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FRIDAY REWIND: Same old Answer, new question

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Randy Hill

Veteran columnist Randy Hill is a frequent contributor to FOXSports.com.
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We all know is The Answer, but The Question may be upgraded to "How do you plead?" Or maybe the "pro" in pro basketball is short for probation. But there's no doubt that AI, the mercurial Philly star shooting guard, has returned to the wrong side of the law. That fizz you now hear is being made by a beverage pointed at Larry Brown's quaking tummy. Anyway, on Thursday, it was decided that Iverson would be charged with various bad tactics allegedly perpetrated in the wee hours of July 3.
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  • For taking our minds off of Bud Selig a moment or two, AI has grabbed the starring role in this episode of The Friday Rewind. Iverson's alleged performance occurred between 3 and 3:30 a.m. at the apartment of his cousin. The cousin wasn't home. But his roommate was, and the roomie is accusing AI of threatening him while posing with a handgun tucked in the waistband of his slacks. For the record, I'm betting Iverson was not wearing Dockers. The roomie has told Johnny Law that AI was looking for his cousin and Mrs. AI, who — during the resolution phase of a recent marital dispute — was forced to leave the Iverson mansion in her birthday suit. The roomie failed to provide caliber info regarding this alleged handgun, but I've seen the field-goal percentage and will cast my vote for a .38. I'd like to point out that such behavior is a new for Iverson. But his hit parade of poor choices lasts a while. These events include the near-release of an incendiary rap tune called "40 Bars." If the off-court shenanigans continue, the next single might be titled "Behind 40 Bars." With dead limo drivers and frightened roommates galore, the NBA must be shielding its eyes from such limelight. I do have some better NBA news. The league now realizes it's had an NBA-generated show on the FOX Network for years. It's called Cops.
  • You almost were my hero, Ed Markey. Ed, the vice president of communications for the Cleveland , recently granted big pre-draft reporting access to a longtime pal who writes for Sports Illustrated. From all of us who dream of such access ... bless you, Ed. And dig this: It was Ed's idea. Such a cool idea; too bad it sort of went to hell when Ian Thomsen's well-done report was published. With a journalist in the "war room," SI readers this week found out that GM Jim Paxson reduced the market value of trade-bait point guard . "Nobody's coming to our building to see play," said Paxson in a declaration that should have his phone ringing off its hook. This is the same Paxson who was among those presiding when was the Cavs' choice at No. 11 in 1999. Pax also drafted the erratic-but-gifted Jamal Crawford (2000), then traded him in a deal that brought powerhouse to Cleveland. Also on Paxson's sheet is the 2001 selection of chubby high school big man , who may be a fine player someday, but arrived with Zydrunas Ilgauskas-like credentials: tall guy with foot problem. So, with such draft-night history to be proud of, Mr. Markey invited SI into the ' bunker. This enabled Thomsen to horde the inside goodies regarding a Cavs near-trade with the L.A. . OK, so he didn't report that the original deal called for the Cavs to trade the No. 6 pick and Miller to L.A. for a player and No. 8, but so what? Oh, he also didn't mention that the Clips had put in an overnight offer rejected by Cavs owner Gordon Gund on draft morning. But Ian was solid. However, Ed didn't let his NBA peers know these presumed-confidential discussions had been compromised by a visit from the fourth estate. Man, oh, man. First, Cleveland's coach (John Lucas) tells reporters that LeBron James looked sensational in an illegal workout on the franchise premises. Then the Cavs' communications guy doesn't communicate with any team that might have been calling on draft night. I suppose the greater consideration for this team is the bickering that was suggested to have occurred in the Cavs' war room. Consider it friendly fire.
  • A guy named Kenneth Reeves picked up a two-year sentence for pretending to be the son of L.A. owner Jerry Buss. The motivation was a chance to cash a $161,000 tax-refund check. Reeves probably needed the loot for a down payment on season tickets.

    Major League Baseball

    Bud Selig was a man in a no-win situation. And the irony was splendid. While being contested in a venue named after beer, the All-Star game ran out of pitchers. Commissioner Selig, whose future agenda includes a World Cup-style baseball event, could have settled the 7-7 tie with penalty kicks. Instead, fans in Milwaukee were forced to go home hungry for resolution. It's a good thing this game didn't happen in Philly, where ties are settled by the concept of sudden death.
  • Monday's Home Run Derby was a repeat victory for . The first-year New York Yankee defeated slammin' , who went cuckoo during the opening round. But the Chicago slugger was doomed in the final found after owner George Steinbrenner traded two prospects for Sammy's batting-practice pitcher.
  • After his first home-run bid landed in the glove of , a smiling gave the Minnesota center fielder a quick piggyback ride. Suspicious baseball watchdogs refer to such behavior as 'roid roughhousing.
  • The Arizona State University coaching staff is proposing that a 100-yard stretch of campus thoroughfare be named in Barry's honor. Bonds, a former Sun Devil, doesn't mind as along as Boulevard is equipped with an intentional crosswalk.
  • After reviewing various accounts of Ted Williams and his frozen DNA, I must conclude that the greenest -related monster is John Henry Williams. According to reports, John Henry — Ted's son — has the "Splendid Splinter" on ice (well, liquid nitrogen) in Scottsdale, Ariz. But he failed to consider one sports-specific imperative: There's no cryogenics in baseball.
  • The day after the tie-game disappointment, Selig admitted that one MLB team may not be able to meet Monday's payroll responsibility. Thursday, one of Bud's associates assured a reporter that — after some creative juggling — all payrolls would be met. But just to be on the safe side in the future, many financially strapped franchises are requesting that their top players prematurely spit out all chewing gum.

    NFL

    This category is dedicated to a pair of rookies from the University of Miami, which now can boast of a deeper lineup than Nebraska on the field and in the post office. Leading off is cornerback Mike Rumph, who was drafted by the San Francisco . Mike has been charged with DUI after failing to keep his blood-alcohol level lower than his 40-yard dash time. Former teammate Najeh Davenport has been charged with various misdeeds allegedly performed in a female student's dorm room. These allegations include defecating in the young woman's closet. Davenport was a fourth-round selection of the Green Bay , but now it seems like he should have been a No. 2 pick. Randy Hill can be reached at his e-mail address, rhill@foxsports.com.
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