Peep Show

Updated: January 28, 2004, 10:02 AM ET
By Chad Ford | NBA Insider
Shandon Anderson
New York Knicks: Trouble in paradise? Isiah Thomas and Knicks fans may be happy with new head coach Lenny Wilkens, but Shandon Anderson isn't. "I'm just in awe right now because I don't understand why I'm not playing," Anderson told the New York Times. There's talk that Anderson is on the trading block. He's fine with that. "I don't think they are going to let me sit on the bench making the money I make, just trying to be peaceful," Anderson said. "I just want to play, just let me know something. I don't want to be the 12th man on the team. If that's the case, you know, just, make it happen, don't let me sit and not knowing what's going to happen the next day."

Indiana Pacers: Can Jonathan Bender play through the pain. He lasted just three games coming off the injured list after offseason knee surgery. "I've never had pain in my knee before," he told the Indianapolis Star. "It's new for me. Real new. I need to get it strong enough that I won't have setbacks. Right now I'm going to have setbacks. I have to get it stronger and get the confidence to go out there and give it 100 percent." Teammate Reggie Miller believes that Bender needs to toughen up. "His mind-set is he wants to be 100 percent healthy," Miller said. "But the NBA is a very unhealthy game. You're always going to have bumps and bruises. There's going to be times when he has to play through it."

Glenn Robinson
Philadelphia 76ers: Glenn Robinson is seething after seeing just four minutes in the second half of Tuesday's loss to the Nets. "I feel like I'm in the doghouse, and I'm not playing that way," Robinson told the Philly Daily News. "I know I'm not playing that way. It's not just tonight; it's been several games. Go back and look at the games. Give me a chance. It's 82 games [over the course of the season]. I don't expect to be shooting 12-for-16 every night, but dang, give me a better chance than what I'm getting, especially when I'm playing well." Robinson is just the latest Sixer to criticize Randy Ayer's coaching style. "Sit me down and show me the rotation, but don't put me back in the game so I can get it corrected. I can't play like that. I don't feel that's a reason to come out of the game and stay out of the game. If you're going to take me out, just take me out of the game. Don't take me out and show me what I did wrong and then still punish me. Put me back in the game."

Chad Ford

ESPN Senior Writer