April 11, 2009 |
After Oklahoma sophomore forward Blake Griffin accepted the John R. Wooden Award, he was asked to reflect on what was going on in his mind. He could think only of the salmon that awaited him following the ceremony. "I'm hungry," he said to an amused gathering at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.
October 26, 2007 |
Luc Richard Mbah a Moute knows this about James Naismith: He invented basketball, and he was from Canada. Mbah a Moute was among three UCLA players nominated Thursday for the 2007-08 Naismith Trophy, awarded to the nation's top college player. Junior guard Darren Collison and junior forward Josh Shipp were also among the 50 nominees. "It's an honor," Mbah a Moute said. "But it doesn't matter right now. All that matters is the team. My health is good, my knees are fine."
January 13, 2006 |
Anne Donovan was picked to coach the United States women's 2006 world championship and 2008 Olympic basketball teams Thursday. Donovan, a former Olympian, will coach the team at the world championships in Sao Paulo, Brazil, and at the 2007 Olympic qualifying tournament if necessary. The winner of the world championships automatically qualifies for the Beijing Olympics.
June 8, 1990 |
Morningside High senior Lisa Leslie survived as one of 13 finalists for the 12 spots on the U.S. women's basketball national team during tryouts at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, Colo. Leslie, the consensus 1990 national high school player of the year, will find out if she made the final cut June 19 after a two-game exhibition series in Cuba. "Certainly, she's very, very talented, especially for her age," U.S. Coach Theresa Grentz said.
April 28, 1997 |
Within the span of an hour Sunday, the bidding war between pro basketball's two women's leagues escalated. The focal point was USC's 6-foot-3 Tina Thompson, who, in a late-hour reversal, signed with the Women's National Basketball Assn. The American Basketball League countered Sunday with an announcement it had signed Connecticut's 6-7 Kara Wolters and Georgia's 6-3 LaKeshia Frett. Thompson said she hopes to be drafted today by the Lakers' WNBA team, the Sparks, who have the draft's third pick.
September 2, 1993 |
Cheryl Miller, USC's career scoring and rebounding leader, has been offered the coaching job of the Trojans' women's basketball team, sources familiar with the hiring process told The Times. Negotiations with Miller, who could not be reached Wednesday night, are continuing, and the parties could fail to reach an agreement. USC is said to have backup candidates if Miller refuses the offer.
May 13, 1997 |
K.C. Jones, the former NBA coach and Celtics guard who was on 12 championship teams, was hired Monday as coach of the New England Blizzard--a coup for the fledgling women's American Basketball League. The ABL and the Blizzard said they would hold a news conference today to welcome the NBA Hall of Famer. "I think it really shows that basketball is basketball," said Pam Batalis, general manager of the Blizzard. "The perception and acceptance of women's sports has come a long way."
March 15, 2001 |
*Duke vs. Monmouth: Never has a 16th-seeded team advanced past the first round, and Monmouth isn't about to become the first. Duke is rolling, even without injured center Carlos Boozer, who has been ruled out of the first two rounds. In fact, the Blue Devils are quicker and better in transition with Boozer on the bench. Shane Battier won the Naismith Award as the nation's top player and Jason Williams is the best Duke point guard since Bobby Hurley, the all-time NCAA assist leader.