Publish date:

For The Record

PLAYED For the Las Vegas Rattlers of the American Basketball
Association, Joe (Jellybean) Bryant, the 49-year-old father of
Lakers guard Kobe Bryant. In the Rattlers' regular-season finale
against the Long Beach Jam on March 2, Bryant, who coaches the
team, put himself in the lineup. The Rattlers were short two
players, but according to owner Roy Hammonds, Bryant was "itching
to play all year." Wearing his son's number 8--but in a Jam
jersey because the Rattlers' duds had been stolen--Bryant had 18
points in a 142-122 loss, going 7 for 23 from the field. "Now you
know where Kobe gets it from," Hammonds says.

ACCUSED By Ken Venturi, of cheating to win the 1958 Masters,
Arnold Palmer. In his new book, Getting Up & Down: My 60 Years in
Golf, Venturi, 72, says Palmer illegally played two balls on the
12th hole in the final round of the tournament after his first
became embedded in the ground. Palmer, now 74, saved two strokes
by playing the second ball and won by a stroke. But Venturi
claims Palmer wasn't entitled to the drop because he didn't
decide to take it until after he had holed out his first ball. "I
firmly believe that he did wrong," Venturi writes, "and that he
knows that I know he did wrong." In the past Palmer has said the
drop--which was approved by Masters officials--was legal.

NOTICED By SI reader Gary Duff of Granite City, Ill., an error in
the final exam then Georgia assistant coach Jim Harrick Jr. gave
to his Coaching Principles and Strategies of Basketball class in
2001. Included among such questions as "How many goals are on a
basketball court?" was one asking "How many fouls is a player
allowed to have in one Basketball game before fouling out in that
game?" The possible answers listed were three, five, seven and
zero. Duff pointed out that a player with five fouls may not stay
on the court, meaning the correct answer, four, was not among the

DIED Of acute myelogenous leukemia, John Henry Williams, 35. The
only son of late Hall of Famer Ted Williams, John Henry
controlled his father's business interests in the Splendid
Splinter's latter years. Following Ted's death in July 2002, John
Henry feuded with his half sister, Bobby-Jo Ferrell, over whether
to send their father's remains to a cryonics lab. Ultimately Ted
Williams was frozen in Arizona, thanks largely to a piece of
paper stained with motor oil and bearing the signatures of John
Henry, his sister, Claudia, and Ted that stated their desire to
be put in "Bio-Stasis after we die." John Henry's remains were
reportedly transferred to the same facility as his father's.

AMPUTATED Below the knee because of frostbite, both legs of
former Olympic hockey player Eric Lemarque. While snowboarding on
Feb. 6 Lemarque, 34, became stranded on an area of Mammoth
Mountain, Calif., covered by up to 15 feet of snow. He survived
for seven days by eating pine nuts and bark. Lemarque--who is
from Los Angeles but played for France in the 1994 Olympics
because his father is French--also used his MP3 player as a
reflective signaling device. After being rescued by a helicopter,
he said, "It is a sight that I'll never forget. I just looked up,
and I felt like Willem Dafoe in Platoon. It warmed me to know
that I was going to be all right." Doctors performed the
procedure last week and said he will be fitted for prosthetics
within eight weeks. Lemarque vows he will snowboard next season.