Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Sports | Basketball

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MIDDAY UPDATE: Magic to enter NBA Hall of Fame on Friday

Earvin “Magic” Johnson, the star who led MSU to a NCAA Championship in 1979, is about to live through another Magic moment.On Friday, his old coaches, teammates, friends and family will gather in Springfield, Mass., to hear Larry Bird, his greatest rival and friend, induct Johnson into the NBA Hall of Fame.The 6-foot-9 point guard revolutionized basketball and was the tallest point guard to ever play in the NBA.

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Cleaves to meet fans at shopping center

Former Spartan basketball star Mateen Cleaves will be signing autographs from 5-7 p.m. Friday at Eastwood Towne Center in Lansing Township. Cleaves, who is about to start his third NBA season, will meet and greet fans at the grand opening of the Sprint store, 2959 Preyde Blvd., in the new shopping center, located on Lake Lansing Road near U.S.

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Spartan heads to Cleaves-land

After one year on the West Coast, former Spartan star Mateen Cleaves is headed back to the Midwest in search of some playing time.Cleaves, a point guard, was traded from the Sacramento Kings to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday in exchange for second-year forward Jumaine Jones.

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Trustees to vote on contract extension

The MSU Board of Trustees will vote to approve a one-year contract extension for men’s basketball head coach Tom Izzo at its meeting Friday.The extension would keep Izzo at the helm of the Spartan program until June 30, 2009.And although the board must vote to make the extension official, trustee David Porteous said the deal is as good as done.“He does a great job, and we’re fortunate at MSU to have Tom Izzo,” Porteous said.

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Postseason stats to count

After years of inconsistency between the NCAA and its football conferences, the NCAA record books will recognize players’ statistics in bowl games. Sean Straziscar, assistant director for statistics for the NCAA, said starting this year football’s record keeping methods will be the same as other sports. “Football was the only sport that we did not count postseason statistics up until now,” he said.

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Top guard verbally commits to U

The best guard of the 2003-04 recruiting class has verbally committed to MSU. “I think I made a choice my parents like, I like and even my little brother liked,” said Shannon Brown, of Proviso East High in Maywood, Ill.

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Spartans schedule filled with tradition

Once again MSU head coach Tom Izzo has ensured a nonconference schedule that will force the men’s basketball team to prove themselves. “I think we’ve done a good job of putting together a very difficult schedule,” Izzo said in a statement.

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Former U star goes late in draft

After watching the 2002 NBA Draft for more than three hours and seeing 10 point guards selected, Marcus Taylor was finally taken by the Minnesota Timberwolves with the 52nd pick. The 6-foot-3 guard is the third underclassmen the MSU men’s basketball team has lost to the NBA in the last two years and the 51st Spartan to be drafted.

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Taylor fails to impress, but remains confident

After competing with 65 professional hopefuls at the Chicago predraft camp June 4-7, Marcus Taylor will soon cement his decision to leave MSU.The guard said he plans to return home Tuesday and sign with an agent before leaving to work out with the Chicago Bulls on Thursday.Hiring an agent would end any dreams that Spartan fans have for Taylor to don the green and white for MSU next season.While in Chicago, Taylor said he was focused on displaying the skills that allowed him to lead the Big Ten in scoring and assists.

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Its official: Taylor will not play for U again

Marcus Taylor has no intention of returning to MSU next season.In a press conference Wednesday night, Taylor apologized for misleading Spartan fans and made it clear he intends to be drafted in the 2002 NBA Draft on June 26.“I’ve been working my whole life to get to this point, where I’d be able to put my name in the draft with confidence,” Taylor said.

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Students appreciate Johnsons committment to U community

Earvin “Magic” Johnson changed the way professional basketball is played and he is now almost guaranteed a place in basketball’s hallowed walls. Johnson, who played 13 years with the Los Angeles Lakers, was one of 14 players, coaches and teams nominated Wednesday for induction into the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Mass. During his two-year career at MSU, Johnson put up record numbers.

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Garland interviews for head coach job

Just a week after one piece of the Spartan men’s basketball coaching staff decided to stay put, another assistant soon might be leaving the MSU sidelines.MSU assistant coach Mike Garland will interview for the head coaching job at Wisconsin-Green Bay today, Wisconsin-Green Bay Sports Information Director Brian Nicol said.Garland, a teammate of MSU head coach Tom Izzo at Northern Michigan, has spent six seasons as an assistant on the Spartan bench.