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Moss Plays in Summer Pro League

July 14, 2000

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) _ Just a week before training camp opens, Minnesota Vikings star receiver Randy Moss is playing basektball.

Moss is finishing a three-game stint playing basketball in the Summer Pro League sponsored by NBA teams outside of Los Angeles.

In the first two games, Moss has averaged 11 points and 6.5 rebounds per game. He has three assists, two turnovers, a steal and was 5-of-9 from the free-throw line.

Vikings coach Dennis Green said he supports Moss’ attempts, something most coaches disdain because of the chance at injury.

. ``Randy talked to me about playing at these summer league basketball games and let me know that he intended to do that,″ Green said.

``Randy is 100 percent committed to the National Football League and to the Minnesota Vikings. He is playing these three all-star basketball games for fun and enjoyment and then he’ll be 100 percent full speed ahead for training camp.″

Moss, is a former high school basketball standout in West Virginia, where he was a teammate of the Sacramento Kings’ Jason Williams. The two were featured together in commercials last year.

He has not been shy about his NBA aspirations, and teammates praised his play.

``He’s an athlete and he plays hard,″ the Orlando Magic’s Bo Outlaw told the Los Angeles Times. ``I don’t know if he could play (in the NBA), but that doesn’t really matter because he is great at what he does. You don’t need to put in people’s heads that he could play.″

League organizers had talked to Moss about playing the full three-week season, but Moss declined. The league is sponsored by seven NBA clubs.

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