March 12, 2011
Guess again Devin Harris , on his first thought after being traded from New Jersey to Utah: "Playoffs, baby. " Guess again San Antonio's Tim Duncan , to ABC before getting two points and seven rebounds in the Spurs' loss to the Lakers: "I'm older and slower and not as good as I used to be, so I'm happy to be in a system that works. " We thought about it, though Boston Coach Doc Rivers , after losing to the Clippers: "No one cried.
January 8, 2010 |
The torture chamber awaits the Lakers again. The arena is called the Rose Garden. The city is Portland. It is where the Lakers have received much pain over the years, a place where they just can't seem to win. They have lost eight consecutive games to the Trail Blazers in Portland. And the Lakers play the Trail Blazers tonight in Portland. "Well, we've got a challenge ahead of us, I guess," Lakers Coach Phil Jackson said after practice Thursday. How can they overcome a challenge that the Lakers have failed at since they last won in Portland on Feb. 23, 2005?
August 7, 2005 |
Mr. Sonic, meet Team Turmoil. Nate McMillan is embarking on one of the most challenging jobs offered in the NBA this off-season: head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers. It's a team that over the past five years has dealt with player misbehavior, personnel changes from the front office down, fan disenchantment and two years without a postseason.
January 12, 2005 |
More than two months into his second season as coach of the Clippers, Mike Dunleavy is still looking for a go-to guy, a player who can take over games in the fourth quarter and deliver victories. "I can't say that we have anybody on our team that you can just tag and say, 'OK, I'm going to give you the ball against everybody in the NBA at your position and we're going to dominate,' " the coach said.
May 7, 1998 |
Byron Scott should ask for royalties. When he and Sam Perkins played for the Lakers, Scott gave Perkins the nickname "Big Smooth." It stuck. And in Seattle, it took off. Now there's a web site (www.bigsmooth.com) and products such as Big Smooth Chocolate Milk. And yes, Perkins had the nickname copyrighted. * Stay in Seattle long enough and a person will become a coffee drinker. After all, this is the birthplace of Starbucks. SuperSonic guard Nate McMillan gave in about six years ago.
March 22, 1997 |
Last January, Hunt Archbold of the Montgomery (Ala.) Advertiser-Journal called the usual number to join one of the twice-weekly Southeastern Conference basketball coaches' teleconferences. The operator, however, mistakenly patched him into a teleconference between SEC referees and the league's supervisor of officials, John Guthrie. Here are some of the things he heard while choosing to leave out names: --"You know you can't out-talk [Louisiana State Coach] Dale [Brown]."