February 28, 1996 |
The Los Angeles-area businessman who may be the reason St. Louis had a landing place for Wayne Gretzky greeted Tuesday's night's news of the trade for the Great One with mixed feelings. "I'm a hockey fan, and I want the Kings to do well," said Harry Ornest, the Beverly Hills resident who owned the St. Louis Blues from 1983-86. "But St. Louis is a great hockey town, and if anybody's going to give them their money's worth, it's Wayne Gretzky."
November 12, 1990 |
As the Raiders discovered Sunday, guys named Magic are tough to beat in Los Angeles. . . . What courage and durability Don Majkowski showed by shrugging off eight sacks to lead Green Bay to victory. . . . Beginning next Monday in Miami, we'll find out whether the real Raiders are those who won their first five or those who lost three of their last four. . . . Time of possession stat of the day: Green Bay had the ball for 13:37 of the first quarter and trailed, 13-3. . . .
June 27, 1992 |
Perhaps disoriented by his fall to the 12th spot in the NBA draft, where he was taken by the Miami Heat, Harold Miner picked a strange way to open his first conversation with the team's managing partner, Lew Schaffel. The former USC star asked about alligators. "I had heard about them," Miner said at his introductory news conference in Miami. "I heard they popped out of the sewers."
August 10, 2012 |
The NBA holds an annual draft, but it has never meant much to the Lakers. They don't draft stars so much as acquire them. It's been this way for decades, with the Lakers often harvesting top talent from elsewhere instead of growing their own. Dwight Howard, acquired from Orlando on Friday, was only the latest example of the Lakers making a move that shifted the NBA's landscape. Here are a few of the other monumental Lakers trades, or signings, that helped the franchise win 16 NBA championships, one behind the Boston Celtics: Wilt Chamberlain (1968-73 with Lakers)
July 15, 2004 |
How do you sum up Shaquille O'Neal's cross-country move to the Miami Heat in a single word, when new teammate Eddie Jones required a double-unbelievable to describe it, when South Beach nightclub owners are stepping over one another to set aside private tables for O'Neal in their VIP rooms, when the evening "SportsCenter" is almost entirely devoted to an interview with Shaq? The only choice is the word that used to be commonplace in the Laker locker room.
June 28, 1988 |
The Clippers, who already have the luxury of making Danny Manning the No. 1 choice in today's National Basketball Assn. draft, have engineered a three-way deal with the Philadelphia 76ers and Seattle SuperSonics that, barring last-minute complications, will net them the third pick in the first round but will cost them Michael Cage, the league's leading rebounder last season.
July 21, 1996 |
It's nothing new. This is a city built on stars, and if they're somebody else's, well, get them here, where they can shine even brighter. The star system, which has just brought Shaquille O'Neal to the Lakers, is as old as Southern California and as new as its soccer team. You wonder why it's called the Galaxy? Hollywood knew, and that's why Douglas Fairbanks and Mary Pickford were hijacked from Broadway to bring credibility to motion pictures. Jerry Buss knows it.