March 15, 2006 |
Laker guard Aaron McKie was back on the active list Tuesday, ending a 50-game inactive exile by suiting up for the first time since Dec. 1. The torn quadriceps tendon now fully healed in his left leg, McKie must show if he can contribute anything this season. His return was almost mandatory. Had he not suited up, the Lakers would have had only 11 players against Sacramento.
March 2, 2006 |
Call it the Aaron McKie effect. Through no real fault of his own, other than a severely strained quadriceps tendon, the 12th-year guard has missed 44 games and set off a chain reaction in his one season with the Lakers. His absence since the first week of December has meant more minutes for Kobe Bryant, a weaker exterior defense and a less experienced backcourt, particularly in late-game situations.
November 12, 2005 |
Aaron McKie, a forgotten man in the Laker rotation, was remembered warmly Friday by Philadelphia fans and, surprisingly, Philadelphia's oft-critical media, but he didn't get much attention from the Lakers, as has been the case. A respected role player in his eight seasons with the 76ers, McKie returned to a standing ovation at Wachovia Center, an hour after dissecting what has happened in his quiet first season with the Lakers.
August 27, 2005 |
A seemingly clear path to significant playing time might have been enough for veteran swingman Aaron McKie, but the Lakers offered much more. The challenge of trying to help restore the franchise's luster, the chance to work under Coach Phil Jackson and the opportunity to operate in Jackson's big-guard oriented triangle offense sealed the deal for the former free agent, whom the Lakers introduced Friday at their El Segundo offices.
August 22, 2005 |
Ending their search for a point guard, or at least a Phil Jackson-type point guard, the Lakers have agreed to terms with another candidate no one could have predicted, Aaron McKie. "We've come to an agreement," said McKie's agent, Leon Rose, from his home in Pennsauken, N.J., on Sunday. "Everything will get done over the course of the next few days. "The Lakers approached him with a nice offer.
August 18, 2005 |
After taking a week to study their options, the Lakers on Wednesday opened negotiations to bring in a new starting point guard -- not with Derek Anderson, but with Aaron McKie. Until General Manager Mitch Kupchak contacted McKie's agent, Leon Rose, the Lakers had been focused on Anderson. The switch is thought to have been prompted by Coach Phil Jackson, who decided he preferred the 6-foot-5, 210-pound McKie, who is bigger and more solid if not as talented as Anderson.