October 28, 1997 |
Executive Vice President Jerry West talked to Eddie Jones on Friday and told his all-star shooting guard not to worry about the trade rumors that have been circulating, some ridiculous and some intriguing. The most significant one would send Jones, and another player for cap purposes, to the Sacramento Kings for disgruntled Mitch Richmond.
October 20, 1997 |
The disappointment from the end of last season has fueled the determination at the start of this one, so Eddie Jones talks of making the all-defensive team more as a fact than a desire. "I'm going to be there," the Laker guard said. "I'm going to make sure I'm there. I'm going to come in and work my butt off defensively and make it pay over to the games. "Once you make it, then people start looking at you to make it. This is definitely going to be my year to make it."
May 8, 1997 |
Byron Scott, a 14-year-veteran and non-factor in the Lakers' first five playoff games, studied the tapes of the Utah Jazz's defense and figured he might be fairly useful beginning with Game 2. And with starting shooting guard Eddie Jones stumbling to what would become a scoreless night Tuesday at the Delta Center, Scott stepped in and stepped up, making seven of his 11 shots, three of his five three-point attempts and scoring 24 points in 25 minutes.
April 28, 1997 |
Eddie Jones made every shot he took Sunday. That silenced everyone who wondered if everything was all right with him, and it had the Forum's fans chanting his name again, glad to see the old Eddie. "It seems like they were waiting for me to do something," Jones says. When you average 17.2 points during a season and suddenly can't crack double figures, it is natural that people want to know what's up.
April 24, 1997 |
The weigh-in has been canceled for fear of the result. "I'm scared to look," Eddie Jones said, smiling. Portland's Isaiah Rider is a difficult enough assignment for shooting guards who can match his bulk--Mitch Richmond, Clyde Drexler, Jim Jackson--but Jones gets him starting Friday night with a difference somewhere around 25 pounds, give or take a workout.
March 10, 1997 |
The career night for Eddie Jones came in what would have to do as a good night for the Lakers. They won. This being a time of struggles, so was the 115-105 victory over the New Jersey Nets on Sunday before 17,103 at the Forum. The Lakers avoided the first three-game home losing streak of the Del Harris era. The contribution from Jones was 34 points and 13 rebounds, both the best of a career nearly three years old.
March 5, 1997 |
Coach Del Harris made George McCloud the starting small forward Tuesday, a new lineup that could either stick for the next month until Robert Horry or Shaquille O'Neal return or become just a temporary thing. "I don't know," Harris said. "I may do anything. That's my style. I'm unpredictable." Not that any Laker needs to be reminded. Harris had planned to move Eddie Jones between shooting guard and small forward, depending on the matchups, after Horry suffered a sprained knee ligament.
February 10, 1997 |
Shaquille O'Neal will be re-evaluated today after spending the weekend in Los Angeles to receive treatment and rest his sprained knee ligament, an injury that not only kept him out of the All-Star game but cost him the chance to take part in festivities that saluted those named to the NBA's 50th anniversary team. The Lakers return to practice tonight, but don't play again until Wednesday at Minneapolis, so today may still be too early to determine his availability.
February 9, 1997 |
The white Mercedes-Benz rounded the corner in Beverly Hills, gently pulled into the alley and stopped at a curbside spot that had been saved, allowing Eddie Jones either the convenience of avoiding the crowded valet parking structure for the arrival or the opportunity for a quick getaway. His wiry 6-foot-6 frame emerged from the driver's side, his father, E.J. Thigpen, a man who would gladly trade metabolisms, from the passenger door.