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Rozier, Warriors agree on contract

Clifford Rozier, the 16th player chosen in this year's NBA draft, has signed a four-year contract with the Golden State Warriors.

No other terms of the agreement with the 6-foot-11 Rozier, a former Bradenton Southeast High star who can play forward or center, were released. Rozier, a first team All-America last season, skipped his senior year at Louisville to enter the draft.

"Clifford made good progress during our September minicamp and we look forward to continuing the process of helping him make the transition from being a collegiate All-American to becoming an effective NBA big man," Warriors coach and general manager Don Nelson said.

"As is the case with many of the players who come out of college early, he is going to need some time to adjust to this level. But we are encouraged by what we have seen so far and look forward to having him in camp on Monday."

The signing of Rozier will help fill a gap in the Warriors' front line.

Last season's NBA rookie of the year, Chris Webber, has not signed for this season and rookie Carlos Rogers is unsigned. Five-time All-Star Chris Mullin will be out 6-8 weeks with a knee injury and Billy Owens is out two weeks with a hamstring injury.

Pippen unrepentant

CHICAGO _ A new book about the Chicago Bulls says Scottie Pippen knew he was making a controversial decision when he decided to sit out the final 1.8 seconds of the third game of the 1994 Eastern Conference semifinals against the New York Knicks.

"I knew it as soon as I did it. I just didn't care," Pippen said in Transition Game, a book by Chicago Tribune sports reporter Melissa Isaacson. "If I'm put in that position again and I'm still considered the team leader, and we're down 2-0, I'm going to voice my opinion again."

Pippen said he was angry because coach Phil Jackson wanted him to pass the ball in bounds to Toni Kukoc for a last-second shot.

Kukoc made the basket, and the Bulls won the game.

The book also described the emotional reaction of the usually quiet Bill Cartwright. After hyperventilating in the shower, the center addressed the team with tears in his eyes.

"Scottie, I can't believe you would let us come so far, to bust our (tails), and then be so selfish," Cartwright said. "I've never seen anything like it. It's totally unacceptable."

Tarpley's knee aching

DALLAS _ Roy Tarpley's return has hit another obstacle. Pain in the Dallas Mavericks' forward's left knee forced him to miss practice, and coach Dick Motta admitted Tarpley could begin the season on the injured list.

The Mavericks list Tarpley's injury as tendinitis, a problem he has had since training camp began three weeks ago. Tarpley said there is possible cartilage damage in the left side of the knee.

Around the league

Jazz: Forward Antoine Carr, a veteran of 10 NBA seasons, signed with Utah. He played the past three seasons with the San Antonio Spurs. Carr, 33, appeared in 34 regular-season games last year, averaging 5.8 points.

Saturday's games

Magic 117, Heat 108: Shaquille O'Neal scored 28 points to lead Orlando in the NBA preseason finale for both teams at New Orleans' Superdome. Orlando (6-2) opens the regular season Friday at Washington. Miami (3-5) opens Friday at Utah. Harold Minor led the Heat with 21 points. It was O'Neal's first game in the Superdome since he was at LSU from 1989-91. "It was good to be back so the fans could see me play," O'Neal said.

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