April 11, 1993 |
Didn't you used to be . . . The Western Conference? Two seasons ago, six of its teams won 50 games. A year ago, seven won 47. Now it's sagging, as a look at the Midwest Division from the All-Star break to the start of this weekend suggests: * Houston: 18-4 * San Antonio: 15-13 * Denver: 12-12 * Utah: 9-14 * Minnesota: 6-20 * Dallas: 4-20 What has happened to the once-wild West?
December 6, 1992 |
After one week, they were merely hot. After two, they were a fluke. After three, they were a surprise. But last week, when the Bucks tied Portland for the best record in the NBA--briefly--they were a full-fledged Milwaukee Miracle, posing this question for Coach Mike Dunleavy: Why are you messing up a perfectly good lottery pick? "I tell 'em I don't know any better," Dunleavy says, laughing. "People said the Knicks might take six months to get together with all their new players.
March 29, 1992 |
War of the Rockets: It's easier to find the good guy in a TV commercial for personal injury lawyers than in this mess. Did Hakeem Olajuwon fake a hamstring pull to pressure the Houston Rockets to redo his contract? Or has the Rocket front office gone bonkers? You can't dismiss either possibility. Olajuwon is 29, immensely talented, refreshingly down to earth . . . and yes, a little headstrong. Despite his $3-million salary, he has a history of agitating for money.
November 11, 1994 |
Shorty Rogers, a man whose shy stage demeanor and gentle fluegelhorn sound were in stark contrast to some of his hearty, swinging compositions, was one of the major figures of the West Coast jazz scene of the 1950s. Rogers, who died Monday at age 70, had already achieved a degree of fame playing trumpet as well as composing and arranging for Woody Herman and Stan Kenton by the time he landed in Southern California in the early '50s from Massachusetts.
April 24, 1995 |
After some maneuvering over the seedings, a process known as the regular season, the NBA is, mercifully, set to start its playoffs with only one thing certain: Some team has to win this thing . . . doesn't it? OK, nothing is certain. The Spurs are favored in the West. In the East, it's the Magic, Bulls, Pacers or Knicks (or in other words, you're on your own over there). Here's how it shapes up. WESTERN CONFERENCE * No. 1 San Antonio vs. No.
December 30, 1990 |
Earvin and Jerry: It ended quickly, but the Laker foundations trembled last week. Magic Johnson took exception to Jerry West's seeming dismissal of his performance to a Cleveland reporter--"Magic has been playing OK. At times, he's looked like the Magic of last year." Johnson even wondered aloud if he wanted to remain a Laker. A short meeting with West chilled everything out. The franchise endures. What's going on? Like the economy, the Lakers are confronting an age of limits.