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In easily the worst decision of his life, Auburn guard Adam Harrington signed with an agent, ending his college career. Said the former Tiger: ¿This decision has been very tough for me, but I now feel I have a great opportunity to make my dream come true.¿ We hope that dream was getting his name on the early entrant draft list, because the chance of him getting his name called on Draft Day is about as good as the ¿ chances in the finals. Who¿s going to select a 6¿5¿ shooting guard who only averaged 10 points on 39 percent shooting? He even came off the bench for the team¿s final five games for crying out loud ... J-Kidd¿s regular-season scoring average: 14.7 points. Kidd¿s playoff scoring average: 19.5 points. Kidd¿s value to the New Jersey : priceless. Wrong. Try $26 million. The point god caused attendance to jump by about 6,000 fans a night, which translates to about $14 mil. Jersey also hosted 11 playoff games -- something that surely wouldn¿t have happened if Kidd were still in Phoenix -- earning the a million per game. He also increased their sponsorship value by about one million, for a grand total of $26 million. Kind of makes you feel a bit insignificant, huh? ...

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Rumor has it that Wyoming big man Uche Nsonwu-Amadi is expected to withdraw from the draft but has yet to do so ... Last week reports surfaced stating that Gordon Gund was looking to sell the Cavs. According to Grizz owner Michael Heisley this is old news. Heisley claims he spoke with Gund two years ago about purchasing the Cleveland-based club before buying the . While we¿re on the subject, some noteworthy names are floating around as possible purchasers. Cleveland Indians owner Larry Dolan is one big name and would likely leave the team where it is. Former GM and prez Dave Checketts also has had his name associated with this ordeal. Finally, GM Jan Volk may also have his eye on the club, but this all remains pure speculation at this point ... The are loving the fact that shot-blocker Theo Ratliff has been balling pain and restriction free following hip surgery and complications last year. It was originally thought that Ratliff may have had to retire because of an abnormal hip structure ... If you didn¿t hate Charlie Sheen already, here¿s one, or two, huge reason(s) to start. Sheen took the babelicious Denise Richards off the market when the two got hitched this weekend. Commence hating ... We¿re out like Sheen¿s if we ever run into that guy.
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