pool of players left
unprotected by the other 29 teams. In 1988 another
Charlotte-based franchise, the Hornets, took part in an expansion
draft. Who was the first player the Hornets picked?

a. Muggsy Bogues c. Rickey Green
b. Dell Curry d. Dave Hoppen

GOING ALL THE WAY The NBA has added eight teams since 1980. Which
is the only one of them to have advanced past the conference
finals?

THIS WEEK'S MATCHUP The expansion draft presents an opportunity
for existing teams to jettison big-name veterans who have
expensive contracts. Can you match these players with the teams
that selected them in an expansion draft?

1. B.J. Armstrong a. Minnesota Timberwolves
2. Rick Mahorn b. Orlando Magic
3. Byron Scott c. Toronto Raptors
4. Reggie Theus d. Vancouver Grizzlies

Call to Order Rank these former expansion teams by the number of
victories each had in its first season.

a. Chicago Bulls c. New Orleans Jazz
b. Milwaukee Bucks d. Portland Trail Blazers

ANSWERS

EARLY BUZZ: b. The Hornets made long-range shooter Dell Curry
their first player. Curry, who spent 10 seasons in Charlotte,
remains the franchise's alltime leader in games (701), points
(9,839) and three-point field goals (929).

GOING ALL THE WAY: The only post-1980 expansion team to have
reached the NBA Finals is the Magic, which won the Eastern
Conference in '94 with Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway before
being swept by the Rockets in the Finals.

THIS WEEK'S MATCHUP: 1. c; 2. a; 3. d; 4. b

CALL TO ORDER: a. Bulls (33-48 in 1966-67); d. Trail Blazers
(29-53 in '70-71); b. Bucks (27-55 in '68-69); c. Jazz (23-59 in
'74-75)