Peep Show

Updated: July 2, 2003, 12:13 PM ET
By By Terry Brown | NBA Insider


Sacramento Kings: The Chris Webber saga of purported illegal gambling, deceit and lots and lots of money has been played out in the media since day one and now Webber's attorneys are turning the tables. They want a reluctant member of the media to take the stand in defense of the all- star power forward. "The public has been bombarded for years by sportswriters demanding in the most self-righteous way that athletes have the courage and integrity to face up to this situation or that," wrote Webber's attorney, Steve Fishman, in a motion filed in U.S. District Court on Tuesday and run in the Detroit News. "It is more than a tad ironic that when given the chance to step up to the plate himself, Mr. Albom appears to be reluctant to do so." Mitch Albom covered Webber in college and wrote a book entitled Fab Five in which he "clearly demonstrated that Chris Webber did not have $28, let alone $280,000 while he was at Michigan." Albom's attorney as well as representatives from his paper have said that Albom will not take the stand.

Milwaukee Bucks: In less than a week Sen. Herb Kohl has decided that Michael Jordan will not be the owner of the Bucks, Sam Cassell will not be their point guard and Ernie Grunfeld will not be their general manager. But late Tuesday, he did decide that Larry Harris, son of Dallas coach Del Harris, will take Grunfeld's place. "I couldn't be more pleased with this announcement," Kohl said in the Journal-Sentinel. "Larry is a guy that I've known now for 15 years, all the years he's been associated with the Bucks. He's a fellow who is extremely experienced in all aspects of our basketball operation and of professional and amateur basketball throughout the country and throughout the world. He's held all the jobs leading up to his general manager's job with the Bucks. There isn't a person in the organization that doesn't feel extremely good about Larry Harris the professional and Larry Harris the person."

Philadelphia 76ers: The Philadelphia Inquirer is reporting that power forward Monty Williams has exercised the $1 million player option on his contract and will remain with the Sixers. Williams missed 57 games last year with an injured knee while averaging 4.4 points and 2.2 rebounds when he did play.

Houston Rockets: The Rockets have decided not pick up the options of two second-round draft picks and will instead have Tito Maddox and Terence Morris play in summer league programs to see if they can earn their way back onto the roster. However, the Houston Chronicle is reporting that the Rockets have contacted the agent for James Posey in the hope that they can re-sign him. "We talked, but we talked to a bunch of teams," Mark Bartelstein said of the Rockets' interest in Posey. "There is a lot of interest in him because of his age (26) and the things he does."