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Will Galen
10-21-2005, 04:14 AM

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League may set standard for exams
Death of Collier, other heart issues prompt push for change in protocols

Star news services
The NBA is considering a league-wide standard for physical exams following the death of Atlanta Hawks center Jason Collier.
Individual team doctors from each of the NBA's 30 franchises currently determine the physical exams for their players.

All players get physicals before training camp, and some teams use echocardiograms to detect heart problems. But not all teams use the tests and the league has no standard for physicals, the USA Today reported Thursday.

The 28-year-old Collier died Saturday after he had difficulty breathing at home. His agent, Richard Howell, said Collier may have had an enlarged heart.
A number of NBA players have had heart-related problems, including New York Knicks forward Eddy Curry. The Knicks recently acquired the 22-year-old Curry from the Chicago Bulls, more than six months after he had an irregular heartbeat that caused him to miss the final 13 games of last season and the playoffs.

He was traded after refusing to take a DNA test to determine a possible genetic heart problem.

Minnesota guard Fred Hoiberg had open heart surgery in June and will miss the upcoming season. Houston forward Juwan Howard developed viral myocarditis, an infection of the heart, after getting the flu late last season, and required six months rest.

Colangelo to step down

Former Suns owner Jerry Colangelo will step down as chairman of the NBA's board of governors next week, a move Colangelo asked for because he felt it was time to give someone else a chance at the job.

Colangelo, the Suns' chairman and chief executive, will continue to serve as the team's representative on the board and as a member of committees for finance, long-range planning, collective bargaining and player relations.

Barkley supports code

Charles Barkley may not want to be your kids' role model, but he could be a role model for NBA players. The former All-Star turned TV analyst supports the league's new dress code.

Years ago, Barkley said parents, not athletes such as himself, should be role models for their kids. But he now admits athletes do influence kids.
"Young black kids dress like NBA players," he said Wednesday in Los Angeles. "Unfortunately, they don't get paid like NBA players. So when they go out in the real world, what they wear is held against them.

"See, these players make $10 to $15 million a year, so nobody cares how they dress. But regular black kids go out into the real world and how they dress is held against them.

"If a well-dressed white kid and a black kid wearing a do-rag and throwback jersey came to me in a job interview, I'd hire the white kid," he said. "That's reality. That's the No. 1 reason I support the dress code."

Barkley conceded there are racial overtones with the new dress code, but points out there is a dress code in every business in the country.

Warriors guard Jason Richardson said he believes the new dress code takes aim at black players in the league. He's calling for the players' association to fight the new wardrobe rules that will go into effect when the season kicks off next month.