Originally created 01/30/98

Sprewell takes stand in Day 3



PORTAND, Ore. -- Latrell Sprewell took the witness stand for more than six hours Thursday to try to persuade an arbitrator to lessen the punishment he received for choking and threatening to kill his coach, P.J. Carlesimo.

Carlesimo wasn't there to hear Sprewell's side of the story. After listening to three of his Golden State players and two of his assistant coaches testify in an 11 1/2 -hour session Wednesday, Carlesimo flew out of Portland Wednesday night.

Carlesimo was with the Warriors for Thursday night's game in Seattle. The NBA has added a third day to the concluding session of the hearing in New York to allow Carlesimo to testify next Thursday.

With his agent, Arn Tellem, in attendance, Sprewell testified from 9 a.m. PST until the hearing broke for lunch at 12:30 p.m. After the break, team physician Dr. Robert Albo was on the stand for about an hour. Sprewell returned to the stand at 2:30 p.m. and wrapped up his testimony at 5:15 p.m., the NBA said

Sprewell's testimony, like that of the others before him, was kept secret under a gag order sought by the NBA and issued by arbitrator John Feerick, dean of the Fordham Law School.