The man involved in the crash that killed Malik Sealy of the Timberwolves was convicted of drunken driving in Iowa in 1997, court records show.
Souksangouane Phengsene, 43, was driving the wrong way on Minnesota Highway 100 in St. Louis Park early Saturday morning when his truck collided head-on with Sealy's sport utility vehicle. Sealy, 30, was dead at the scene.
Phengsene, who recently moved to Minnesota from Des Moines, Iowa, was in satisfactory condition at Hennepin County Medical Center with head and chest injuries, a hospital spokeswoman said Sunday.
Cathy Clark of the State Patrol said a paramedic on the scene told troopers he smelled alcohol on Phengsene. Blood samples were taken from both drivers. Clark said the investigation will take several weeks.
The Des Moines Register reported that Phengsene was charged with drunken driving in Des Moines in June 1997. Court records show that Phengsene pleaded guilty or was found guilty of the charge about two months later.
E-MAIL TARGETS IVERSON: The FBI raided the home of a Pennsylvania man on Friday night, after an alleged e-mail threat against Allen Iverson and his family.
The sender, identified as a "Philadelphia sports hater for years," insulted Iverson and threatened to harm "those near and dear" to him, making specific threats against his two children, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.
The message was sent to WIP-AM radio personality Rhea Hughes, who alerted the 76ers. Agents seized the man's computer but made no arrests.
THE BIG HOMAGE: Blazers coach Mike Dunleavy was unrepentant about the "Hack-a-Shaq" tactic in an attempt to catch the Lakers on Saturday. O'Neal went to the free-throw line a record 25 times in the fourth quarter.
"It was a good strategy. It worked well for us. It was the right thing to do," Dunleavy said. "When you have a guy under 50 percent from the free-throw line, it has a positive effect. We didn't take advantage at the other end by scoring the way we needed to score."
O'Neal said he takes the Blazers' play as a complement.
"It's a homage to my game," he said. "That's what you can call me _ the big homage."