November 3, 1999 - by
Former Noles Shine On NBA’s Opening Night

Nov. 3, 1999

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Five former Florida State basketball players are
on NBA rosters as the league opened its 1999-2000 season last night. Three
of the five started and four had major impacts on their games.

Sam Cassell of the Milwaukee Bucks had the biggest night of the
Seminole alumni. Cassell led the Bucks to a 98-93 win over the Houston
Rockets with a 35-point, 11-assist effort. He started at point guard and
hit 15-of-20 from the field and also had four steals. The Baltimore native
is in his seventh season in the league.

In New York, former Florida State teammates Charlie Ward and Bob
Sura squared off as Ward’s Knicks hosted Sura’s Cleveland Cavaliers. Sura
got the best of the individual battle but Ward’s team won, 92-84.

Sura, from Wilkes-Barre, Penn., started at shooting guard and
scored 15 points, grabbed eight rebounds, handed out five assists and had
five steals. Ward started at point guard and played 31 minutes. The
Thomasville, Ga., native scored three points and had three assists. Both
players are in their sixth season in the NBA.

George McCloud of Denver helped the Nuggests down Phoenix, 109-102
in overtime. McCloud, from Daytona Beach, came off the bench to score 16
points and grab nine rebounds in 33 minutes. He hit a three-pointer with
less than a minute remaining in overtime to give the Nuggets the lead for
good. McCloud is in his 10th year in the league.

Randell Jackson is the fifth former FSU player in the NBA. He
played last season for the Washington Wizards but was cut earlier this
week. Jackson was picked up by the Dallas Mavericks and played one minute
in their 108-96 win over Golden State last night but did not score.

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