April 14, 1999 |
Coach Kurt Rambis, hoping to make sure 37-year-old Derek Harper doesn't burn out before the playoffs, is planning to sharply reduce Harper's workload in the near future. Harper had started 29 of the Lakers' previous 30 games and was averaging 26.5 minutes, but on Tuesday was replaced in the starting lineup by Derek Fisher, who started the first nine games of the season. Fisher played 23 minutes, rookie Tyronn Lue played 21, and Harper only 11.
April 10, 1999 |
In the continuing saga of Dennis Rodman, the question now is what happens today. Before his refusal to report into the game in the fourth quarter Friday night, it had been almost two full weeks since Rodman had disappeared or refused to enter a game or as much as showed up late for a practice. Which was definitely a Laker record for time lapsed between Rodman chaos. "He's made an effort to be on time for everything," Coach Kurt Rambis said before the game.
March 12, 1999 |
Derek Harper, who quickly became one of Eddie Jones' best friends on the team this season, said he spoke with the former Laker guard Wednesday night and that Jones had come to terms with his trade to the Charlotte Hornets. "Eddie is cool--he doesn't have a choice, man," Harper said Thursday. "Eddie has to make the best situation for himself. And Eddie's going to be fine. He'll land on his feet. Eddie is a quality guy. "I don't know if everybody's thinking, should he be upset?
February 22, 1999 |
Derek Harper accepted his new role as the Laker starting point guard with barely a shrug, saying that he cares more about how former starter Derek Fisher handles it than anything else. "Derek's a young player, and I think with young players sometimes, they do try a little bit too hard," said the 37-year-old Harper, who spent the first nine games as a heavily-used backup before getting the start Sunday against Seattle. "But Fish is going to be fine. He's a solid guy, No.
February 9, 1999 |
Coach Del Harris said his inclination is to stay with 16-year veteran Derek Harper in the late going of tight games, despite the frustrations of second-year starter Derek Fisher. "Harp has been playing well and of course Harp is a 16-year veteran and if you're not going to take advantage at the end of the game, I don't know when you do that," Harris said Monday.
February 7, 1999 |
The Lakers were back on the practice floor Saturday morning, and no loafing was involved. The compressed schedule--and 16-year veteran Derek Harper--allowed them almost no time to over-celebrate Friday's victory over Houston. "It's back to business," guard Eddie Jones said. "Derek Harper said last night after the game, he was like, 'All right, you guys, we won this game. It's over with. The horn sounded. And it's time to get ready for Utah.' He said it the best way possible."