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"I think everybody respected he came back," Ford said. " Everybody here respects and loves what he stands for."


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Special Delivery » New Orleans coach Monty Williams told Pelicans.com recently he wants his young star, Anthony Davis, to visit with Hall of Famer Karl Malone “about the mental aspects of being a big-time player.” Williams has approached the former Jazz power forward about the idea and he is receptive to it. “We’ll try to hook that up at some point,” Williams said. “I think the biggest thing about [Malone] talking to A.D. is being that kind of player, the pressures that go with it and how you balance all of that.”

This is the place » Philadelphia coach Brett Brown is a big fan of ex-Jazz coach Jerry Sloan and EnergySolutions Arena: “It’s one of the great venues in the league. You’re right on top of the court. You’re right on top of everybody. The set-up is fantastic and the history of what coach Sloan left is my most vivid memory. It was very fundamental, very organized, very physical, and there was a discipline here that you respected from a distance. I think the fans appreciate that. They come and bring a strong voice and respect for the program that coach Sloan built.”

Gator Bait » Florida’s Billy Donovan nearly became coach of the Orlando Magic in 2007. During an NCAA Tournament news conference this week, Donovan hinted going to the NBA might still happen. “I got into coaching because of the basketball piece of it,” he said, “and there is an intrigue as it relates to [the NBA]. When you try to project where your future is — where you’re going to be — you don’t know because I don’t have a crystal ball. … [But] the NBA is basketball 24 hours a day. That’s all you’re dealing with — just basketball.” Utah drafted Donovan in the third round of the 1987 draft. He was cut just before the start of the season.

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