April 27, 2011 |
The Lakers will not offer new contracts to about 20 key employees on their player-personnel side, planning to go into the looming NBA lockout with skeleton crews in several branches of the franchise. On Monday, both members of their video department were told they would not receive contracts after this season. Last weekend, four of five members on the training staff were told the same thing. Most, if not all, of the Lakers' scouting staff (about six employees) will not be retained after their contracts expire.
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.