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New attitude? Iverson says no time to waste

2/28/2005

Philadelphia 76ers: Who says Allen Iverson doesn't like to practice? With Chris Webber, Rodney Rogers, Matt Barnes and Michael Bradley among the new players joining the team in a trade deadline deal, Iverson and the 76ers hope to get everyone up to speed to learn Philadelphia's playbook.

"Yeah, I'm anxious to come to practice," a grinning Iverson told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "And that let me know that my career is definitely turning for the better."

The 76ers lost their first game with Webber and company, 101-99 to Sacramento on Saturday. They have six games in eight days beginning Tuesday in Milwaukee and trail the Celtics by 1½ games with 27 games left in the regular season.

"We don't have time to waste," Iverson continued. "We've got to get it done right now somehow. The concentration level has to be that much higher in all of these practices, getting things taken care of on the court. We've just got to adjust faster."

Charlotte Bobcats: The team signed veteran guard Cory Alexander and waived injured center
Jahidi White on Monday.

Alexander played for Roanoke of the National Basketball Development League this season and averaged 16.4 points, 8.3 assists and 2.2 steals in 32 games.

White has been on the injured list since December 11 and will undergo season-ending surgery on his strained right shoulder.

The 6-9 White played in just 18 games with the Bobcats after being selected in the expansion draft and averaged 2.5 points and 2.0 rebounds.

To make room for Alexander on the roster, the Bobcats placed guard Bernard Robinson on the injured list with a left foot sprain. This will be the third stint on the IL for Robinson -- the previous two due to left knee tendinitis.

Los Angeles Clippers: Veteran point guard Kenny Anderson was claimed off waivers.

Guard Maurice Baker was released to make room on the roster.

Anderson was waived by Atlanta on Thursday, the same day the Hawks sent Antoine Walker back to Boston in a trade with the Celtics.

Anderson averaged just 18.4 minutes in 39 games for the Hawks this season. Anderson played for Clippers coach Mike Dunleavy in Portland during the 1997-98 season and has also played for the
Nets, Celtics, Hornets and Pacers.

"Just to be playing in the league as long as I have is a
blessing," Anderson said before the Clippers' game at Utah on
Monday night. "I knew they were interested. I just didn't know
what was going to happen. I'm excited about it. I can continue to
play in the league."

Anderson has averaged 12.6 points and 6.1 assists in his 14-year career.

New Jersey Nets: Marv Albert will be calling "Yes!" for the team on the YES Network next season.

Albert, whose four-decade association with the New York Knicks ended in June, will use his signature catch phrase during 50 games on the YES network.

"I really am so excited about this," Albert said Monday. "I look forward to a long relationship with the Nets and the YES Network."

Nets owner Bruce Ratner said, "The best is Marv Albert, no question about it."

Ian Eagle, in his 11th season calling Nets games, will remain with YES and the Nets, Ratner said.

Albert, who signed a multiyear contract with YES, will continue to announce NBA games for TNT and Monday Night Football for Westwood One Radio/CBS Radio Sports.

Boston Celtics: Rookie forward Justin Reed was activated from the injured list on Monday.

Reed, a second-round draft pick, was placed on the injured list on Feb. 16 with soreness in his right knee.

The 6-foot-8, 240-pound Reed has played 10 games and is averaging 1.9 points in 3.4 minutes.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.