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KU hoopsters should enjoy their New York experience

November 26, 2002

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— Wayne Simien wants to see a Broadway show.

Jeff Graves seeks a subway ride to Ground Zero.

Keith Langford, meanwhile, merely wants to âÂÂpeople watchâ when heâÂÂs not busy practicing or playing Preseason NIT basketball games in the Big Apple this week.

âÂÂThe best thing about New York is just being outside, walking around, seeing people, the different experiences you can have,â said Langford, Kansas UniversityâÂÂs sophomore guard from Fort Worth, Texas, whose grandmother lives in the Bronx.

âÂÂYou walk around and see stuff, like all the little chop shops, little stores, little bootleggers and everything like that.âÂÂ

âÂÂBootleggersâ can be found all over the metropolis, selling wristwatches, umbrellas, jackets, necklaces and the like on corners of midtown Manhattan.

âÂÂI might have bought a couple bootlegged CDs, thatâÂÂs about it,â said Langford, who spent five days in New York last summer as a member of the Preseason NIT all-star traveling team.

The all-stars, who went 6-1 on a trip to Canada, had their minds on basketball, except for one evening when all-stars coach George Bucci took the 11-person squad to a Yankees game.

âÂÂThat was good,â Langford said. âÂÂWe sat in (owner George) SteinbrennerâÂÂs suite. We got spoiled with all kind of drinks, hot dogs, anything we wanted. Saw a $30,000 clock. It was a real fun experience. I took a picture with the most recent World Series trophy. That was cool.âÂÂ

The Jayhawks wonâÂÂt have a lot of free time in New York. The squad left Monday afternoon and will return Saturday. Kansas coach Roy Williams said the team would practice today at the New Jersey Netsâ training facility, attend the NIT banquet tonight, play Wednesday, practice Thursday, play Friday and return Saturday.

Last year, KUâÂÂs players attended a New York Knicksâ game at Madison Square Garden the day before driving

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