June 15, 1989 |
Some familiar names might be moving today, when the National Basketball Assn. holds its expansion draft to stock new franchises in Minneapolis and Orlando, Fla. The list of players made available to the Minnesota Timberwolves and the Orlando Magic has supposedly been kept secret. But several names have surfaced, including that of James Edwards, who played a key role in the Detroit Pistons' championship victory Tuesday night. Others believed to be available are veteran Reggie Theus of the Atlanta Hawks and Tim Perry, the Phoenix Suns' No. 1 draft pick last year.
October 23, 1988 |
Jeff Malone scored 10 points in the fourth quarter Saturday night, including a pair of free throws with one second left that clinched a 114-111 exhibition victory for the Washington Bullets over the Lakers. The Lakers had led by 8 points at the start of the final period and did not use any of their starters in the last 12 minutes. Washington, 3-2 in exhibition play, took its first lead of the game on a lay-up by John Williams with 4:05 remaining.
June 28, 1988 |
Danny Manning, who carried lightly regarded Kansas to the NCAA championship, was picked No. 1 in the National Basketball Assn. draft today by the woebegone Los Angeles Clippers. And the NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers, with the 25th and final pick of the first round, took another point guard, David Rivers of Notre Dame. Rivers averaged 22.0 points and 5.6 assists per game in his senior season and finished his career as Notre Dame's all-time leader in assists.
June 29, 2006 |
First-round draft picks for the Lakers (since 1980) and Clippers (since 1987): LAKERS * 2006: Jordan Farmar, UCLA * 2005: Andrew Bynum (no college) * 2004: Sasha Vujacic, Italy * 2003: Brian Cook, Illinois * 2002: Chris Jefferies, Fresno State * 2001: None * 2000: Mark Madsen, Stanford * 1999: Devean George, Augsburg, Minn.
August 10, 1988 |
No, Magic Johnson isn't going to Edmonton as part of the Gretzky deal. But the Forum's other tenants made a deal Tuesday, too. The Lakers have called a press conference for this morning to announce they have signed free agent Orlando Woolridge, a 6-foot 9-inch forward, to a contract for the 1988-89 season, according to a team source.
January 18, 1986 |
David Rivers was a freshman sensation last season when he came in from Jersey City, became the point guard for Notre Dame and put a little more zip in the Irish attack. This season, Pooh Richardson has come from Philadelphia and done the same thing for UCLA. No doubt there will be some comparisons when UCLA and Notre Dame play here this afternoon on national television. Alongside Rivers, the now-sophomore sensation who leads the Irish with 18.
February 8, 1986 |
Walt Hazzard can, when pressed, list the skills of his freshman point guard. But it's a long list, and then he has to spend another 10 minutes explaining the intangibles--the instinct, the court sense, the cocksure confidence, the natural leadership qualities. More often, the UCLA coach makes do with a simple statement of fact: "Pooh Richardson can play basketball. He can play the game."
January 24, 1987 |
UCLA will play Notre Dame in Pauley Pavilion at noon today, which means that both Digger Phelps and Walt Hazzard are just going to have to coach and stop saying nice things about one another's basketball teams, since nobody believes them anyway. Listen to Digger on the Bruins: "I think they'd be one of the teams who will sneak into the final eight," Phelps said. You mean the whole country? Precisely, said Digger.
August 13, 1988 |
A couple of reputations got scuffed up Friday. A few hours before the gala opening of the new state-of-the-art $52-million Charlotte Coliseum, the $3-million scoreboard with its eight video screens hurtled to the ground while being moved and was completely destroyed, ruining the basketball floor. Nobody was underneath the scoreboard, fortunately, and then, after emergency repairs to the court, the U.S.