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Unfortunately, longtime voice of the Chick Hearn will never call another game again. Hearn, who is credited with coining the phrases "slam dunk" and "air ball," underwent two emergency surgeries yesterday for brain hemorrhaging that has robbed him of normal speech. It has been a troubled year for the 85-year-old, who had his Cal Ripken-like streak of 3,338 games in a row snapped due to heart surgery. Chick is one of our favorites, and our thoughts are with him and his family. The new Slim Fast version of Khalid El-Amin is drawing attention from NBA clubs. Currently he's waiting on word from the T-Wolves, but it's believed he's speaking with a handful of other teams. ... Count the out, and unless the Blazers can put together $8 million a year, won't be back dropping behind the spine dimes in the NBA. Instead, the big man will likely suit up for a Spanish team.
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The are ticked off with the whole Big Dogg deal because they had coveted The Waiter to mentor their two high school kids. A deal between the , and would have brought Kukoc back to the Windy City, shifted to Philly's bench and sent a little Snow southward to the ATL. Following the deals in Cleveland, there are mixed emotions from the Cavs returning players. is tickled pink that 'Dre Miller and Wes Person are history, considering he blames them for freezing him out of the offense. Hey Chris, did it ever occur to you that your poor numbers are due to your lack of talent and not someone else's fault? If you want the ball, grab a rebound. On the flip side, is peeved because his role seems undefined on the new look Cavs. He has asked to be traded and may wind up in San Antonio. The are interested in but have less to offer than the . And speaking of the , they are also pursuing to play the point. ... Now that Franchise's migraines have been properly diagnosed and are deemed easily curable, expect the to offer him a six-year maxed-out contract extension worth around $85 million. Ole Miss head coach Rod Barnes will be getting about $700,000 per season now that he has reworked his deal with Rebel U. The contract is a four-year deal for the 2001 Naismith Coach of the Year. Avid Smack reader Drew from the T-Dot gave us the low down on the Jerome "JYD" Williams Charity game yesterday. He says James "Flight" White emptied the stands Rucker Park style after he banged home a between-the-legs cram from inches within the free throw line. This was after two other free throw line dunks, one regular, the other two-handed. We're out sadly like the phrase, "You can put this one in the refrigerator. The door's closed, the light's out, the eggs are cooling, the butter's getting hard and the Jell-O is jiggling."
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