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Who, what to believe on draft's eve

Players' nerves become frayed when rumors get started so close to the NBA draft.

Updated: June 26, 2002, 12:50 AM ET
By Andy Katz | ESPN.com

NEW YORK -- Jay Williams entered an interview room at the Sheraton in midtown Manhattan on Tuesday looking more confused about his draft status than at any point over the past two months.

Why? There was a rumor circulating that the Yao Ming-Houston negotiations were suddenly not going so smoothly. The latest episode of the Yao chronicles had the deal off, sending the entire lottery in flux. Williams wouldn't be heading to Chicago. Instead, Houston -- a team Williams didn't work out for -- ...

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