February 18, 1989
Scott Ostler, the great logician, says that NBA All-Star selection should be based on merit (defined as Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's "10,000" skyhooks and five NBA championships). I surrender to no one in my appreciation of Kareem, but I submit that the sole criterion for selection to this season's All-Star team should be this season's performance. Career performance and achievement as the prime considerations? Come on, in that case, Bill Russell, Oscar Robertson and Wilt Chamberlain should have suited up and gone out to Houston to play Sunday.
April 25, 1987
I think it's about time that Magic Johnson is recognized for his total ability in all facets of the game of basketball. He is the leader, playmaker, innovator, the spark that lights the fire. You'll remember that the Lakers were dying when he joined them. In Magic's first game as a Laker, Kareem threw in a last-second winning basket. Magic dashed over to him and, in all of his college-boy exuberance, threw his arms around his neck. There was first a look of surprise and then a big smile on Kareem's face.
October 2, 2012 |
There's no mistaking who is the head honcho on the Lakers. "I got a question earlier about whose team this is," Kobe Bryant said. "It's my team. " Even after the Lakers acquired Dwight Howard, who is considered the best center in the league, and Steve Nash, a future hall of fame point guard, Bryant is clearly at the top of the pecking order. The fact that Bryant can make such a bold statement without anyone so much as batting an eye is a testament to the respect that he commands.
January 13, 1987 |
He is only 27 years old, but he's no kid. His pro career started back in the previous decade, remember. His knees creak and throb, his ice bags need ice bags, the other players keep getting younger and bigger and faster, and his contemporaries are talking retirement. So what does Earvin (Magic) Johnson do? He moves his game up another rung on basketball's ladder of evolution. Who even knew there were more rungs up there?
January 18, 1989 |
Ask Mr. Negative, to whom every cloud has a silver lining, no doubt due to atmospheric pollution or radioactive fallout. Or maybe because his eyes are going bad from staring at this damn word-processor screen . . . When Gaylord Perry missed being voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame, winding up 34 votes shy of the 336 needed for enshrinement, were you disappointed? Heartbroken. I thought he should have missed by 336 votes.
July 1, 2000 |
45% of its earnings from the 1999 NCAA tournament--as the final discipline in the JaRon Rush case. The Bruins could have been fined up to 90% of the $100,800 they made for the first-round loss to Detroit Mercy, but the NCAA reaffirmed previous statements that the school had no knowledge that Rush should have been ineligible and therefore settled on the lesser penalty.