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July 15, 2012
Kenny Heitz, 65, who played on three NCAA basketball championship teams at UCLA in the 1960s, died Monday at his home in Pacific Palisades after a battle with cancer, the school announced. At a time when freshmen were not eligible to play varsity sports, he joined Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (then Lew Alcindor), Lucius Allen and Lynn Shackelford on the 1965-66 freshman team that defeated the two-time defending national varsity champion in the first game played at Pauley Pavilion. For the next three seasons, Heitz was a 6-foot-3 forward and guard for Coach John Wooden's varsity squad.
April 4, 2011 |
Here's something Blake Griffin might not know: The dunk shot, once banned from college and high school basketball, was reinstated 35 years ago this week. … Fans applauded the move as long overdue, but John Wooden lamented, "I think it would have been better to leave it out. " … Banished in March 1967, two days after sophomore Lew Alcindor led UCLA to the NCAA championship, dunks were not reinstituted until after the Bruins had won seven more. … "I hated to see them put the dunk out at the time," Wooden told the New York Times in 1976.
March 10, 2010 |
Willie Davis was not the best player ever to wear a Dodgers uniform, but he ranked among the most exciting. … Nobody darted from first base to third faster than Davis. … The greatest center fielder in Los Angeles Dodgers history, the captivating "Three Dog" was a three-sport star at Roosevelt High, where he was an All-City pick in basketball and baseball, once ran the 100-yard dash in 9.5 seconds and won the 1958 City long jump title with a leap of 25 feet 5 inches, which would have been a national record had it not been wind-aided.
March 16, 2009 |
The disappointment cut so deep, Jerry Colangelo remembers, that he left his office, jumped into his car and drove aimlessly around Phoenix for hours, "just trying to shake it." Richard Bloch, at home in Beverly Hills, says he muttered into the phone something like, "That's terrible," and hung up. Forty years ago this week, on March 19, 1969, the Phoenix Suns suffered a defeat so damaging that it probably cost them at least one NBA championship and possibly more.
February 2, 2009 |
Mack Calvin says he never felt so silly on a basketball court. The game as he had always known it was a hodgepodge of ceaseless motion, neither the players nor the ball stopping in one place for long. But there he stood near midcourt, the ball cradled in his arms and his feet virtually cemented to the floor. Forty years ago next month, Calvin and his USC teammates played a gripping game of keep-away against top-ranked UCLA and its All-American center, Lew Alcindor.
January 20, 2009 |
Some might wonder whether Richard Bloch wakes up at night screaming, "Tails! Tails!" The Arizona Cardinals are headed to the Super Bowl. The Diamondbacks have won a World Series. And the Phoenix Suns? Well, their success level rates a poor third among the area's pro sports teams. That could have been avoided had Bloch, the owner who convinced the NBA that Phoenix could support a pro team, had not called "heads" during an infamous coin toss 40 years ago.