USING HIS HEAD
- Streetball legend Rafer Alston of the Raptors should take note of this: In a recent game between Golden State and Sacramento, the Warriors' Jason Richardson was dribbling the ball, sizing up Maurice Evans of the Kings, when Evans, taking a move from streetball, put his right hand on Richardson's head. Richardson slapped the hand away. Then Evans did it again, but no foul was called. Richardson violently shook his head to free himself, then hit a jump shot. Afterward, a furious Richardson said, "I told (Evans) to get his mother-(bleep)ing hand off my head. He tried to play me like I was some youngster."
OAK VALUES VINCE
- Former Raptor Charles Oakley praised Vince Carter last week, saying New Jersey is the perfect place for Carter to revitalize his career. "(Carter) has a chance to be an all-star player again," said Oakley, momentarily forgetting that the fans vote Carter into the all-star game every year, regardless of whether he's playing poorly, or not even playing at all. "(Jason) Kidd is going to make Vince a better player. Kidd is going to take a lot of pressure off Vince."
RISK AND REWARD
- Rookie Emeka Okafor of the Charlotte Bobcats says it's okay to be selfish after snaring an offensive rebound. "An offensive board -- in my mind that's a guilt-free bucket," Okafor said. "If I get the ball, I can't feel bad about putting it back up (for a shot), because I worked for it."