Mateen Cleaves is in court, holding court, leaning back from the defense table during a brief recess here Wednesday morning, chatting with assorted family and friends seated behind him. The topics are as varied as they are casual, typical guy talk, from the current plight of Michigan State football, to what he taught some kids at a recent youth basketball clinic, to whether Alabama's football team is so good it could beat the Cleveland Browns. At 39 his head is clean shaven, which helps disguise any sign of age, the inevitable flecks of gray that would hint that he's far removed from those big-smiling days when he led Michigan State to a national championship and became a first-round NBA draft pick.