"By the way, did anyone else catch [Mike] Sweeney being interviewed on ESPN after the All-Star game and notice a naughty word slip from his tongue? Asked if he thought the fans had a right to be upset with the tie, Sweeney said, yes, they had a right to be 'peeved' -- at least that's our edited version. Michael, Michael, Michael." -- Jeffrey Flanagan, columnist, The Kansas City Star GH: Jeffrey, Jeffrey, Jeffrey. The word is "pissed." Sweeney is known to be a very religious person, but this doesn't mean he has to sound like Billy Graham when he speaks.
"Gregor Fucka, considered one of the top European players, is ready to say 'Ciao' to the Italian League and wants to sign a deal with the Indiana Pacers. Luciano Capicchioni, Fucka's agent, said he's looking for a three-year deal that would bring the 31-year-old naturalized Italian citizen to the NBA and, perhaps, the Pacers. 'Out of any team in the NBA, Indiana would be the best,' Capicchioni said. 'It would be a great solution for him.' Fucka, a 7-foot-1 forward, has played for Skipper Bologna in Italy since 1997, averaging 18.1 points last year. Fucka is still under contract, but Capicchioni said there is an escape clause." -- The Associated Press GH: I cannot wait until Fucka makes it to the NBA and puritanical American newspapers have to deal with his name. How will the Star, which replaces the word butt with [rear], react? I can see a future Star headline reading: "****a signs with Knicks."
"I'm pretty much locked into a salary -- the veteran's minimum [$1 million] -- and I'm very comfortable with that. I am someone who will be the ninth, tenth or eleventh guy on a team and play eight, ten, twelve minutes a night. It's just a matter of finding a team wanting a veteran player to come in and help out where necessary." -- Danny Manning, the 36-year-old former KU star, on hoping to hook up with another NBA team, TheKansas City Star GH: Sure glad Manning is "comfortable" with a million dollar paycheck for six months of riding an NBA bench.