January 20, 1997 |
Where have you gone, Dennis Rodman? A dynasty turns its lonely eyes to you. What you schedule isn't always what you get. NBC had a glamour matchup between the winners of the last six NBA titles Sunday, but a threadbare group of Chicago Bulls showed up. Injury had taken Ron Harper. David Stern had taken Rodman. Scottie Pippen, perhaps confusing the playoff atmosphere for a playoff game, shot two for 14. Toni Kukoc was one for 10.
April 25, 1990 |
The Lakers sat in front of a chalkboard Tuesday morning at Loyola Marymount and, like serious students, watched intently as Coach Pat Riley wrote out the phrase playoff mentality and then underlined it. Experienced as they are, Laker players needed to be reminded only once about what it takes, attitude-wise, to be successful in the NBA playoffs.
April 30, 2012 |
The Lakers are no strangers to playoff uncertainties, and another has appeared in their domain. Reserve power forward Jordan Hill, accused of choking a girlfriend, was charged with a third-degree felony Monday and was expected to appear soon in a Houston court. It was unclear when he would have to answer in person to the charges. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison. A spokeswoman for the Harris County district attorney said Hill needed to be present Tuesday in Houston for a hearing at 9:30 a.m. Central time, but Hill's agent said a court appearance wasn't mandated yet. "Jordan will spend [Monday]
May 11, 2009 |
Yawn. What? This column is starting? Oh, well, OK, whatever. In Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals Sunday, the Lakers . . . sigh . . . shrug . . . hmmm. I'm sorry, I just don't feel like it today. I know you're expecting a full column effort, but the Lakers' opponent was only the devastated Houston Rockets, so why should I have to work hard to write about them? Why should I put passion into describing a game that the Lakers didn't show passion in playing?
November 21, 2013 |
This might sound familiar to Lakers fans, but Dwight Howard was criticized for being too passive with the Houston Rockets. The critique came from Rockets legend and part-time Howard mentor Hakeem Olajuwon. "I wish he was doing a better job," Olajuwon told NBA.com. "Dwight has always been athletic and aggressive and he still is. But when I watch him, what I see are opportunities that he is missing. When he gets the ball, he seems to be taking his time to decide what move to make, where he should go. " Olajuwon worked with Howard during the off-season but returned to his home in Jordan last month.
September 30, 1992 |
The Houston Rockets signed restricted free agent Carl Herrera to remain with the team.