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Playing time at premium

SAUL LOEB/Arizona Daily Wildcat
Center Isaiah Fox puts up a shot against Cal earlier this year. Fox's floor time has decreased with the impressive play of fellow sophomore Channing Frye.
By Brian Penso
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Thursday February 20, 2003

Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) stopped by UA yesterday afternoon to spend 45 minutes with Arizona head basketball coach Lute Olson.

"He is a big basketball fan," Olson said. "He must stay up late in D.C. to watch the games."

McCain will also be in Tempe for the weekend matchup against Olson's squad and Arizona State.

"He is going to be at Saturday's game," Olson said. "I think that he is going to be pretty neutral this weekend. It was just good to see him."

At the beginning of the season, Olson attempted to use a 10-man rotation, but as the season has progressed, Olson has had to limit minutes to sophomores Isaiah Fox and Dennis Latimore.

With Walton still working his way back from his ankle problems, Olson has used him at both the small and power forward positions, which has cut into Latimore and Fox's minutes.

Also, the continual emergence of freshman Andre Iguodala has given Olson the confidence of moving Walton to the power forward position with Iguodala at the small.

"There are only so many minutes in a game," Olson said. "It is not that Isaiah is playing bad, but you can't manufacture more minutes. Channing (Frye) has also been playing well, and we feel that we really need him on the court."

Freshman Hassan Adams started his UA career with a bang when Walton and Salim Stoudamire were out of lineup due to injury.

Adams was thrown into the lineup and offensively he became an instant scorer for the Wildcats.

When Walton and Stoudamire returned, Adams' minutes were cut and he began to struggle, and hit the infamous freshman wall.

"It is hard to be a freshmen on this team," Walton said. "It is hard to expect anything because you don't know how many minutes or shots you are going to get. Hassan is an amazing athlete, and I think he is going to be great for us down the stretch."

Adams' minutes have also been cut due to the defensive play of fellow freshmen Chris Rodgers and Iguodala.

"Andre is vital for us on the defensive end," Olson said. "Chris is also a very good defender. I think that Hassan has seen them play defense and get more minutes. When you have two players that are even offensively, the better defender is going to see more minutes."

Yesterday, the Nebraska Legislature took the first step in passing a bill to pay collegiate football players.

"I don't think there are many, if any, college presidents who believe it's the right thing to do to pay their students to play sports," NCAA spokesman Wally Renfro said. "If you tried to do this, I think you would take first-rate college programs and turn them into third-rate professional programs."

Olson disagreed with Renfro and said athletes deserved to be paid, but he also stated it is a great idea that is not a feasible option in collegiate sports.

"We all think that they should be paid, but it will never happen," Olson said. "If you pay 85 football players, then you have to also pay that amount of women. What do you think other sports would do if just certain athletes were paid? I think this whole bill is just a political move to get attention."

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