Two-time league MVP Steve Nash of the Phoenix Suns served as a correspondent for CBS's Late Show With David Letterman at Game 3 of the NBA Finals last night in Orlando.

Nash will appear on the show tonight to report on the game between the Magic and the Lakers.

Belated confession

Two days later, Phil Jackson called goaltending on his own center.

Jackson said Los Angeles center Pau Gasol should have been whistled for goaltending on Orlando guard Courtney Lee's missed layup in the final second of regulation in Game 2 of the Finals on Sunday.

Gasol's right hand grazed the net and his fingers hit the rim while he tried to block Lee's shot. Lee's shot - which would have tied the series if he made it - caromed off the backboard and front of the rim, and the Lakers won in overtime.


Forwards Jermaine O'Neal and Yakhouba Diawara of the Miami Heat have exercised options to remain under contract for next season. . . . nolead begins

A woman arrested May 6 at the Dallas house of Mavs star Dirk Nowitzki's has a July 27 hearing on her theft arrest. Crystal Taylor, 37, remained in the Jefferson County Jail.

- Associated Press