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Highs and lows of playing Ivo

Updated: February 22, 2007, 5:30 PM ET
By Paul Goldstein
Following Ivo Karlovic's impressive run to the finals of the SAP Open last week in San Jose, Calif., Chris Mullin, GM of the NBA's Golden State Warriors, said the following to his good friend and tennis savant Brad Gilbert about the 6-foot-10 behemoth, "If the guy can bang inside, we might have a roster spot for him."

While Mully may have been joking, most guys on tour thought seeing him in an NBA uniform as opposed to the other side of the net was the best idea they had heard in a long time. After last week, James Blake and Mardy Fish were prepared to personally begin Ivo's basketball education by inviting him to a local gym to school him on the finer points of the pick 'n' roll.

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