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January 14, 1985 | MIKE LITTWIN, Times Staff Writer
'I was not mentally on top of things. I wasn't ready to make decicions and then this (being fired) was being pressed on me. My dream world was sort of shattered. I was out of a job and I had to think what to do. I had to think of my family.' --JACK McKINNEY Sue McKinney had received these phone calls before and she knew just what to do. She would be a good listener, she would offer consolation, she would give her best keep-your-chin-up speech. Later, she might cry. It was Dad.
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February 9, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
This was not your typical in-season coaching change, but few are as monumental. If Lakers coach Jack McKinney hadn't decided to ride his bike to a tennis date with assistant Paul Westhead on Nov. 8, 1979 the course of the team's history might have been different — and so would the course of several men's lives. McKinney had left an assistant's job in Portland to coach the Lakers in 1979 and soon installed the foundation of the Showtime era. His team was humming along at 10-4, his relationship with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar solidifying into a deep trust, when McKinney hurtled over the handlebars of his bike and struck his head on the pavement, sustaining a serious head injury.
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May 8, 1985 | Associated Press
Former Indiana Pacer Coach Jack McKinney sued the National Basketball Assn. team Tuesday, seeking $89,706 that he says the Pacers owe him. The suit, filed in Marion County Superior Court 6, claims that the Pacers were to pay McKinney $175,000 "if the option to unilaterally terminate (the contract) was exercised." The Pacers fired McKinney on April 25, 1984, after finishing with a league-worst record of 26-56.
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October 27, 2006 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
Consider this dream sequence: As the final buzzer sounded ending the 2006 NBA Finals, Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal held the ball high above his head in triumph as his teammates mobbed him near midcourt at Staples Center.
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October 27, 2006 | Steve Springer, Times Staff Writer
Consider this dream sequence: As the final buzzer sounded ending the 2006 NBA Finals, Lakers center Shaquille O'Neal held the ball high above his head in triumph as his teammates mobbed him near midcourt at Staples Center.
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February 9, 2012 | By Helene Elliott
This was not your typical in-season coaching change, but few are as monumental. If Lakers coach Jack McKinney hadn't decided to ride his bike to a tennis date with assistant Paul Westhead on Nov. 8, 1979 the course of the team's history might have been different — and so would the course of several men's lives. McKinney had left an assistant's job in Portland to coach the Lakers in 1979 and soon installed the foundation of the Showtime era. His team was humming along at 10-4, his relationship with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar solidifying into a deep trust, when McKinney hurtled over the handlebars of his bike and struck his head on the pavement, sustaining a serious head injury.
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February 25, 1999 | HOUSTON MITCHELL
REGULAR SEASON *--* Year Team W-L Pct 1979-80 Houston 41-41 .500 1980-81 Houston 40-42 .488 1981-82 Houston 46-36 .561 1982-83 Houston 14-68 .171 1987-88 Milwaukee 42-40 .512 1988-89 Milwaukee 49-33 .598 1989-90 Milwaukee 44-38 .537 1990-91 Milwaukee 48-34 .585 1991-92 Milwaukee 8-9 .471 1994-95 Lakers 48-34 .585 1995-96 Lakers 53-29 .646 1996-97 Lakers 56-26 .683 1997-98 Lakers 61-21 .744 1999 Lakers 6-6 .500 Totals 556-457 .549 *--* PLAYOFFS *--* Year Team W-L Pct 1979-80 Houston 2-5 .
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May 31, 1989 | DON MARKUS, The Baltimore Sun
Ex-Lakers Coach Paul Westhead of Loyola Marymount College is the latest addition to a list of basketball coaching candidates under consideration for the opening at the University of Maryland, sources familiar with the search process said. Though it is not known whether Westhead was on the original list of candidates given to the search committee, sources said he has since received a number of strong recommendations, including one from University of North Carolina Coach Dean Smith.
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July 30, 1986 | Associated Press
Saying he wanted to spend more time with his family, George Irvine announced his resignation Tuesday as basketball coach of the Indiana Pacers to assume the role of director of player personnel for the National Basketball Assn. team. "The reason I'm leaving coaching is basically a personal one," Irvine told a news conference at Market Square Arena. "I want to spend more time with my family. My children are of an age that I want to be with them."
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May 1, 2002
A look at the NBA titles won when Jerry West was an executive with the team, with key moves made during that season: 1979-80 Record: 60-22 Finals: defeated 76ers in NBA Finals, 4-2 Key moves: Drafts Magic Johnson with first overall pick of NBA draft. Promotes Paul Westhead to head coach after Jack McKinney is seriously injured in a biking accident 13 games into the season. 1981-82 Record: 57-25 Finals: defeated 76ers, 4-2 Key moves: Fires Westhead and hires Pat Riley as coach.
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May 8, 1985 | Associated Press
Former Indiana Pacer Coach Jack McKinney sued the National Basketball Assn. team Tuesday, seeking $89,706 that he says the Pacers owe him. The suit, filed in Marion County Superior Court 6, claims that the Pacers were to pay McKinney $175,000 "if the option to unilaterally terminate (the contract) was exercised." The Pacers fired McKinney on April 25, 1984, after finishing with a league-worst record of 26-56.
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January 14, 1985 | MIKE LITTWIN, Times Staff Writer
'I was not mentally on top of things. I wasn't ready to make decicions and then this (being fired) was being pressed on me. My dream world was sort of shattered. I was out of a job and I had to think what to do. I had to think of my family.' --JACK McKINNEY Sue McKinney had received these phone calls before and she knew just what to do. She would be a good listener, she would offer consolation, she would give her best keep-your-chin-up speech. Later, she might cry. It was Dad.
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November 14, 2012 | By Eric Pincus
The greatest coach in Lakers' history, by winning percentage, lost his first game Tuesday night. Bernie Bickerstaff, acting as interim head coach between the Mike Brown and Mike D'Antoni eras, saw his perfect record fall to 2-1 with an 84-82 loss to the San Antonio Spurs. Pat Riley regains the lead on the all-time list with a 73.3% regular-season winning percentage (533-194). Second is Jack McKinney, back in 1979, whose brief 14-game stint (10-4) edges him (71.4%) over both Paul Westhead and Phil Jackson.
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January 6, 1986 | THOMAS BONK, Times Staff Writer
'A lot of people don't know me. Well, it's not my business to make sure they know me. This is my personality, and people or coaches or whoever are just going to have to adjust to it. You're not going to change me. I won't be somebody I don't really want to be. For that reason, I guess I am misunderstood.'--ADRIAN DANTLEY Watch Adrian Dantley for very long and you will see him score a lot of points. That is guaranteed. He will also shoot a lot of free throws, that is also guaranteed.
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