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Tuesday, October 30, 2001
Updated: October 31, 1:57 PM ET
What's hot, what's not
for 2001-02 NBA season


By Dan Shanoff
Special to Page 2

Tipping off a new NBA season, there may be no greater thrill for the hoops fan than to be prepared with the lowdown on the hottest storylines, names and trends. Certainly, you don't want to be caught spouting last year's conventional wisdom at the water cooler this season.

Study the 2001-2002 NBA season "What's Hot, What's Not" List below, then fire up the DirecTV, climb aboard your favorite barstool, sidle into a debate among co-workers, or -- as always the tradition of the Page 2 "What's Hot, What's Not" List -- impress your significant other:

Oh, before we start, let's get one thing out of the way: This season, there is one über-Hot - always Hot, never Not Hot -- and that's Michael Jordan. It's too easy to cite MJ on our list; therefore, you won't find him in here. With that caveat out of the way, here we go:

Page 2's Hot 'n' Not list for NBA season
Category   Hot   Not
Second-wind vet  
Hakeem Olajuwon
 
Patrick Ewing
PG-turned-coach   Mo Cheeks   Doc Rivers
What-are-you-thinking? acquisition   Derrick Coleman   (It's always Derrick Coleman)
Contract joke  
Todd MacCulloch
 
Calvin Booth
Prep worth props   Rashard Lewis   Tyson Chandler
Is it a contract year?  
Al Harrington
 
Alvin Williams
Trade bait   Gary Payton   Mike Miller
Arena music  
Britney
 
Beyonce
On-court fashion trend  
Low-tops
 
Headbands
Skill for wannabe 10-day contractors   Zone-buster jumpshooting   Highlight-reel dunking
NYC-bred rookie PG   Speedy Claxton   Omar Cook
NBA factory   AAU   ACC
Michigan State growth stock   Zach Randolph   Mateen Cleaves
Violation   Defensive three seconds   Illegal D
76ers tenuous grasp   Health   Chemistry
Role player   Burly backup C   Speedy little PG
Laughingstock strategist   Pat Riley   Elgin Baylor
Nearest Laker competition   Eastern Conference All-Stars   San Antonio Spurs
NBA Finals MVP candidate   Mitch Richmond   Rick Fox
Needs more pub  
Andre Miller
 
Shane Battier
Owner   Abe Pollin   Jerry Reinsdorf
Friend-wowing fantasy-draft pick   Quentin Richardson   Eddie Robinson
Nickname inspiration   Alliteration   [First initial][hyphen][First syllable, last name]
Goal of defensive-specialist offseason acquisition   Stop Kobe   Stop Allen Iverson
Soothing team presence   Dan Majerle   Tim Hardaway
Foreign King  
Hedo Turkoglu
 
Peja Stojakovic
Frustrated star   Steve Francis   Stephon Marbury
Sweatband on ...   Elbow   Bicep
Hair style  
Bald-head Renaissance
 
Cornrows
Requisite scoring punch   Terrific troika   Dynamic duo
Fun to watch  
Memphis
 
Sacramento
Passing fancy   Jamal Tinsley   Jason Williams
Air or Heirs?   Air   Heirs

(Just couldn't help that last one.)

Dan Shanoff is a regular contributor to Page 2.