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ALLAN MALAMUD

Notes on a Scorecard

November 02, 1994|ALLAN MALAMUD

Bound to happen in the NBA this season: . . .

The entire schedule will be played. . . .

Glenn Robinson will break down and sign with Milwaukee for $75 million, explaining that he just wants to play and doesn't care about money. . . .

Shawn Bradley will try a dunk shot. . . .

It will be blocked by Dikembe Mutombo. . . .

Nobody will reminisce about Dream Team II. . . .

The Golden State Warriors will go on disability. . . .

After serving his suspension, Dennis Rodman will show up for a game with black hair and nobody will recognize him. . . .

Hand checking will be called, but traveling won't. . . .

Pacific Division standings: 1. Phoenix, 2. Seattle, 3. Golden State, 4. Portland, 5. Lakers, 6. Sacramento, 7. Clippers. . . .

Hakeem Olajuwon will be the only Houston Rocket to be called "Champ." . . .

Chick Hearn will extend the league's longest consecutive-game streak. . . .

The Lakers' Eddie Jones, drafted 10th overall, and the Clippers' Eric Piatkowski, drafted 15th by Indiana, will out-perform several rookies picked ahead of them. . . .

Now that Grant Hill has joined Joe Dumars, the Detroit Pistons will become known as "the Good Guys." . . .

Scottie Pippen will sit out the final 1.3 seconds of a playoff game and defend his actions in a sequel to his book. . . .

The Clippers will lead the league in fans disguised as empty seats. . . .

Midwest Division standings: 1. Houston, 2. Utah, 3. San Antonio, 4. Denver, 5. Dallas, 6. Minnesota. . . .

Anfernee Hardaway will demand to have his contract renegotiated. . . .

Celtic fans, watching games at Boston Garden for the final season, will be the most knowledgeable. . . .

Ron Harper will be granted visitation rights to see old friends at the Sports Arena. . . .

Sacramento will remain a model of consistency by winning fewer than 30 games for the ninth consecutive season. . . .

In the season of the NHL lockout, the Toronto Raptors and Vancouver Grizzlies will wish they had been born a year earlier. . . .

Grant Hill--talented, smart, and a hard worker--will be rookie of the year. . . .

Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf will make 85 consecutive free throws, then one will go in and out, and then he will make 73 in a row. . . .

The Utah Jazz will have another Utah Jazz kind of season. . . .

No defensive player-of-the-game award will be presented. . . .

Central Division standings: 1. Chicago, 2. Charlotte, 3. Cleveland, 4. Atlanta, 5. Indiana, 6. Detroit, 7. Milwaukee. . . .

People who think the game is rough will be too young to remember Jungle Jim Loscutoff. . . . Danny Manning will be at his best in Phoenix, where he won't have to pretend to be a go-to guy. . . .

Harold Miner won't get enough playing time. . . .

Reggie Miller will spike Spike Lee. . . .

Bobby Hurley, an inspiration to all, will be the comeback player of the year. . . .

The Clippers will have a lottery pick clinched by mid-February. . . .

"ARE KNICKS FINISHED?" will scream the headline in a New York tabloid after they lose on opening night. . . .

Larry Brown's second playoff season in Indiana won't last nearly as long as his first. . . .

Shaquille O'Neal, newly versatile and competitive, will be the most valuable player. . . .

On a trying night, Del Harris' hair will turn black. . . .

Atlantic Division standings: 1. Orlando, 2. New York, 3. Miami, 4. New Jersey, 5. Boston, 6. Philadelphia, 7. Washington. . . .

P.J. Carlesimo will be coaching a team that is too old, Portland, instead of one that is too young, Seton Hall. . . .

Charles Barkley will talk retirement. . . .

Muggsy Bogues will look shorter than 5 feet 3. . . .

The NBA player listed directly after Bogues in alphabetical order, Manute Bol, will look taller than 7-7. . . .

A team will exceed the long dreamed about 100-point plateau in an NBA finals game. . . .

Houston will beat Phoenix for the Western Conference championship. . . .

Orlando will beat Chicago for the Eastern Conference championship. . . .

Orlando will beat Houston for the NBA title.

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