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November 24, 2002
"Last year I reached a low point because we had so much talent and we let that go to waste." Jason Kapono, UCLA basketball forward.
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December 30, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
Instead of Bryant, Gasol and Fisher, the names that mattered most in the fourth quarter Thursday night at Staples Center were Blake, Barnes and Murphy. Gut-check time became name-check time for the Lakers when their reserves helped secure a 99-82 victory over the New York Knicks. Steve Blake hit a pair of three-pointers. Matt Barnes added a dunk and a three-pointer. Troy Murphy grabbed five rebounds. The Lakers' bench accounted for 15 of the team's 19 points in the fourth quarter, thwarting the Knicks' comeback bid. All told, the reserves combined for 40 points, with Blake collecting 11 and Metta World Peace and Jason Kapono adding nine apiece.
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November 17, 2000 | BILL SHAIKIN
UCLA forward Jason Kapono, the Bruins' leading scorer, returned to practice Thursday after X-rays showed his nose is not broken. Kapono left Wednesday's exhibition game after six minutes, complaining that he was "dazed" after a collision in which he was elbowed in the nose. The X-rays were precautionary, and Kapono is expected to play Tuesday, when the 14th-ranked Bruins (1-1) resume the regular season against Cal State Northridge.
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December 21, 2011 | By Ben Bolch
Jason Kapono doesn't figure he will be a Lakers starter for long. Noting Kobe Bryant's history of playing through injuries, Kapono said he expected the star shooting guard to be in the Lakers' lineup as usual on Christmas in their opener against Chicago. "I think you'd be a fool to not think that," Kapono said Wednesday before filling in for Bryant, who sat out the Lakers' final exhibition game against the Clippers at Staples Center because of a torn ligament in his right wrist.
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November 26, 1999 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER
The much-anticipated college career of freshman Jason Kapono began Tuesday with 16 points, seven rebounds, two steals and no butterflies. "What makes him unusual is his poise and composure for his age," Bruin Coach Steve Lavin said. Kapono's game already has a veteran's maturity, filled with a combination of intelligence (making the right pass, etc.) and talent. The latter comes with well-rounded skills, as witnessed by his debut numbers.
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May 11, 2002 | Steve Henson
Jason Kapono ended weeks of indecision by announcing Friday he will return to UCLA for his senior season of basketball. The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the NBA draft is Sunday. "I never wanted this to be a big deal," Kapono said. "I guess with all the other things in my life, the weeks since the season ended have just flown by." Kapono, the Bruins' leading scorer three years in a row, holds school records for three-point baskets with 253 in his career and 87 in a season. He is No.
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June 27, 2003 | Steve Henson
Unlike his teammate-to-be LeBron James, there is no $90-million Nike deal or even a guaranteed rookie contract for Jason Kapono. But the UCLA forward with the solid shooting stroke is overjoyed at being drafted in the second round by the Cleveland Cavaliers, joining top pick James. "It presents a great opportunity for a player like me," said Kapono, taken with the 31st selection. "Cleveland is an up-and-coming team with a lot of young talent.
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March 10, 2001 | SAM FARMER
If you think Jason Kapono and Billy Knight look alike in the way they effortlessly stroke those shots from behind the three-point arc, you aren't just seeing things. "Me and Jason worked out the whole summer, every day for about two or three hours a day," Knight said. "He let me work out with him and his trainer. We had summer school together, so we'd go out there, shooting about 500 shots a day. We'd play one on one and all that. At first, he was blowing me out a lot and winning, 5-0.
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February 13, 2001 | SAM FARMER
Everyone knows Jason Kapono can score, so his 28 points in the victory at DePaul were no great surprise. He was more pleased with his 11 rebounds. "My coaches always talk about me being a scorer," he said. "I've been trying to play better defense, rebound, all that stuff." Kapono said he has found his offensive groove, even though teams are keying on him and paying special attention to shutting him down. "Teams are trying to pressure me, but I'm still creating my own shot," he said.
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February 26, 2001 | SAM FARMER
Part of the reason Jason Kapono stuck around for another season instead of bolting for the NBA was that he wanted to develop his all-around game. Clearly, improving as a rebounder has been a priority. He's averaging six rebounds a game--two more than last season--and collected a career-high 13 at Oregon last Thursday. "I know that I'm not going to jump over guys, and I know that I'm not going to out-quick them," he said. "You've just got to have that sense, that feel.
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December 18, 2011 | By Mike Bresnahan
In case it wasn't obvious, the Lakers needed two major changes after their embarrassing four-game playoff sweep against Dallas. Get faster. Get better three-point shooters. They accomplished the former by trading for Chris Paul two weeks ago, but everyone knows how that turned out. They tried to accomplish the latter by signing free-agent veterans Jason Kapono and Troy Murphy , shooters who didn't do much last season but got another shot with the Lakers. "This team has guys that can score and this team moves the ball very well," Lakers Coach Mike Brown said.
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December 5, 2011 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers aren't officially back together, but a familiar face stopped by their training facility Monday. Kobe Bryant briefly chatted with a few Lakers employees and longtime trainer Gary Vitti before leaving, another sign of the thaw between NBA players and owners as the lockout moved closer to extinction. Monday marked a busy day for the Lakers even though the collective bargaining agreement wasn't expected to be ratified until Thursday by a majority vote of 450-plus players and 30 owners.
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January 16, 2007 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
Add another one for the Lakers. In a season of unforeseen success, they took apart another stumbling block -- a nagging inability to beat the Miami Heat since you-know-who left town, which they patched up with a 124-118 overtime victory Monday night at Staples Center. Kobe Bryant and Brian Cook each had 25 points, and Smush Parker had 17 points in an up-an-down game that saw him go from goat to bigger goat to hero to bigger hero.
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December 6, 2004 | Larry Stewart
The Clippers, who lost to Minnesota in overtime Saturday night after winning five in a row, will try to get another streak going tonight against the expansion Charlotte Bobcats at Staples Center. The Bobcats are coming off a 107-101 victory over the New York Knicks on Saturday night. Starting at forward for the Bobcats is former UCLA and Artesia High star Jason Kapono. He scored 10 points against the Knicks and is averaging 8.7 points. He had a career-high 25 points against Detroit on Nov. 21.
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July 31, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
Former UCLA forward Jason Kapono was signed by the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday. Contract terms were not disclosed. Kapono, a 6-foot-8 second-round pick in June's NBA draft, is third in UCLA history with 2,095 points behind Don MacLean and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and was the first Bruin to lead the school in scoring for four straight seasons. Kapono also declared himself eligible for the draft after his junior year but withdrew his name.
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June 27, 2003 | Steve Henson
Unlike his teammate-to-be LeBron James, there is no $90-million Nike deal or even a guaranteed rookie contract for Jason Kapono. But the UCLA forward with the solid shooting stroke is overjoyed at being drafted in the second round by the Cleveland Cavaliers, joining top pick James. "It presents a great opportunity for a player like me," said Kapono, taken with the 31st selection. "Cleveland is an up-and-coming team with a lot of young talent.
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March 7, 2001 | SAM FARMER
Jason Kapono said Tuesday that he spoke out of frustration after the Stanford game when he told reporters he felt like a forgotten man in the offense. "It was the heat of the moment, plus it was because we lost," said Kapono, who scored eight points against the Cardinal on two-of-seven shooting. "I was more mad at myself for not helping my team win." In a team meeting Monday, Kapono apologized to his teammates for his comments. Regardless, the numbers don't lie.
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January 30, 2001 | SAM FARMER
Jason Kapono practiced without a wrist wrap Monday and is gradually recovering from the effects of a hard spill under the basket Thursday against Oregon State. His right wrist and hand were swollen and tender over the weekend, but X-rays revealed no damage. After struggling to get a feel for the ball and his shot in the first half against Oregon on Saturday, he removed the protective wrap on his hand and scored 16 of his 18 points in the final 20 minutes.
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March 11, 2003 | Steve Henson, Times Staff Writer
Jason Kapono made it a four-peat. Twice. The senior forward became the first UCLA player chosen the team's most valuable player four years in a row, sharing the John Wooden Award with senior guard Ray Young. And Kapono became only the fourth player to be selected All-Pacific 10 Conference four times, joining Todd Lichti of Stanford (1986-89), Ron Lee of Oregon (1973-76) and Bob McKean of California (1952-55). Kapono is the first player to lead the Bruins in scoring four years in a row.
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March 2, 2003 | Steve Henson
Jason Kapono will leave UCLA with many fond memories. McArthur Court will not be one of them. Fighting a severe cold, the senior forward was held to five points Saturday. He made one of eight shots, a three-pointer with 6:50 to play, seconds after he had launched an airball from the same spot. His struggle was reminiscent of last season's 29-point loss at "The Pit," when he made one of six shots and scored four points. "I'm just real sluggish and drained," he said.
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