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June 29, 1995 | TIM KAWAKAMI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Weighed down by whispers and medical charts, UCLA's Ed O'Bannon on Wednesday night wound up with the woeful New Jersey Nets, who promptly suggested that their long run of disastrous luck had ended at last. "We caught a break," Net Coach Butch Beard told reporters in New Jersey after choosing O'Bannon with the No. 9 pick overall, "for the first time in a while."
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March 3, 1996 | MARK HEISLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's no surprise George Zidek is struggling in his first season out of UCLA, that his playing time is going down and his frustration level is rising. The surprise is that it's happening in the NBA, rather than the Continental Basketball Assn., the U.S. Basketball League or pickup games at the YMCA.
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December 17, 1994 | TIM KAWAKAMI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three years ago, a dorm room hardly seemed big enough for Tyus Edney and George Zidek, players born a world apart and separated by more than a foot in height. What on earth could Edney, a Long Beach Poly High graduate, say to Zidek, who had experienced a revolution in Czechoslovakia but never had pounded the playgrounds of America? How well could an American 5-foot-10 burst of point-guard energy and basketball improvisation communicate with a European seven-foot workaholic with a lot to work on?
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March 3, 1996 | HOUSTON MITCHELL
ED O'BANNON New Jersey Nets Games: 45 Field goals: 101-280 (36.1%) Free throws: 46-58 (79.3%) 3-point field goals: 5-43 (11.6%) Points per game: 6.0 (High game: 19) Rebounds: 2.8 Assists: 1.0 Ninth pick in the draft has been a disappointment (take a look at that three-point shooting). His season can be summed up this way: His biggest ovation came when he returned to Los Angeles for a game against the Lakers. But he wasn't in the lineup, he was in street clothes on the bench because of an injury.
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March 3, 1996 | MARK HEISLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's no surprise George Zidek is struggling in his first season out of UCLA, that his playing time is going down and his frustration level is rising. The surprise is that it's happening in the NBA, rather than the Continental Basketball Assn., the U.S. Basketball League or pickup games at the YMCA.
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March 24, 1995 | MIKE DOWNEY
The first basket UCLA made, Big George Zidek dug an elbow into the ribs of Mississippi State's center, twirled and shot one of those skyhooks of his. OK, groundhook. The next basket UCLA made, Zidek stopped 18 feet from the hoop to shoot a (cough) "jumper." His feet nearly left the ground. It was his night. He could feel it. Zidek decided to push his luck. He decided to push 6-11, 255-pound Erick Dampier all over the Oakland Coliseum floor until somebody called him for it.
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March 3, 1996 | HOUSTON MITCHELL
ED O'BANNON New Jersey Nets Games: 45 Field goals: 101-280 (36.1%) Free throws: 46-58 (79.3%) 3-point field goals: 5-43 (11.6%) Points per game: 6.0 (High game: 19) Rebounds: 2.8 Assists: 1.0 Ninth pick in the draft has been a disappointment (take a look at that three-point shooting). His season can be summed up this way: His biggest ovation came when he returned to Los Angeles for a game against the Lakers. But he wasn't in the lineup, he was in street clothes on the bench because of an injury.
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November 15, 1991 | JERRY CROWE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Before the opening of practice last month, UCLA basketball players gathered at a Westwood restaurant to tell themselves what many others already had ascertained: They weren't much of a team. As a group of highly talented individuals, they were good enough to win 13 of their first 14 games last season, 23 of 32 overall. They won the Great Alaska Shootout, embarrassed Pittsburgh on national television, climbed as high as No.
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June 29, 1995 | TIM KAWAKAMI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Weighed down by whispers and medical charts, UCLA's Ed O'Bannon on Wednesday night wound up with the woeful New Jersey Nets, who promptly suggested that their long run of disastrous luck had ended at last. "We caught a break," Net Coach Butch Beard told reporters in New Jersey after choosing O'Bannon with the No. 9 pick overall, "for the first time in a while."
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March 24, 1995 | MIKE DOWNEY
The first basket UCLA made, Big George Zidek dug an elbow into the ribs of Mississippi State's center, twirled and shot one of those skyhooks of his. OK, groundhook. The next basket UCLA made, Zidek stopped 18 feet from the hoop to shoot a (cough) "jumper." His feet nearly left the ground. It was his night. He could feel it. Zidek decided to push his luck. He decided to push 6-11, 255-pound Erick Dampier all over the Oakland Coliseum floor until somebody called him for it.
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December 17, 1994 | TIM KAWAKAMI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Three years ago, a dorm room hardly seemed big enough for Tyus Edney and George Zidek, players born a world apart and separated by more than a foot in height. What on earth could Edney, a Long Beach Poly High graduate, say to Zidek, who had experienced a revolution in Czechoslovakia but never had pounded the playgrounds of America? How well could an American 5-foot-10 burst of point-guard energy and basketball improvisation communicate with a European seven-foot workaholic with a lot to work on?
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