Updated: May 19, 2003, 11:50 AM ETBy Chad Ford | NBA Insider
Sacramento Kings: Owner Joe Maloof said he would give the Blazers permission to talk to GM Geoff Petrie is he's asked. "Nobody has called me," Maloof told the Sacramento Bee, "and Geoff has never said anything to me. I wouldn't want to bother him today. We all feel terrible. And everyone knows what we think about Geoff. Keeping him (when obtaining the franchise from Jim Thomas) was the best move we ever made. But he has to want to be here. I would never want to walk into my office and see someone turn sour, thinking, They never gave me my chance. He would never be happy. Let me add this, though: If they (the Blazers) come after Geoff, we would make it very, very difficult." Memphis Grizzlies: Jerry West is employing a novel approach to evaluating draft candidates this year. Assistant coach Tony Barone explains. "We're going to do a better job of putting the players in a position where we feel they have to think about the game," Barone told the Memphis Grizzlies. "We're going to try to put them in situations where they have to make decisions. That's a major issue in the NBA. That's not tied to any regimented IQ. But there is a basketball IQ that comes out. We want to find out more in these workouts." Orlando Magic: GM John Gabriel will do the drafting for the Magic this year, but that doesn't mean coach Doc Rivers isn't going to lobby. His favorite? Fellow Marquette alum Dwyane Wade. "I just started the smear campaign," Rivers told the Daytona Beach News Journal. "Let him sink."
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