February 6, 2009 |
From the ashes of embarrassment, there arose the scowling face of rage. From the depths of humiliation, there sounded the thick beat of a heart. Eight months later, the Lakers finally punched back. "Sometimes you've just got to make a stand," said Lamar Odom, his expression still tight an hour after this brawl. "Tonight, we made a stand." They stood with elbows crashing and shoulders plowing. They stood amid cascading boos and chanted jeers.
April 26, 1991 |
It is a beautiful day in the nation's capital, but Arnold Jacob Auerbach can't smell the cherry blossoms because he is wreathed in cigar smoke. He is sitting in a black Saab convertible at the curb outside his 18th Street office. Just sitting there, sweating the clock. At precisely 9:30, when parking there becomes legal, Auerbach eases out of his car and shuffles to the parking meter. He slides in eight quarters. "You gotta watch it," he says.
November 4, 1992 |
A sight in the Detroit Pistons' locker room in the spring of 1991 comes to mind as the Chicago Bulls begin their quest this week to become the NBA's first team to win three consecutive championships since the Boston Celtics in 1966: Isiah Thomas is at his corner cubicle, talking in tones of a relieved man after being eliminated in the playoffs. He seems almost glad to be free of the pressure of going after a third consecutive title.
June 9, 2010 |
Reporting from Boston -- Twelve hours had passed since Derek Fisher reinvigorated a franchise with nine minutes he'll remember forever, but the Lakers were back at work Wednesday, treading somewhere between cautious and confident, knowing the Boston Celtics weren't done yet but definitely feeling the sting of a defense that continued to govern the NBA Finals. The Lakers met for a brief practice on what happened to be the 25th anniversary of their first championship victory over the Celtics, a time that will eternally live in the eyes of the organization.
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February 12, 2010 |
Fred Schaus, who helped usher in pro basketball to Los Angeles as head coach of the Lakers for their first seven seasons here and was Jerry West's mentor, died Wednesday in West Virginia. He was 84. Schaus was living in a nursing home and the cause of his death was not released. Schaus was born in 1925 in Newark, Ohio, but became a basketball star at West Virginia University. The 6-foot-5 forward turned pro in 1949 and played five seasons for the Fort Wayne Pistons and the New York Knicks.
April 12, 2012 |
In one corner sat Magic Johnson. He talked. He laughed. He smiled. In another corner sat Larry Bird. He spoke only when prompted. He sounded stoic. He usually looked serious. Yes, the former Lakers and Celtics stars, and rivals, showcased once again how different their personalities are when they appeared Wednesday night on "Late Show with David Letterman" to promote "Magic/Bird," a Broadway show that debuted at Longacre Theatre in New York. Even if their personalities remain different, though, their mind-sets remain the same.
April 21, 2012 |
She has become every bit as much a fixture in the playoffs as Kobe Bryant, Marv Albert's signature "Yesss!" call and a first-round flameout by the Portland Trail Blazers. So what if she wears perfume and at times fixes her hair in a ponytail. Violet Palmer has made it in a man's game, and she's not going anywhere. The NBA's only female referee has worked the playoffs six years running, and though the league will not publicly divulge its assignments for the first-round series that start Saturday, there's no reason to think Palmer won't be blowing her whistle into next month.