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.
March 11, 1999 |
Having too long lingered at the outer edges of an NBA title run, the Lakers took their shot at a championship on Wednesday, lined it up from deep distance and pulled the trigger. It will now be up to Glen Rice and the rest of this tossed-about team to see if the long fling swishes through--or bounds away wildly.
August 13, 1988 |
Jack Kent Cooke, who was responsible for bringing Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Marcel Dionne and Magic Johnson to Los Angeles, tipped his hat to the man who landed Wayne Gretzky. Owner Bruce McNall of the Kings "has taken an adventurous, spirited gamble, and it ought to pay off for him," Cooke said Friday.
December 20, 2006 |
Allen Iverson was no longer the answer in Philadelphia. The question now is, how will his unique blend of talent, passion and uncompromising independence play in Denver? The four-time NBA scoring champion, nicknamed "the Answer," was traded by the 76ers on Tuesday, along with forward Ivan McFarlin, to the Nuggets for point guard Andre Miller, forward Joe Smith and Denver's two 2007 first-round draft picks, pending league approval.
March 9, 2005 |
Nearly four decades after leaving the Lakers as part of the postage in a post-man package deal with Philadelphia, Darrall Imhoff returns to Los Angeles tonight for induction into the Pacific 10 Conference's men's basketball Hall of Honor. The big question is whether he'll have to show ID at the door. Imhoff's career seemed almost Zelig-like, the basketball player blending completely into his surroundings, as did Woody Allen's fictional Leonard Zelig. He was "who's that?"
December 15, 1987 |
The biggest men in basketball are supposed to be the most valuable, but isn't it striking how even the greatest of the titans have not been immune from trade. Thirty-one years ago, the St. Louis Hawks gave Boston the rights to Bill Russell. Wilt Chamberlain was traded twice. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Walton, Bob Lanier and Nate Thurmond, Elvin Hayes and Robert Parish, Moses Malone and Jack Sikma--they've all been sent packing.
April 19, 1995 |
The phones ring incessantly, customers scurry through the showroom--some lured by coupons for free canned hams--and George Hawes Jr. exhorts his troops to move the metal. Wearing a dark plaid sport coat and a patterned tie, the burly, 30-year-old Hawes is a study in perpetual motion--barking into the phone, haggling with buyers, signing off on deals. "Make a deal for me now," one car salesman implores, seeking a high trade-in allowance for an eager customer.
July 7, 2011 |
The young right-hander was prone to wildness and couldn't crack the rotation of the pitching-rich New York Mets, who were seeking a steady third baseman after trying 45 players at the hot corner in 10 seasons. The Angels, though wary of the pitcher's control problems, liked his arm and were willing to trade their six-time All-Star shortstop to get him. And so on Dec. 10, 1971, the Angels made perhaps the best trade in their history by acquiring Nolan Ryan for Jim Fregosi. "As for Ryan, I really can't say I quit on him," Bob Scheffing, then the Mets' general manager, told the New York Times.