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Coleman arrested outside nightclub

Derrick Coleman is back in trouble, but he says it's just a misunderstanding.

The New Jersey Net and highest-paid player in the NBA was arrested outside a nightclub early Saturday on a disorderly conduct charge.

Police asked Coleman to move his pickup, which was parked across a sidewalk and blocking traffic outside the club. Coleman refused and got into an argument with a police sergeant, said Deputy Chief Benny Napoleon.

Coleman said later that a valet parked his pickup.

He said he and the police officer exchanged words. "Maybe I lost control. Maybe he lost control. He felt he had to arrest me," Coleman said.

"It was just a misunderstanding," he said.

Coleman's lawyer, Harold McDonald, said the argument had been blown out of proportion. "There was no violence, no resisting arrest, nothing," he said.

Coleman, 28, was taken to police headquarters, issued a citation and released. The misdemeanor charge carries a maximum penalty of 90 days in jail or a $100 fine. His arraignment was set for July 14.

Magic comes forward

Magic Johnson again is pondering a comeback _ this time as a power forward.

Johnson, who will turn 36 in August, has talked about a comeback with the Los Angeles Lakers before. He attempted one three years ago but cut it short when some NBA players made it clear they did not want to compete against a player who was HIV-positive.

"The Lakers really want him to come back," said Lon Rosen, Johnson's agent.

Lakers vice president Jerry West will join Johnson in Hawaii next week for a basketball camp. The two are expected to discuss Johnson's future.

Johnson, at 6 feet 9, would come back as a power forward because the Lakers have a dangerous point guard in Nick Van Exel, and because Johnson is bigger and slower than in his glory years.

"He doesn't want to play the point," Rosen said. "He wants to stay away from that. He's not as fast as he used to be, and he's up to about 250 pounds."

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