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Doug Christie Likes Cleveland

By RD Heldenfels Published: July 11, 2006

Former NBA player Doug Christie says he would like to get back in the NBA -- and one of the places he likes is Cleveland.

Christie played with league runner-up Dallas last season  before an ankle problem led to his retirement. Before that he had been with the Knicks, Lakers and Kings among others.

But at a press conference today, Christie said he is back in playing shape and looking for a team. And the Cavaliers are ''one of the teams on our list,'' he told me after the press conference.

''I think they're an up and coming team,'' he said. ''They did a lot of good things in the playoffs.  ... There a lot of good components, and they've definitely got a good coach; I played against him in college.''

His wife Jackie also spoke well of Cleveland, which she considered ''real family-oriented.'' And a new TV show will make clear that Jackie is key to any decisions the Christies make.

In fact, she runs the family, according to clips from  *li Committed: The Christies, *lf a premiering in October on BET J. She doesn't even allow him to look at other women.

Some may consider the relationship odd. BET J (the reformatted and retitled BET Jazz channel) calls them ''a train wreck,'' and refers to the Christies as ''a hen-pecked husband who acts like his stage mother.''

Doug and Jackie have a different view (albeit one that allows Doug to admit he's a little bit afraid of Jackie.)

''What has American done to love?'' Doug said. ''Why is it odd for me to love my wife and to want to be with her?''

And even while the promotional material seems mocking, BET J executive vice president Paxton Baker said the show is ultimately ''a classic American love story'' because the Christies stay together. ''There is no tragedy in this marriage,'' he said.

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