Originally created 03/16/04

NBA will speak to Mavs coach



OAKLAND, Calif. - The NBA will speak to Dallas coach Don Nelson, who made contact with Golden State guard Avery Johnson via e-mail and offered him a position on the Mavericks' coaching staff starting this postseason.

"We're going to speak to coach Nelson and tell him that those types of actions aren't appropriate," NBA spokesman Tim Frank told The Associated Press on Monday night. "I don't think the intent here was to cause a problem, but it's not allowed in our rules to have contact with players on other teams."

It was unclear whether Nelson would face disciplinary action by the league or only receive a warning.

BULLS: In Chicago, Chicago waived guard Rick Brunson on Monday and signed Jannero Pargo and Paul Shirley to 10-day contracts.

The 10-day contract is Shirley's second with the Bulls. The 6-foot-10 forward is averaging 1.5 points and 1.5 rebounds in four appearances with Chicago.

Pargo, a guard, spent time with the Los Angeles Lakers and Toronto Raptors this season, averaging 1.8 points and 1.3 assists in 18 games. He averaged 2.5 points in 34 games with the Lakers last year. Brunson played 37 games after the Bulls acquired him from Toronto on Dec. 16 for Roger Mason Jr.