April 22, 2006 |
The problem with not making a playoff appearance since the year Biggie Smalls got shot is you can't develop rivalries. When you see the same team repeatedly with the season on the line, the animosity ramps up. That's what leads to Shaquille O'Neal calling the Sacramento Kings the "Queens," or Tim Hardaway describing his feelings for the New York Knicks: "I hate them with all the hate you can hate with." Mmmmmm-mmm, that's some good hatin'.
January 5, 2003 |
At 5 feet 5, Earl Boykins doesn't have a lot of weight to throw around. Yet that's exactly what he did shortly after the Golden State Warriors signed him. In one of his first practices, Boykins stood in front of his new teammates and lectured them on the importance of desire and tenacity. After all, Boykins has shown an excess of both while scratching out an NBA career as the shortest player in the game. "He just stepped up and let us have it," Warrior guard Gilbert Arenas said.
March 5, 1998 |
Earl Boykins had 29 points and seven assists and didn't have a turnover in 40 minutes as Eastern Michigan defeated Miami of Ohio, 92-77, at Toledo, Ohio on Wednesday night to win the Mid-American Conference championship and gain a berth in the NCAA tournament. The 5-foot-5 guard set a three-game tournament scoring record with 89 points, breaking the mark of 86 set by Miami's Ron Harper in 1985.
February 5, 2004 |
Chicago Bull Coach Scott Skiles was fined $7,500 by the NBA for calling referee Jess Kersey "a big baby." Skiles criticized Kersey after the Bulls' loss to the Seattle SuperSonics on Monday night. * Laker guard Gary Payton will take part in the 989 Sports Skills Challenge on All-Star Saturday Night Feb. 14. Joining him will be Denver's Earl Boykins, New Orleans' Baron Davis and New York's Stephon Marbury.
November 5, 2004 |
Shaquille O'Neal made sure the arena was filled. Dwyane Wade took care of sending the record crowd home happy. Wade scored 28 points and O'Neal added 17 points and nine rebounds in his home debut for his new team as Miami beat the Cleveland Cavaliers, 92-86, Thursday night in front of 20,235, the biggest home crowd in Heat history. "I knew what I was doing when I got traded," said O'Neal, sent to Miami by the Lakers over the summer. "I'm a student of the game.
December 13, 2006 |
Matt Barnes set career highs with 32 points and 11 rebounds, making six of the Golden State Warriors' 15 three-point baskets in a 126-113 victory over the Sacramento Kings at Oakland. Andris Biedrins had 20 points and 14 rebounds for the Warriors, who shot 53%. Kevin Martin scored 32 points for Sacramento, which lost its fourth straight on the road.
June 12, 2013 |
He's an interesting guy, this coach. Resembles actor Richard Gere. Is said to be the very best in his field. Won NBA championships. Dated Jeanie Buss. Meet Chip Engelland, San Antonio Spurs assistant. The shooting specialist credited with sharpening the strokes of Grant Hill, Tony Parker and, most recently, Kawhi Leonard. Engelland, 52, was a UCLA ball boy in the days of John Wooden and led the City Section in scoring as a senior at Palisades High in 1979. Basketball fans around the Westside mention his name in the same breath as former NBA sharpshooters Kiki Vandeweghe and Steve Kerr.
December 10, 2000 |
A Conversation With Height-Challenged Clippers Guard Earl Boykins Earl Boykins, a 5-foot, 6-inch veteran of the Cleveland Cavaliers and New Jersey Nets, now plays for the L.A. Clippers. We wanted to find out how a 24-year-old guy built so close to the ground survives among the giant redwoods of the NBA. Q: Does size matter? A: No. It's about ability and heart. Q: How do you defend against the bigger guards like Kobe Bryant of the Lakers? A: I use my speed to try and disrupt them. Anticipating.
November 12, 2004 |
Instead of seriously trying to acquire Shaquille O'Neal over the summer, the Dallas Mavericks decided to build around Dirk Nowitzki. The logic couldn't be faulted Thursday night. Nowitzki had 41 points, two off his career high, to help Dallas beat Miami, 113-93, ending the Heat's unbeaten start and its franchise-record 14-game home win streak. O'Neal had 22 points, becoming the 20th player to surpass 22,000 points with 22,002 for his career.
January 24, 2003 |
Antawn Jamison had 29 points and 10 rebounds and the Golden State Warriors spoiled a special night for Jason Kidd, defeating the New Jersey Nets, 105-97, Thursday night at Oakland. The Warriors became the first team in nearly 30 years to defeat the previous season's NBA finalists on successive nights. They won on the road against the Lakers on Wednesday. Kidd, who had a season-high 41 points and seven assists, had his high school jersey in nearby Alameda retired after the game.