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December 23, 2007

IT'S TIME TO MOVE ANYWHERE

Former Detroit coach Chuck Daly, above, who won two titles with Isiah Thomas, to the New York Post:

"Maybe it's time for him to move upstairs. A lot of places, they don't like the coach, but they go out and compete. It's one thing to get beat by six, eight, 10 points, but to get beat by 25 means you're kind of quitting."

AND YOUR QUESTION IS?

Utah Coach Jerry Sloan, told one of his players, Gordan Giricek, was frustrated at not playing more:

"I'm sure he is."

SO IS THIS GOOD OR BAD?

Detroit personnel director John Hammon, on Rasheed Wallace's importance:

"He's the guy. We know what we can get most nights from Chauncey [Billups], Rip [Hamilton], Tay {Prince] and 'Dyess [Antonio McDyess]. The question is, where is Sheed going to be from game to game?

"Part of that is fair criticism and part of it is unfair criticism, because he has the ability to do special things that other players aren't capable of. So we are saying give that to us every single night and he just can't do that."

PENAL COLONY

Knicks fan Ray Carsillo of Bloomfield, N.J., outside Madison Square Garden, telling the New York Daily News his boss gave him tickets:

"It's a punishment."

FINALLY, AN HONEST MAN

ESPN's Jeff Van Gundy, replaced as Houston coach by Rick Adelman, on Bonzi Wells' improved play:

"He's playing for a coach he likes."

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