October 29, 2003 |
Actually heard on ESPN on Tuesday afternoon: "As reported earlier on SportsCenter, sources close to O'Neal say he called Bryant twice this summer and in fact Kobe never returned his phone calls." Stay tuned for further developments in this breaking news story. Such as: Did Kobe really get a smaller piece of Phil Jackson's birthday cake than Shaq? And did that, in turn, cause Kobe not to invite Shaq to spend the night up in his backyard treehouse?
April 17, 2003 |
OAKLAND -- Shaunie O'Neal, Shaquille's pregnant wife, is not due with the couple's son until the end of April, but O'Neal on Wednesday said he could not rule out missing a playoff game to witness the event. "I'm not thinking about it until it happens," he said after the Lakers ended their regular season with a win against the Golden State Warriors. "But, I will be there for the birth of my son. I gotta be the first black man he sees."
September 18, 2010 |
With six first-team all- NBA picks on the market with 16 more former all-stars and more than 50 starting players, any NBA team could make out and most did: 1. Boston — Yet another Last Hurrah possible with Jermaine O'Neal, Shaquille O'Neal, Delonte West and Von Wafer. Coach Doc Rivers is worried about chemistry — preferable to worrying they're washed up, as he was six months ago. 2. Chicago — Nice job by Recruiters Rn't Us after missing out on Dwyane Wade and becoming the only team to tell LeBron James his people couldn't ride their plane, before dropping mysteriously off his list.
November 26, 2003 |
Opinions are like free throws in today's NBA. Everybody steps to the line. Everybody takes shots. Some toss up bricks. Which brings us to a new book written by sports statistician Elliott Kalb and his selection as the best NBA player of all time: Shaquille O'Neal. Believe it or not, the book is not titled, "I'm Pulling Your Leg From Here to Staples Center." Kalb christened his book, "Who's Better, Who's Best in Basketball?" with a cover tease that promises, " 'Mr.
January 28, 2009 |
Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist John Updike, who died Tuesday, was a baseball fan pure and simple. Anyone doubting the depth of his feelings for the game need only refer to a New Yorker magazine piece he penned in 1960 on Red Sox legend Ted Williams. It was a 5,880-word essay, each sentence perfectly crafted. Here are just a few of them about watching the home run that Williams hit in his final at-bat. Williams was 42 at the time. Updike was 28.
December 15, 2000 |
As the Lakers trudged through the first 6 1/2 weeks of the season, they insisted that there was plenty of time to work out whatever problems they had. They were right. But not anymore. The presidential election is finally over, and so are the NBA primaries. It's time for the Lakers to show what they've got. The Lakers (15-9) have 24 games in the books; that's almost a third of the season.