April 25, 2012 |
Ken Hitchcock, a man born to coach, was on the phone the other day from St. Louis talking about those same qualities in a certain Canadian countryman. That would be Kings Coach Darryl Sutter. "We both went through a little bit of a downturn," said Hitchcock, the coach of the Blues. "I'm happy for him. I know what he's doing is what he wants to do. I know in his heart he's a coach and he loves coaching. I think he's at his happiest when he's barking and cajoling. " Hitchcock could have been easily talking about himself.
December 20, 2009
Tim Duncan dunked over Roy Hibbert with 4.6 seconds left to give San Antonio Spurs Coach Gregg Popovich his 700th win, a thrilling 100-99 victory over the Indiana Pacers on Saturday night. Hibbert blocked Duncan's first attempt with time winding down before the Spurs forward grabbed the ball back and went over Hibbert for the winning score, the last of his 19 points. T.J. Ford missed a fadeaway jumper as time expired for the Pacers, who blew a 13-point lead going into the fourth quarter.
August 17, 1996
I was concerned that Bill Fitch would overtax his post-bypass health when I read that "he has remained abreast of team affairs" [Aug. 13]. But then I remembered that he coaches the Clippers, a team so good that it has avoided the stress associated with attracting free agents, building new arenas or even signing its own free agents. So there is nothing to worry about. Get well, Bill. RICHARD RAFFALOW Van Nuys
April 28, 1987
Tom Webster resigned as coach of the New York Rangers Monday because of medical problems that limited him to 16 games behind the bench this season, the team said. Webster, plagued by an inner ear disorder since December, notified Ranger General Manager Phil Esposito and Madison Square Garden Corp. President Richard Evans of his decision last week.
August 4, 2009 |
As a coach, Mike Dodd is expected to have answers. He is supposed to impart wisdom and guidance. But Dodd, one of beach volleyball's all-time greatest players and now mentor to two of the sport's most successful duos, could do little more than throw his hands in the air last February when told the shattering news that his former on-court partner Mike Whitmarsh had committed suicide.
December 1, 2009 |
Bobby Bowden said Monday evening at his home that he has not made a decision about his coaching future at Florida State and plans to meet with university officials again today. Bowden told the Associated Press that he is still sifting through "options presented to him." Bowden met with Florida State President T.K. Wetherell and Athletic Director Randy Spetman for an hour Monday morning. The Tallahassee Democrat and ESPN.com are reporting Bowden is expected to announce his retirement.
April 9, 1988
The bottom line on Hazzard's regime is that he couldn't recruit well enough to make up for his lack of coaching experience. Because of his talents as a player, his decade-long pro career, his coaching start came late and in the bushes. Had he been lucky enough to land a J.R. Reid, Scott or Brian Williams, LeRon Ellis, or any combination of legitimate high school talents in addition to Gerald Madkins and Trevor Wilson, he may well have "survived this gig." As for Hazzard's glowering, brooding demeanor, his weakness for the fortress mentality, which some boy scouts in the Westwood hierarchy are apparently offended by, this style never caused John Thompson or any number of other coaches any major problems because they were able to recruit consistently well and win impressively.
March 5, 1988
What is the WCAC and why does it have the best college basketball teams in L.A.? In the backyard of Westwood, Pepperdine has been to the NCAA tournament four of the last six years, and this year, Loyola Marymount cracks the top 20 in the rankings. Perhaps the answer lies in the unheralded magnificence of coaches Jim Harrick (whose Waves have won 65% of their games under him over 9 years) and Loyola's Paul Westhead (who coached the Lakers to an NBA championship). Hazzard and Raveling?
May 24, 1987
Don Nelson, after months of feuding with owner Herb Kohl, says he will soon resign as coach of the Milwaukee Bucks. "It's clear to me that I won't be back with Milwaukee," Nelson told the Milwaukee Journal. "I don't know where I'm going to end up." Nelson told WTBS-TV that he has received an offer from Jim Fitzgerald, owner of the Golden State Warriors, to become the team's general manager next season. Fitzgerald, a close friend of Nelson, owned the Bucks until Kohl purchased them in 1985.