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Pretenders to the throne

With Chris Webber out, the Kings are playing counterfeit basketball, according to Charley Rosen.

Updated: May 15, 2003, 1:33 PM ET
By Charley Rosen | Page 2 columnist

The basketball played in the Dallas-Sacramento series is to normal blood-and-guts NBA playoff action as arena football is to the NFL. Every game showcases hair-trigger shooters, disinterested defenders and scoreboards flashing like pinball machines.

As such, for both the Kings and the Mavericks, the unofficial principles of oncourt conduct are as follows:

Whoever inbounds the ball never gets to touch it again. Whoever crosses the time-line with the ball is ...

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