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Scottie Pippen probably never had to call players out like this during the dynasty days. Pippen chastised his younger teammates for their lack of effort, saying it's time they took some pride in themselves, their games and the team they represent. "That's where it all comes down to: Have you gotten any better since you were drafted here? Are you showing that you're going to make this franchise better in the near future? Have you made any steps?" he said. "And I don't see a lot of steps in a lot of players." At 12-30, the Bulls had the second-worst record in the NBA. They have lost five straight.

NETS: Politically connected developer Bruce Ratner needs numerous government approvals before his glass-walled arena can be built in Brooklyn. City and state agencies must approve infrastructure changes, tax breaks and condemnations of neighboring homes that could end up costing hundreds of millions of dollars. Ratner, the winning bidder in the Nets sale, still must sign an agreement with Community Youth Organization, which owns the franchise. Then the deal must be ratified by the board of YankeeNets, the holding company of the Nets and New York Yankees. The 19,000-seat arena would sit amid apartments and stores. From the state, Ratner needs both air rights and a condemnation power to take nearby homes and businesses. He estimates about 150 homes would be affected, although neighbors fear the number would be higher.

SUPERSONICS: Forward Ansu Sesay was activated and guard Richie Frahm (knee) was sent to the injured list. Sesay missed 15 games with a sprained left ring finger.

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