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June 27, 1999 | DAVID GINSBURG, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Steve Francis walked into Cole Field House, scene of some his greatest moments as a college basketball player, precisely one week before his ascent to the NBA. On this day, Maryland's home basketball court was overrun by hundreds of kids bouncing basketballs and taking jump shots. Francis, who'd attended the same basketball camp seven years earlier, was the featured guest speaker. "How much do I get paid?" Francis asked with a grin, knowing the appearance was a freebie.
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December 25, 2008 | wire reports
Injury-plagued guard Steve Francis was traded from the Houston Rockets to the Memphis Grizzlies on Wednesday for a conditional second-round draft pick in 2011. The Grizzlies also receive a second-round pick for 2009 and cash. That pick originally belonged to Memphis; it was acquired by the Rockets during last year's draft, part of the deal that brought forward Donte Greene to Houston. Greene was later traded to Sacramento as part of the deal that brought Ron Artest to the Rockets.
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January 17, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Steve Francis was reinstated by the Orlando Magic on Monday, three days after he was suspended for "conduct detrimental to the team." Francis, who missed two games, met with team officials on Monday. "We now consider the matter closed and look forward to Steve's return to practice tomorrow," assistant general manager Otis Smith said in a statement. Citing anonymous sources, two newspapers reported Francis was suspended for refusing to reenter the fourth quarter of a blowout loss last week.
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February 8, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Houston Rockets guard Steve Francis will have season-ending surgery to repair a torn quadriceps tendon in his right knee, but he expects to play again next season. Francis hasn't played since Dec. 15. He has appeared in only 10 games this season with three starts, averaging 5.5 points and 3.0 assists. The team said Francis will have surgery Feb. 25. "It's definitely tough and disheartening," Francis said Thursday. "Despite the way the season started, I thought I was making progress.
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February 8, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Houston Rockets guard Steve Francis will have season-ending surgery to repair a torn quadriceps tendon in his right knee, but he expects to play again next season. Francis hasn't played since Dec. 15. He has appeared in only 10 games this season with three starts, averaging 5.5 points and 3.0 assists. The team said Francis will have surgery Feb. 25. "It's definitely tough and disheartening," Francis said Thursday. "Despite the way the season started, I thought I was making progress.
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August 26, 1999 | From Associated Press
Stu Jackson doesn't know what announcement brooding draft pick Steve Francis has to make Friday, nor does the Vancouver Grizzlies' general manager really care. "I'm going to wait, but I'm not going to wait with bated breath," Jackson said Wednesday in Vancouver, Canada. "I don't know what he's going to announce. But I'll tell you this, any announcement that he has isn't going to lever us one way or the other.
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March 23, 2004 | From Associated Press
Houston Rocket point guard Steve Francis was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Monday for cursing during a halftime television interview and for criticizing officials. The Lakers' Shaquille O'Neal was suspended Feb. 2 for cursing in a postgame TV interview the day before, costing him about $275,000. Francis drew his league-leading 17th technical foul, then complained about the lack of a call in the closing seconds of the first half of Houston's 100-95 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.
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July 20, 2007 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
The Clippers will have to look elsewhere to bolster their point-guard position after one of their main free-agent targets, Steve Francis, signed a two-year contract Thursday with the Houston Rockets reportedly worth $6 million. Francis chose the surroundings of a familiar place over a possible reunion with ex-teammate Cuttino Mobley on the Clippers. Francis was a three-time All-Star with the Rockets before being traded in 2004.
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February 2, 2006 | Jason Reid, Times Staff Writer
Swingman Cuttino Mobley and Orlando Magic point guard Steve Francis are former teammates and best friends, so they know each other well. Mobley said there were no surprises Wednesday night in their latest matchup, which the Clippers won, 106-94, at the TD Waterhouse Centre. "We get caught up playing around and beating each other up a little bit," said Mobley, who scored 16 points. "We know each other's plays and moves.
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August 27, 1999 | LONNIE WHITE
The Houston Rockets and Vancouver Grizzlies have agreed on a 10-player trade that will give the Rockets the rights to Maryland guard Steve Francis, the Grizzlies' first-round pick in the 1999 NBA draft, according to TV reports. ESPN and KRIV-TV of Houston reported Thursday night that the trade, which would be one of the largest in league history, will be announced today after it is approved by the league. Besides Francis, the No.
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July 20, 2007 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
The Clippers will have to look elsewhere to bolster their point-guard position after one of their main free-agent targets, Steve Francis, signed a two-year contract Thursday with the Houston Rockets reportedly worth $6 million. Francis chose the surroundings of a familiar place over a possible reunion with ex-teammate Cuttino Mobley on the Clippers. Francis was a three-time All-Star with the Rockets before being traded in 2004.
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February 25, 2006 | From the Associated Press
The Steve Francis era got off to a slow start in New York. The Knicks gave up the first 10 points, trailed the rest of the game, and were frequently booed during the second half of a 94-90 loss to the New Jersey Nets on Friday night at Madison Square Garden. Francis, acquired from the Orlando Magic on Wednesday for Penny Hardaway and Trevor Ariza, was received warmly by the New York crowd when announced during pregame introductions. He started in the backcourt alongside Stephon Marbury.
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February 2, 2006 | Jason Reid, Times Staff Writer
Swingman Cuttino Mobley and Orlando Magic point guard Steve Francis are former teammates and best friends, so they know each other well. Mobley said there were no surprises Wednesday night in their latest matchup, which the Clippers won, 106-94, at the TD Waterhouse Centre. "We get caught up playing around and beating each other up a little bit," said Mobley, who scored 16 points. "We know each other's plays and moves.
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January 17, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Steve Francis was reinstated by the Orlando Magic on Monday, three days after he was suspended for "conduct detrimental to the team." Francis, who missed two games, met with team officials on Monday. "We now consider the matter closed and look forward to Steve's return to practice tomorrow," assistant general manager Otis Smith said in a statement. Citing anonymous sources, two newspapers reported Francis was suspended for refusing to reenter the fourth quarter of a blowout loss last week.
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April 25, 2004 | J.A. Adande, Times Staff Writer
In the NBA it doesn't take too long to go from Franchise to trade bait. Steve Francis has had his disagreements with Coach Jeff Van Gundy during the season, and has heard the criticism from the media and fans. There's some sentiment that for Yao Ming and the Rockets to flourish, erstwhile Stevie Franchise needs to be shipped elsewhere.
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April 22, 2004 | John P. Lopez, Houston Chronicle
The popular term is "street cred." That is, earning the approval and admiration of the hip-hop generation and all that it entails. Shoe deals. Invitations to Rucker Park every summer. Hanging with popular rap artists. Steve Francis has it. And he earned more Monday night in Los Angeles with a triple-double performance and triple axel-type hang time. It was a great show. Exhilarating to watch. Real street credibility. Even so, Francis just can't win.
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August 27, 2002 | From Staff and Wire Reports
The Houston Rockets signed point guard Steve Francis to a six-year contract extension Monday, keeping him with the team through the 2008-09 season. The 25-year-old Francis is entering the last season of a four-year deal worth just over $14 million. His new contract will pay him between $80 million and $90 million over the six years. The 6-foot-3, 195-pound Francis was an NBA All-Star for the first time last season, when he averaged 22 points, seven assists and seven rebounds.
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November 13, 2002 | From Associated Press
A painful third-quarter fall couldn't stop Steve Francis. Francis got up slowly from the spill but was going strong by the fourth quarter as he scored Houston's final 16 points and led the Rockets over the visiting Portland Trail Blazers, 86-83, Tuesday night. "It was over-exaggerated," Francis said. "I got up. As long as I get up, I'm OK. It's just something that happened."
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March 23, 2004 | From Associated Press
Houston Rocket point guard Steve Francis was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Monday for cursing during a halftime television interview and for criticizing officials. The Lakers' Shaquille O'Neal was suspended Feb. 2 for cursing in a postgame TV interview the day before, costing him about $275,000. Francis drew his league-leading 17th technical foul, then complained about the lack of a call in the closing seconds of the first half of Houston's 100-95 loss to the Sacramento Kings on Sunday night.
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