Archive for Wednesday, April 25, 2001

NBA briefs

April 25, 2001

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Celtics' head coach

Waltham, Mass. Jim O'Brien earned the respect and backing of players and management as he led the Boston Celtics on a late-season playoff run after replacing Rick Pitino in midseason.

Still, he couldn't help but have some mixed feelings Tuesday when the team announced he would return next season as head coach.

NBA ref sentenced

St. Paul, Minn. Ken Mauer, an NBA referee convicted of tax evasion in an alleged airline ticket scheme that involved other officials, was sentenced Tuesday to five months in jail and five months' home detention

Suspect held in Camby case

Manchester, Conn. The man accused of sexually assaulting a sister of New York Knicks player Marcus Camby and holding her and two other family members hostage was ordered held on $1.5 million bond.

Troy Crooms was charged with kidnapping, sexual assault, burglary and possession of a weapon following Monday's eight-hour standoff at Camby's mother's home. Authorities said little about a motive but did say the 28-year-old man was known to the family.

Crooms, who received a court-appointed defense attorney, did not speak and entered no plea during Tuesday's brief court appearance.

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