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PURDUE’S ROBINSON WILL BE AT DRAFT AFTER ALL

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Glenn Robinson - expected to be the first pick in the NBA draft - won't spoil the show, after all.

Robinson's agent, Charles Tucker, said Monday that the former Purdue star won't boycott Wednesday's draft at the Hoosier Dome in Indianapolis."He will attend. Fans and the players deserve this," Tucker said. "We'll do it for the NBA, the fans and the players. But we still have concerns about many issues. We're not going to give up our rights."

Tucker told the Indianapolis Star in a story published Sunday that Robinson, expected to be selected first overall by the Milwaukee Bucks, was considering a boycott to protest the legality of the draft and a possible rookie salary cap.

"We're not trying to embarrass the league or make the ratings go down," Tucker said. "We know the draft is a showcase to promote the players and the league around the world. But we also want to be treated fairly. We didn't want players to parade around, put on caps and in the end, nobody go to the bank except the NBA."

Tucker has called the draft illegal because a six-year collective bargaining agreement between the players and the league expired Thursday. The NBA has filed a lawsuit to extend the previous agreement until a new one can be reached, but Tucker said rookies were not covered by the old deal.

With NBA salaries shooting ever higher, Robinson is expected to command a contract worth $80 million or more. But Tucker said he feared a rookie salary cap would be implemented, drastically affecting his client's leverage.

"There are a lot of issues we are concerned with, but the Players Association, the NBA and the courts will make those decisions," Tucker said Monday from his office in Lansing, Mich. "Glenn will be at the draft and he wants to put on a Milwaukee Bucks cap."

"That's what I expected all the time," Milwaukee coach and general manager Mike Dunleavy said. "From talking with them, they had always indicated to me that they were going to the draft."

The Bucks said the issues Tucker raised would have to be settled through collective bargaining between the NBA and the Players Association and that a boycott would not have affected the team's selection anyhow.

"Whether players show up or don't show up, the only thing that would change our mind is if there wasn't a draft, and I don't think you'll see this league go on without a draft," Dunleavy said.

Tucker said the idea of a protest was scuttled after he spoke with Robinson, the NBA, Dunleavy and Charles Grantham, the Players Association's executive director, who favors abolishing the draft.

"I wanted the players to be aware of these matters, I wanted to let the NBA know there was these concerns," Tucker said. "We need to draw some attention to it."