May 21, 2010 |
It's not as though the Lakers' assistant coaches have a portal, accessible only through a cubbyhole in El Segundo, winding into the mind of head Coach Phil Jackson. It only seems that way sometimes. That's perfectly natural when a coaching staff has been together, for the most part, through two franchises (Chicago and Los Angeles), power struggles, championship runs and an earthquake or two. Lakers assistant Frank Hamblen laughed a bit when he was asked whether he often knew what Jackson was going to say before he said it. "We've been together quite a long time," he said.
February 15, 2008 |
Peja Stojakovic, who won the event in 2002 and 2003, is the 2-1 favorite for the three-point shootout Saturday night in New Orleans. The annual event is part of the NBA's All-Star weekend.
February 18, 2007 |
Kobe Bryant is among the NBA's superstar pitchmen, but it seems Dwyane Wade has moved to the front of the line. The Miami Heat's fourth-year guard has been busy off the court during the All-Star festivities here, fulfilling his duties of being the face of many corporations, including Converse, T-Mobile and Lincoln. Wade and his corporate partners hosted parties with product tie-ins, and his likeness could be seen on billboards and a giant banner hanging on the side of a hotel.
December 14, 1996 |
Kenny Thomas started Friday night with Carl Law's elbow in his mouth. Thomas finished it on the way to a dentist for a root canal. In between, Thomas scored 13 points and had five blocks for No. 15 New Mexico in an 84-82 overtime victory over New Mexico State in Albuquerque. Gibson, who gave the Lobos the lead with a basket early in the extra period, and reserve guard Royce Olney each scored 17 points for New Mexico (8-1) and all 14 of the Lobos' points in overtime.
March 14, 1990 |
The last time the Chicago Bulls were in New York, they felt they were robbed in front of a sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden. On Jan. 15, the Bulls and Knicks were tied, 106-106, seemingly headed for overtime when the Knicks called timeout with 0.1 seconds left. Trent Tucker grabbed an inbounds pass, turned and made a 26-footer. The Bulls protested that it was impossible to get off a shot in that time. The NBA tended to agree, but let stand the Knicks' 109-106 victory.
March 15, 1986 |
Larry Bird scored 10 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter Friday night at Atlanta as the Boston Celtics came from behind for a 121-114 victory that ended the Hawks' seven-game winning streak. Bird, with considerable help off the bench from Bill Walton, had to offset a 42-point performance by Dominique Wilkins. Ever since the days of Bill Russell, the Celtics have made it a point to teach a few lessons to up-and-coming teams.
March 26, 1986 |
Reggie Theus scored 18 points and handed out 17 assists at Sacramento as the Kings defeated the Portland Trail Blazers, 116-99, for their 11th consecutive Tuesday night home-court victory. Theus' assists were the most in a single game for the Kings in their past 13 NBA seasons. Terry Tyler and Larry Drew also had 18 points each. Drew scored nine consecutive points in a 90-second stretch ending with 5:55 to go in the second quarter as the Kings built a 41-30 lead. Portland shot only 32.
July 19, 2006 |
Brian Cook became the second Laker to undergo surgery in recent days after an urgent procedure Monday night to repair an open dislocation of a joint in his right thumb. Cook was involved in a freak accident Monday while playing a pickup game at the Sports Club LA in West Los Angeles. The thumb on his right hand -- his shooting hand -- was torn open after he hit the backboard while blocking a shot. "I blocked the shot and the ball went out to half court," Cook said Tuesday.
December 10, 1992 |
The Philadelphia 76ers' media guide and statistical yearbook is also a source of information for trivia buffs. A sampling: --NBA players' records in overtime jump balls in 1991-1992, led by Larry Nance at 5-0. --Players who had shots blocked last season. Kendall Gill led the list with 123. --Players with the most games without a technical foul in their NBA careers, led by Craig Hodges with 695 games. Trivia time: Who holds the Raider record for most receptions?
November 29, 2005 |
As the Laker season begins to take shape, amassing more losses than victories through 12 games, it appears Lamar Odom is a ways from becoming Scottie Pippen. Odom wasn't a factor in Sunday's overtime loss to New Jersey, making one of 11 shots in 46 minutes and ceasing to assert himself after a non-call in the first minute, issues brought up again after Monday's practice.