- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 15, 2001

Seen and heard last night at MCI Center:

ISSEL FALLOUT Folks in the NBA are still talking about the racial flap in Denver involving Nuggets coach and president Dan Issel.

Knicks guard Allen Houston found Issel's comments directed to a fan appalling.

"I think that's something that he has to deal with," Houston said. "I can't speak for another person, but I think I know what he said he probably would have been better off keeping it to himself. You don't want to see it magnified. It's just very disappointing."

CHANEY CHALLENGED Knicks coach Don Chaney, who took over for the recently retired Jeff Van Gundy, acknowledged that this is not going to be the easiest job he has had.

"This is a good opportunity, but I've got to make the most of it and try to help this team the best way I can," Chaney said. "I think we've got some good things going right here, but we can also get a lot better. I think that now that we're starting to get healthy that the pieces might start coming together."

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