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The gamesmanship of the 25 attorneys involved in the legal aftermath in the death ofHank Gathers switched into a higher gear Tuesday, when the sides named experts they willpay to testify on their behalf.
February 6, 2014 | Bill Dwyre
The school that gave us Hank Gathers and Bo Kimble has also given us Anthony Ireland. We just haven't noticed. For four years, Ireland has played on the same Gersten Pavilion basketball court at Loyola Marymount where Gathers and Kimble became a national force in Paul Westhead's shoot-without-conscience offense. On the night of March 4, 1990, Gathers collapsed and died of a heart condition on the court. In his honor, his friend, the right-handed Kimble, shot his first free throw of each ensuing game left-handed.
March 6, 1990 | United Press International
CBS said Monday it postponed a show in which a basketball star collapses during a game to spare the feelings of friends and family of Hank Gathers. "Malcolm Takes a Shot," in which Kareem Abdul-Jabbar makes a cameo appearance, was scheduled for showing today. In it Jon Clair plays Malcolm Jones, a high school athlete who is stricken with an epileptic seizure during the final seconds of a game.
January 31, 2010 | Bill Plaschke
Twenty years later, grown men still grab Bo Kimble's hand and cry. "They won't let go," he says. Twenty years later, Paul Westhead plays the videotape for his Oregon women's basketball team and they howl. "They can't believe what they are seeing," he says. "Sometimes I can't either." Twenty years later, the mother of the late Hank Gathers can finally smile. "My son's memory has become such a strength to so many people," Lucille Gathers Cheeseboro says.
March 14, 1990 | Associated Press
Results of the autopsy on Loyola Marymount basketball star Hank Gathers are expected to be announced Thursday if all toxicological and tissue tests have been completed and evaluated, Los Angeles County Coroner's office said today. "A lot of tests were ordered, and if they all come in and the doctors can look at them we should have a report to issue tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon," coroner's spokesman Bob Dambacher said.
March 12, 1989 | AL DROOZ, Times Staff Writer
To the surprise of no one, Hank Gathers was named most valuable player in the West Coast Athletic Conference to lead the 10-man team, which is otherwise dominated by regular-season champion St. Mary's. Also named were Dan Curry, Robert Haugen and Erick Newman of St. Mary's, Tom Lewis and Dexter Howard of Pepperdine, Jim McPhee and Doug Spradley of Gonzaga, Jens Gordon of Santa Clara and Mark McCathrion of San Francisco. St. Mary's Lynn Nance was named coach of the year.
March 7, 1990 | HOWARD ROSENBERG
You can say this about television coverage of Hank Gathers: For once, the hero was a good guy. First, backtrack. TV's drug has always been conflict. In sports, that means anything from someone throwing a tantrum to someone throwing a hockey stick. Sportscasters at once look askance at the aberrant conduct of some sports figures and exploit that behavior.
April 20, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
The family of Hank Gathers filed a $32.5-million lawsuit today against 14 defendants, including Loyola Marymount University and basketball coach Paul Westhead, accusing them of responsibility for the basketball star's March 4 death. Gathers, 23, was "sacrificed on the altar of (college) basketball," the suit said.
May 2, 1986 | RANDY HARVEY
Bo Kimble and Hank Gathers, USC freshmen whose basketball scholarships will not be renewed for the 1986-87 academic year, received releases to transfer Thursday from Athletic Director Mike McGee. McGee said he granted the releases after receiving requests to transfer to unspecified schools in a note Thursday morning from the players.
There's something wrong here. The day after the death of Hank Gathers comes up dazzling, bathing the Loyola Marymount campus in sunlight. It's as if they're going to take the annual picture for the cover of the brochure. Look again. The American flag is at half staff. On a doorway to Gersten Pavilion, someone has taped a note: "Hank, We (Love) U--LMU." A student wears a black armband with Hank Gathers' No. 44 on it.
November 10, 2006 | Diane Pucin, Times Staff Writer
It has been nearly two months since a fatal accident involving four UC Riverside basketball players and two of their friends, but the tragedy of that night is still raw. Which is one reason why Riverside Coach David Spencer won't be with his team tonight in Ames, Iowa. Last Friday, a little more than a month after he was inconsolable at an on-campus memorial service and exactly a week before his team's opener at Iowa State, Spencer announced he was taking a medical leave of absence.
December 25, 2004 | Bill Plaschke
He was new on the job, working after midnight, sweeping through the Gersten Pavilion dust. "Then I saw him," Shelton Lorick said. It was a shadowy figure in the upper deck. Lorick shouted for it to leave. It silently refused. Lorick, a longtime Marine, dropped his broom and jogged upstairs. When he arrived, the figure was gone. A couple of days later, again after midnight, Lorick had locked up the gym and was walking away. "Then I heard somebody bouncing a ball inside," he said.
Whenever I enter Gersten Pavilion, I look at that spot on the floor. Ten years ago today, Hank Gathers collapsed there, then died after he was carried from the court on a stretcher. No amount of time, it seems, will erase the memory of that horrible scene. An eerie silence engulfed the sold-out gymnasium. We all stood silent, afraid to voice our worst fears. Moments before collapsing, Gathers had sent the crowd into a frenzy with a two-handed dunk. We high-fived, whistled and screamed.
March 2, 2000 | LARRY STEWART
What: "SportsCenter Flashback: The Death of Hank Gathers" When: Saturday, 5 p.m., ESPN Classic It's admirable that the producers of this special interviewed so many people involved with the Hank Gathers story and his death 10 years ago Saturday. The problem is, the producers were overzealous, interviewing too many and then trying to cram so much into one hour. The result is a choppy documentary that at times loses its focus. There is too much reliance on interviews and too little on narration.
February 20, 2000 | CHRIS DUFRESNE
Ten years later, it was different at Gersten Pavilion. This time, Hank Gathers' No. 44 jersey moved. It elevated from the ground and kept rising, off the court to the rafters, hoisted to a permanent perch almost directly above the spot he collapsed on March 4, 1990. In an emotional tribute during halftime of Saturday night's game against Pepperdine, Loyola Marymount retired the uniform numbers of Gathers and sidekick Bo Kimble, No. 30, heroes of another generation in Lions' lore.
Doctors say the most significant impact of the sudden deaths of Loyola Marymount basketball star Hank Gathers and, later, Boston Celtic Reggie Lewis, was a heightened awareness of heart problems in athletes. Gathers and Lewis were both under medical care for heart abnormalities when they died, Gathers on March 4, 1990, and Lewis on July 27, 1993.
What impressed me most about Hank Gathers was his heart. That may seem strange, considering that it stopped functioning during Loyola Marymount's semifinal game Sunday in the West Coast Conference basketball tournament. Gathers, who turned 23 last month, was pronounced dead 1 hour and 41 minutes after collapsing on the court despite desperate attempts to revive him.
March 6, 1990 | LARRY STEWART
In dealing with a tragedy, television faces a difficult question: What needs to be shown, and what, in the interest of taste, should not be shown? Usually, graphic footage is not available, but Hank Gathers' collapse Sunday night happened right in front of television cameras. ESPN had the most complete footage, and the cable network showed all of it, including shots of the athlete convulsing on the floor.
March 4, 1999
The shock of it all brought home to everyone a heightened sense of the fragility of life itself. That anyone could die so unexpectedly was unsettling enough. But that it could happen to a highly conditioned athlete like Hank Gathers, on a basketball court, seemed to defy rationality. It happened nine years ago today, at Loyola Marymount University, in the first half of a game against Portland.
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