February 23, 2008 |
It's the outside paving the way for the inside. Or the inside game helping the outside shot. All chicken-and-egg analogies aside, Corey Maggette has been efficient in nearly all scoring aspects of late. Since missing four games with flu, Maggette has scored 20 or more points in seven of eight games, including topping 30 points three times. The points have come inside the lane, as usual, but also with a jump shot that has been on the mark.
November 9, 2003 |
The Denver Nuggets, who have gone eight consecutive seasons without reaching the playoffs, had hoped to make Corey Maggette a part of their rebuilding efforts. They strongly considered making a bid for the Clipper small forward last summer when Maggette was a restricted free agent. But General Manager Kiki Vandeweghe, believing the Clippers would match any deal Maggette signed, never made a formal offer, even though the two sides had discussed terms.
March 1, 2003 |
Eric Piatkowski, who on Wednesday became the eighth player in Clipper history to top 5,000 points, isn't happy about losing his starting spot at shooting guard to Corey Maggette. Asked if he was excited about the milestone, Piatkowski said, "No, not really." "I just want an opportunity to play on a consistent basis," he added. "I want to contribute. I want us to be playing decent basketball toward the end of the season.
January 27, 2007 |
Corey Maggette on Friday publicly thanked owner Donald T. Sterling for his support, saying Sterling's strong comments about wanting Maggette to remain with the team "meant a lot to me." "You usually don't hear stuff like that, so it's gratifying to have your owner say something like that about you," Maggette said. "There are definitely some positives you can take away from that."
November 6, 2006 |
Corey Maggette, the NBA's sixth man of the year? It could happen after Maggette on Sunday volunteered to come off the bench for the remainder of the season. The morning after his 23-point, 12-rebound performance in a victory over the Phoenix Suns, Maggette surprised Coach Mike Dunleavy in a private meeting during practice, saying he thought the move would be in the best interest of the team.
March 25, 2007 |
In the depths of Staples Center before Saturday's game against the Washington Wizards, Clippers guard Quinton Ross repeated a mantra. "Winning means playing the best defense and shutting the opponent down," he said over and over. It wasn't a motivational tactic -- the phrase was for a television ad -- but it was the mind-set of Ross and teammate Jason Hart for much of the Clippers' 111-105 win over the Wizards in front of an announced 18,331. The pair did what few can, containing Agent Zero, a.
March 17, 2001 |
An hour before the Clippers defeated Golden State on Friday night, a sweaty Corey Maggette sat on the team's bench and looked ahead. Maggette didn't want to talk about how he started the season on the bench, playing most of his minutes late in games. Nor did he want to think about January, when he didn't play well and spent five games on the injured list. For Maggette, he only wanted to deal with the present and the Clippers' future.
October 5, 2001 |
In the final analysis, making the Clippers' starting five means little to Corey Maggette. Opening the game isn't nearly as important to him as seeing action during the middle and, particularly, at the end. "It's cool if you start, but at the same time, I just want to play," he said. Maggette made the most of his time on the court last season, averaging 10 points and 4.2 rebounds in fewer than 20 minutes per game. Now he wants more.