The lead negotiator and spokesman for the NBA's referees said yesterday that Tim Donaghy made threats against him and said the disgraced former official's accusations about his colleagues shouldn't be believed because he is a "compulsive liar."
Lamell McMorris also said this was a difficult week for the referees union, with Donaghy appearing on 60 Minutes and ESPN to give interviews to coincide with the release of his book. They included claims of misconduct among officials that Donaghy had made previously.
Donaghy, a native of Delaware County, served 15 months in federal prison for providing inside information to a pair of gamblers.
Los Angeles Lakers standout Kobe Bryant is the leading vote-getter for the All-Star Game, and the Houston Rockets' Tracy McGrady is on track to join him in the Western Conference backcourt even though he hasn't played yet this season.
Bryant, the former Lower Merion star, had more than 692,000 votes in the first set of returns, announced yesterday. That was about 20,000 more than that of the Eastern Conference leader, Dwyane Wade.
McGrady is nearing a return from knee surgery.
LeBron James and Kevin Garnett lead the East at forward.Dwight Howard has a huge advantage over Shaquille O'Neal at center, and Howard's Orlando teammate Vince Carter is second among guards.
The Washington Wizards will honor late owner Abe Pollin by wearing a patch on their jerseys for the rest of the season.