After choking Golden State Warriors coach P. J. Carlesimo during a practice in December 1997, All-Star guard Latrell Sprewell's contract was terminated for conduct detrimental to the team. Though Sprewell matured (and lit up the court with the New York Knicks), the incident continued to dog him. "I'm always going to have to deal with questions about P.J. Carlesimo, regardless of how long I play," Spreewell remarked. "I hear it everywhere I play... You know, people scream out, 'Hey, Spree! Don't choke!' -- real original stuff. I've heard that one 50,000 times."