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Originally published Thursday, October 20, 2005 at 12:00 AM

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NBA notebook: Dress code targets blacks, says Jackson

Indiana guard Stephen Jackson believes the NBA's new ban on bling-bling is racially motivated, but says he will abide by the rules. The NBA has announced...

INDIANAPOLIS — Indiana guard Stephen Jackson believes the ban on bling-bling is racially motivated but says he will abide by the rules.

The NBA has announced a dress code will go into effect at the start of the season. Players will be required to wear business-casual attire when involved in team or league business. They can't wear visible chains, pendants or medallions over their clothes.

Jackson, who is black, said the NBA's new rule about jewelry targets young black males because chains are associated with hip-hop culture, and he said the league is afraid of becoming "too hip-hop."

Boston Celtics star Paul Pierce agreed.

"When I saw the part about chains, hip-hop and throwback jerseys, I think that's part of our culture," Pierce said. "The NBA is young black males."

Exhibition games

Bulls 98, at Celtics 82

Michael Sweetney scored 16 points and Kirk Hinrich had 14 as Chicago (2-3) beat Boston (1-3).

At Bucks 104, Pistons 94

T.J. Ford had 19 points and nine assists and fellow point guard Maurice Williams added 16 points and five assists as Milwaukee (3-1) downed Detroit (3-2).

At Raptors 107, Nets 105 (OT)

Charlie Villanueva had 24 points and Loren Woods scored six points in overtime to lead Toronto (1-2) over New Jersey (2-2).


At Cavaliers 88, Grizzlies 84

LeBron James scored 26 points — nine over the final 2:31 — in his first game back from a short hospital stay, leading Cleveland (3-2) over Memphis (3-1).

At Magic 93, Maccabi 79

Steve Francis had 20 points and eight assists and Dwight Howard contributed 14 points to help Orlando hold off Maccabi Tel Aviv.

At Warriors 108, Suns 96

Baron Davis had 17 points, 11 assists and six rebounds, and Mike Dunleavy scored 30 points, leading Golden State (2-2) over Phoenix (2-2).


Jason Collier's family asked that his funeral service be a celebration of his life, but grieving Atlanta Hawks teammates, as well as former high-school and college teammates and coaches, were still struggling with the death of the 28-year-old center. Collier died early Saturday after he had trouble breathing at his home. The full autopsy report may not be complete for several weeks. A preliminary report may be released as early as this week. Collier's agent, Richard Howell, says he has been told Collier may have had an enlarged heart.

Michael Jordan admits being "stupid" in his gambling, but never jeopardized his livelihood or his family, he told "60 Minutes" in an interview to be broadcast Sunday on CBS.

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