February 4, 1990 |
Karl Malone, the Mr. Universe forward of the NBA, feels slighted that the fans did not elect him a starter for Feb. 11's All-Star Game. He has a legitimate beef. Prime rib at that. After all, the Utah Jazz power forward ranks among the league's top five in scoring, rebounding and shooting percentage. In other words, they shouldn't call him "The Mailman," they should call him "The Postmaster General." But the truth is, A. C. Green of the Los Angeles Lakers is the one who should be upset.
January 26, 1990 |
Always the overachiever, Laker forward A.C. Green beat out Utah Jazz forward Karl Malone in fan balloting Thursday to join teammate James Worthy as the starting forwards for the Western Conference team in next month's NBA All-Star game. Malone, most valuable player of last year's All-Star game and an All-NBA selection last season, was so upset by the perceived slight that he told NBA officials he will boycott the game. Coaches from each conference will select reserves on Jan.
November 18, 1989 |
Put the ball in Magic Johnson's hands and any number of things can happen, most of them good. Let him roam free against those running Denver Nuggets, and he is likely to give a virtuoso performance such as Friday night's masterpiece. All Johnson did was set a regular-season club record with 24 assists, score 24 points and lead the Lakers to an exhaustive but easy 119-105 victory before 17,505 at the Forum.
October 7, 1989 |
The bags under Jerry West's eyes were more pronounced than usual Friday morning, the result of a late-night negotiating session during which the Laker general manager tried one last time before the start of training camp to acquire the power forward he wants. Although West would not identify the player or team involved in the talks on the eve of the club's first practice, Rick Mahorn of the Minnesota Timberwolves has long been the object of West's attention.
October 6, 1989 |
Pat Riley's mind is always working, even when the rest of him is taking time off. The goal-oriented Laker coach spent much of last summer thinking of a productive way to turn the loss of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar into a gain for his team. What Riley finally settled on going into training camp, which opens today at the University pf Hawaii, is a form of a challenge to his players: Unlike other championship-caliber teams, can the Lakers continue to excel after their dominant center retires?
October 5, 1989 |
Free-agent forward A.C. Green is expected to show up by Friday, when the Lakers open training camp in preparation for the National Basketball Assn. season. Marc Fleisher, Green's agent, said Wednesday that contract agreement is so close that Green is expected to fly to Hawaii perhaps in time for a team meeting tonight. Green is bringing a copy of the contract with him, Laker General Manager Jerry West said.
September 30, 1989 |
Free-agent forward David Greenwood, who played at UCLA in the 1970s and most recently was not re-signed by the Denver Nuggets, passed a physical examination commissioned by the Lakers Friday and may sign with the club before training camp opens next week in Honolulu. Jerry West, the Lakers' general manager, confirmed that Greenwood, 32, passed the physical, but the team still is considering other options in its search to fill retired Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's roster spot.
March 8, 1989 |
Please, do not call A.C. Green an enforcer. That label offends his sensibilities and might prompt the Lakers' power forward to retaliate. Beware, he might even say a prayer that you will choose your words more wisely next time. Green is one of the most docile and devoutly religious players around, but at the same time, he is also one of the most ferocious rebounders and physically imposing big men battling under the basket. Tuesday night, the Atlanta Hawks witnessed A.C.
February 21, 1989 |
A lot of athletes, when they quit playing, would like to go into politics, would like to hang "Gov.," or "Sen.," or "Rt. Hon." in front of their names. The Lakers' A.C. Green would like to hang a "Rev." in front of his name. The Administration he'd like to be in is God's. Lots of players hanker to open their own bar. A.C. would like to open his own church. A.C. doesn't need pep talks in the locker room. He gets them out of a book.
June 13, 1988 |
Coach Pat Riley of the Lakers was the first to congratulate A.C. Green after the power forward had the best playoff game of his three-year pro basketball career. "Keep shooting the jump shot, A.C.," Riley told Green, who had just finished a TV interview outside the Laker locker room. "Shoot the jump shot." Green, who had been reluctant to shoot during the National Basketball Assn. playoffs, had taken Riley's advice Sunday afternoon against the Detroit Pistons.