Not So Spre and Easy

Sprewell Battles His Rep As He Battles Opponents

Backup point guard Rick Brunson, who has grown close to Sprewell over the last couple of months, said he relies on Sprewell to pick him up when feeling low. "He's very emotional, very intense," the soft-spoken Brunson said of Sprewell. "Through ups and downs he's always the same person."

So Sprewell is actually more giving than the selfishness rap he's stuck with suggests. True, Sprewell is undeniably at his best when he's running the court like the Lone Ranger. But while his freewheeling style may ruffle a few Eastern Conference feathers, Sprewell has demonstrated his ability to contribute in other ways, while adding an offense threat that the Knicks sorely need.

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