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April 5, 2008 2:33 PM

Shoe fiasco

Posted by Jayda Evans

Normally I wouldn't want to send you to a direct competitor, but this story from the P-I is a worthy read. Many have wondered how the season is taking its toll on the players and the giveaway after Friday's loss to Houston clearly showed it.

PG Earl Watson had no intentions of participating. I asked him about how you make the turnaround from another rough loss to, "Hey guys, it's time to put on a happy face for the fans and give away your autographed shoes!," and he said he wasn't giving away his shoes. He added that he planned on winning when it was his go-round. "Ask me when my time comes," he said before Sonics officials apparently forced him to participate in the event after he had showered and dressed, trying to slip through the visitor's locker room exit as F Jeff Green had done moments earlier.

Watson said the event was broken up for the final three games -- now two -- and it should happen again after the Denver game on Sunday. I don't think the outcome will be any different, however. The Nuggets have to win to keep their lead on Golden State for the eighth and final playoff seed, so the Supes will be grumpy again.

But the player's attitudes could be different. They had another off day today, most likely to watch the NCAA tournament games and rest nagging injuries from a fruitless season. Yet, if Watson's UCLA and Nick Collison's Kansas don't advance, watch out.

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