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February 15, 2000

L.A. Lakers at Chicago (8 p.m. EST). Phil Jackson makes his first visit to the United Center as a coach of the visiting team. Jackson’s Lakers are led by All-Stars Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant.

SAY I DO

During halftime of the Philadelphia 76ers game against the Charlotte Hornets tonight, 76 couples plan to be married. It is the third time in four seasons the Sixers are celebrating Valentine’s Day by hosting a six-minute halftime wedding ceremony at center court. The couples were chosen to participate from among 125 applicants.

SOMETHING NEW

Phil Jackson will stroll across a familiar floor and sit down on the visitors’ side at the United Center tonight, his first visit to Chicago as coach of the Los Angeles Lakers. Jackson coached Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen and a supporting cast of Bulls to six championships.

SO LONG

The New Jersey Nets waived center Michael Cage. The 6-foot-9, 15-year veteran averaged 1.4 points and 4.1 rebounds in 20 appearances for the Nets this season. Cage was on the injured list three times this season with back problems and a sprained toe.

SPEAKING

``It’s all very good memories I have (of Chicago). `Chicago Bulls’ sometimes slips out of my mouth and I have to catch myself. There’s been an identity change I have to go through.″ _ Former Bulls coach Phil Jackson on his first visit to Chicago as Los Angeles Lakers coach.

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