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In this edition of the Four-Point Play, I’ll take a look at the KG winning Player of the Week, the Garden’s identity crisis, the “retirement” of Chris Webber, and the effect of Dirk Nowitzki’s injury on the rest of the NBA.
1. Earlier this week, Kevin Garnett was named the Eastern Conference player of the week for games played Monday March 17 through Sunday March 23, 2008. It was his second honor this season.
2. Maine-based TD Banknorth will change its name upon completion of the purchase of Commerce Bank by its parent company. Once that happens, TD Banknorth and Commerce Bank will become TD Commerce Bank. The combined bank plans to retain Commerce’s slogan, “America’s Most Convenient Bank.” (info from the Associated Press)
3. Chris Webber announced his retirement from the NBA on Wednesday, citing a knee injury that would probably keep him out for the rest of the season. He said of his Warriors chances in the playoffs:
“I really didn’t want to rehab and come back this season because I don’t think that was possible. Plus, because the way the team is playing, the chemistry is great with these guys, they’re on a roll. I feel like they’re going to win, they have a great chance to go very far in the playoffs.”
4. Mavs forward Dirk Nowitzki is out indefinitely with a high ankle sprain and a mildly sprained knee. The team announced the diagnosis Monday, the day after the reigning MVP was injured during a game against San Antonio.