The Associated Press
Feb. 10, 2001
No games scheduled. The NBA All-Star game will be played on Sunday at Washington.
Toronto's Antonio Davis, Miami's Anthony Mason and Minnesota's Kevin Garnett were chosen Friday as replacement starters for Sunday's NBA All-Star game.
Davis and Mason will open for the Eastern Conference team in place of Miami's Alonzo Mourning and Orlando's Grant Hill, both out for the season but voted as starters in fan balloting.
Garnett will start for the Western Conference team, replacing Los Angeles Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal, who has a foot injury.
SITTING IT OUT
Reluctant All-Star Kobe Bryant was fined $10,000 by the NBA for missing Friday's media day. Bryant and Los Angeles Lakers teammate Shaquille O'Neal were the only no-shows for the annual mass gathering with reporters.
A 20-second shot clock, the elimination of illegal defense rules and other radical adjustments were among the proposed rules changes discussed Friday by the NBA's competition committee.
Admitting that many offenses have become too dependent on isolation plays, NBA vice president of operations Stu Jackson said the league is determined to fix the problem.
No recommendations were issued, although the committee plans to meet again in June. Any rules changes would have to be approved by the league's Board of Governors.
Lab tests show that Phoenix forward Clifford Robinson was legally intoxicated when he was pulled over and arrested Monday, and had a small amount of marijuana in his possession. Police said they stopped Robinson because he was speeding and weaving on the road.
``We're proud. That's the reason I wore my Clippers T-shirt. Hopefully we can make this a tradition.'' _ Clippers forward Lamar Odom at NBA All-Star festivities Friday.