January 11, 2001 |
Being the son of a former Harlem Globetrotter was never something for John Burrell to brag about to his basketball buddies. In fact, it works the other way for Burrell, whose Cal State Northridge teammates delight in calling him "Chico" while cheering him on during his torrid scoring streak.
January 29, 1999 |
If this were a perfect NBA world, 7-foot center Mark Blount and 6-7 forward Juaquin Hawkins would have a good chance of earning a roster spot on the Clippers, who finished with a 17-65 record last season. Reality, however, does not work that way. Once Michael Olowokandi, the team's No. 1 draft pick last year, signs a deal today or Saturday as expected, the Clippers will already have 13 players under contract for this season. For free agents Blount and Hawkins, along with other Clipper camp signees Scott Brooks, Tyrone Nesby and Chris Smith, this weekend's exhibition games against the Lakers will be their biggest opportunity to impress Coach Chris Ford enough to be kept among the 14 players who will start the season.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 24, 1998 |
Orlando "Hurricane" Antigua knows all about overcoming adversity. During his senior year of high school in New York, he and his family were homeless. Later, he played his first two seasons of college basketball at the University of Pittsburgh with a bullet lodged in his head, the result of a street shooting in which he was an innocent bystander.
June 25, 1996 |
Northern Wisconsin is a much better place to be lost than to be found. Al Capone and others of his ilk had hideaways in the deep woods. As a land of opportunity, it ranks right up there for hunters, fishermen and lumberjacks . . . but not for aspiring professional basketball players. Ladysmith, a lumbering, slumbering community of 4,000 at the intersection of U.S. Highway 8 and State Highway 27, is home to Mount Senario College, a homey liberal arts institution with a student body of 400.
July 2, 1995 |
Wun Versher could barely believe it. The Harlem Globetrotters had called. He had tried out. He had made the team. Now the former Dominguez High and Compton Community College standout was racing home to tell his family, thinking all the way that this was unbelievable. His family felt the same. "They didn't believe me," Versher said. "My grandparents were the worst. Not until I put a uniform in front of them, and even then I think they had doubts." No one is doubting Versher now.
March 18, 1995 |
As a basketball player, Wun Versher always expected to generate a vocal response from enthusiastic fans. But laughs? Laughs are part of the game since the former Arizona State player joined the dazzling Harlem Globetrotters. Take Versher's fourth-quarter shtick in which he holds onto the net to keep the opposing Washington Generals from scoring. When the referee orders him to let go, the ball drops through the net and hits the ref on the head.
August 20, 1994
The United States should hire the Harlem Globetrotters to represent us in the World Championships. Not only would they win, they would do so with class. DANIEL GAIEFSKI Huntington Beach