- The Washington Times - Sunday, February 17, 2002

Seen and heard yesterday at First Union Center in Philadelphia:
WARMING UP The Utah Jazz, who played the 76ers at First Union Center Thursday night, canceled a Thursday morning shootaround because it was so cold in the building. Sixers superstar Allen Iverson made a similar remark that night. ("I told my teammates at halftime I don't see any homecourt advantage by it being cold like that," Iverson told the Philadelphia Daily News.) A 76ers official reportedly had no real explanation. For the record, the temperature seemed about normal for the Georgetown-Villanova game, and there were no complaints.
SHOELESS JOE REDUX Villanova guard Derrick Snowden provided the folly of the game early in the second half when his sneaker slipped off his right foot. Snowden considered stopping to put it back on but, with the Wildcats controlling the ball, continued to play. He had an opportunity to shoot a long, shoeless 3-pointer but passed it up, and then had to play defense without the shoe. In all, Snowden was shoeless for about 45 seconds, much to the amusement of the crowd, which didn't boo the sneaker.
Duff Durkin


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