DUNCAN, HARDAWAY ON WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP TEAM: Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs and Tim Hardaway of the Miami Heat were chosen Friday for the final two spots on the U.S. men's World Championship team, the Associated Press learned.
A source close to USA Basketball, the governing body for the Olympic and World Championship teams, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Duncan and Hardaway were selected at a meeting in Phoenix, where an NBA pre-draft camp is being held.The players and their agents were to be notified Friday night, and an announcement is not expected until both players have signed contracts, which could take several days.
The other 10 roster spots were chosen last summer at the league meetings in Orlando. Those selected were Vin Baker and Gary Payton of Seattle, Terrell Brandon of Milwaukee, Kevin Garnett and Tom Gugliotta of Minnesota, Grant Hill of Detroit, Allan Houston of New York, Christian Laettner of Atlanta, Glen Rice of Charlotte and Chris Webber of Washington.
Gugliotta was selected after Shaquille O'Neal turned down an invitation.
GRIZZLIES' WEST A `NEW MAN': Calling himself "a new man," Doug West welcomed his future with the Vancouver Grizzlies while openly discussing the last six weeks he spent in an alcohol treatment program.
"I got to get in touch with my emotional side, something that I had totally lost," West said after watching his first practice Friday afternoon.
GRIZZLIES' REEVES SIDELINED: Vancouver Grizzlies center Bryant Reeves will miss at least two weekend home games because of a deep bruise in his right knee.
Reeves, averaging almost 22 points and 8.6 rebounds a game since the all-star break, was hurt when he collided with Lakers point guard Derek Fisher in Wednesday's game in Los Angeles.