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DIME SMACK: Karl rips on Salley

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We caught George Karl ripping on Spider Salley during the . Karl gave a few reasons why Salley should never attempt a comeback with the best line being, "He dribbles better at the urinal than with the ball." Karl also called the recently released Shawn Kemp the greatest player he's ever coached. We really hope that doesn't count the bunch he's coaching now — Team USA, which is set to compete in next week's World Championships. No wonder the Kandi-Man's contract is taking so damn long to be completed: his agent insists Michael won't ball for less than Mike Bibby, even calling his $80 million deal a "baseline" for negotiations with the Clip Joint. Prying Sterling's wallet open requires nothing less than the Jaws of Life, hence the two sides haven't engaged in a dialogue in nearly a month. This is going to get Rashard Lewis ugly real soon.
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Mel-Mel the Abuser is Indiana's starting point guard. Got it? Now that we've said it, maybe the rumors about every point guard the Pacers contact as Tinsley's backup will finally shrivel up and die. Unlike the other Tin Man, this kid's got heart. You gotta toss some R-E-S-P-E-C-T to George Lynch for telling it like it is. The small forward is unhappy with the way he's been treated in the Hornets organization and has requested a trade to the Wiz, saying, "I'll play for Michael Jordan. I know he would appreciate a guy like me." We appreciate you, George. ... Speaking of MJ, he's spent the summer, surprise, lifting weights and doing conditioning drills. Now he's going to concentrate on basketball drills and playing pick-up ball. Here's a tip — steer clear of Ron Artest. If New York didn't already hate Larry Legend enough, here's another reason. The Knicks desperately wanted to steal Arvydas Sabonis away from the Blazers but they couldn't match the Blazers dollar for dollar. Sabonis retained his Larry Bird's rights to circumvent the salary cap and get that extra dough, but only if he re-signs with Portland. The Knicks' hard-luck summer continues. Nene Hilario is the latest casualty in preparation for the World Championships. The Nugs rookie is nursing an injured groin — always a painful experience — and will not suit up for his homeland of Brazil. And in case he didn't make the announcement publicly before, Nene also has declared that he has withdrawn his name for consideration for the team's head coaching job. How screwed is Raul Lopez? About six ways from Sunday. If it wasn't bad enough that he had to re-tear his ACL, he actually did it between contracts from his Spanish team and the Jazz. Lopez had just bought out his current contract with his own money for over seven figures (League rules state that the player's NBA franchise can only contribute $350,000 to the buyout) and was flying in next week to sign a deal with the Jazz. He actually could not have signed any earlier because of several FIBA rules. Now Utah doesn't want to cover his medical bills and may offer him a reduced salary. Jazz V.P. David Allred said, "We don't want to look like we don't care about the guy, but we don't want to step over our own bounds, either. You want to do the right thing for the player, but you also want to do the right thing for the franchise." Cold. Ice cold. Sounds like the Hawks are ripping a page out of the Mavs' play book by hiring everyone in sight. Terry Stotts, who follows Big Dogg south from Milwaukee, and Steve Henson came on as assistants yesterday. Then the club hired Alex English to be their Director of Player Development (by the way, his rainbow colored throwback jersey is easily Top 5 all time). Finally, the Hawks snagged their greatest player and showman, Dominique "Human Highlight Film" Wilkins, from right under Tostitos' nose to be Player Development Assistant. Brian Heidik, one of the new contestants on Survivor, has followed in the great athletic tradition of fudging his resume, conveniently forgetting to mention that he used to star in soft-porn films. For all of you with Skinemax, if you ever have seen The Pleasure Zone, Passion Cove or The Virgin of Sherwood Forest, you've seen some of Brian's best work. At least that's what we hear. One of the Smack Gods had a brush with greatness yesterday. Walking in midtown Manhattan on lunch break, said Smack God nearly collided with uber-model Heidi Klum while she was walking her dog. Speechless. We're out like Heidik's secret.
Tagged: Hawks, Pelicans, Nuggets, Pacers, Knicks, Jazz, Wizards, Nene Hilario

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