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STraylor, Baston left
- -in limbo by NBA
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ings are also disallowed.
"I haven't had any contact with the
(Milwaukee) Bucks," said Traylor,
the sixth-overall selection in the
NBA draft, said. "I'm not allowed to
talk to them, and they aren't allowed
to talk to me."
Thanks to the moratorium on talks
between players and owners, many
players, from draft picks to free
agents to undrafted rookies, are in a
state of limbo.
To guard against any feelings of
helplessness about the negotiation
process, the players try to keep in
"Nobody really knows when (the
lockout) will be over," Traylor said.
"I can only wait and keep working on
my game right now. I go to the gym
four hours a day - two hours to lift
and two hours to work on my shoot-
While Traylor and Baston can
soothe any feelings of despair by
working on their games and staying
in shape, their agents are exploring
all possible options in case the lock-
out threatens the regular season.
Other options, such as playing in
the CBA or in Eurdpe, are very real
especially for Baston, the last player
selected in the draft.
"We are exploring many different
options for Maceo overseas and in
different leagues in the U.S." due to
the lockout, said Baston's agent,
Henry Thomas, after Baston was
Traylor, thanks to his high draft
position and guaranteed millionaire
status once the lockout is over, is
just waiting for the matter to be
"I talk to my agent on a daily
basis," Traylor said. "We are just
going to stick it out until it's done.
We aren't looking to play in any
The lockout "isn't really affecting
me. I just have to keep working on
my game and stay in shape."
With no negotiations this moniah
and few scheduled for the future,
there is a very real possibility that
the upcoming NBA season may be
Many analysts feel this could be
the first time the NBA loses games
due to a work stoppage.
For Traylor and Baston, that would
be worse that any econ final they
could have taken at Michigan.
Tractor Traylor (left) and Maceo Baston probably aren't laughing so hard this summer. The two recent NBA draftees haven't
signed contracts yet, and with the NBA lockout, it could be a while before they can start laughing all the way to the bank.
From stsff reports
With the graduation of Kevin
Sullivan, the title of Michigan's top dis-
tance runner is now solely John
Mortimer's. And Michigan's best was
good enough for seventh-best at the
Goodwill Games, as Mortimer fin-
ished seventh in the men's 3,000-meter
steeplechase last Monday with a time
of 8:36.30. Bernard Barmasai won
with a Goodwill Games-record
Former Michigan sprinter Trinity
Townsend's 1:47.18 in the men's 800-
meter race was good enough for sixth
overall and third among Americans.
Another Kenyan took the crown,
Patrick Ndurr, in 1:45.30.
Former Wolverine Karen Harvey,
representing Canada, finished fifth in
the women's 3,000 steeplechase, clock-
ing 10:18.24. She finished 21 seconds
behind Svetlana Rogova of Russia.
July 31, 1998
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