December 15, 2013
The heartbreak kid Brooklyn Nets forward Paul Pierce , on leaving the Boston Celtics: "I'm a person that's always when it's time to move on, you move on. You can ask any girlfriend I've ever had. " No biggie Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert , on beating the two-time defending champion Miami Heat in their first regular-season meeting: "We're not going to run around chest-bumping and stuff like that. It's not like three years ago, when if we got a win like this it was the highlight of our season.
October 13, 1985 |
World champion Nihilator came from the second tier Saturday night to win the inaugural running of the $225,000 Walt Whitman for 3-year-old pacers at Garden State Park by 2 3/4 lengths. Driver William O'Donnell maneuvered Nihilator to the outside and remained there throughout the mile. The son of Niatross worked his way to third passing the half mile and gained the lead from Pershing Square entering the stretch.
June 12, 2000 |
The bald, goateed, man who sits behind Larry Bird during Pacer games is Joe Qatato. "Quirky," the Pacers call him, because Bird does, and has for more than two decades. Qatato met Bird in 1979. He was a student at Emerson College in Boston and a public relations intern with the Boston Celtics. Bird had just left Indiana State and in many circles was a basketball legend already.
January 4, 2014 |
If the NBA playoffs started Sunday, they would include one team five games below .500, two other teams with losing records at home and a fourth team that has gone 0-5 in its division. In what kind of an insane realm does this mishmash of mediocrity qualify as success, and where do the Lakers sign up? It's called the Eastern Conference, with membership confined to mostly poor, huddled masses yearning to wheeze free. Eleven of the 15 teams have losing records. Toronto's 16-15 record is good enough to lead the awful Atlantic Division, where the second-place team will probably be high in the draft lottery.
October 27, 1985 |
The Chicago Bulls, under new Coach Stan Albeck, have already developed a new fighting spirit. In a game Saturday night at Chicago in which Albeck was ejected after getting into a shoving match with Detroit Coach Chuck Daly, Michael Jordan led the Bulls to a 121-118 victory over the Pistons, their second straight win in the new season.
February 21, 1990 |
Eight players, including Chuck Person of Indiana and Bernard King of Washington, were fined a total of $10,500 by the NBA today for fights over the weekend. Person received the largest fine, $4,000, for his part in a fight with King that spilled into the front row of the stands during Sunday's game in Baltimore. A child in the first row was shaken up but uninjured after a player fell into the stands.
February 1, 2009 |
RANKINGS, COMMENTS THROUGH SATURDAY *--* FOUR ACES 1. LAKERS (37-9) Lakerdom holding its breath, waiting for the word on Andrew. (1) 2. BOSTON (39-9) Remember Christmas when Lakers started them on 2-7 nose dive? So do they. (2) 3. CLEVELAND (36-9) Oops: After complaining Magic got three all-stars, Magic wallops them. (3) 4. ORLANDO (35-10) Booby prize: Boston-Cleveland loser looking at them in second round. (4) 11 JACKS 5.
May 11, 2012 |
NBA EASTERN CONFERENCE SEMIFINAL CAPSULES No. 4 Boston vs. No. 8 Philadelphia Boston def. Atlanta, 4-2, in first round Philadelphia def. Chicago, 4-2, in first round Season series: Philadelphia, 2-1. Key stat: Nine days before his 36th birthday, Boston's Kevin Garnett collected 28 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots in a turn-back-the-clock performance Thursday during the Celtics' series-clinching victory...
February 2, 2013 |
AND THE GOLDEN GLOBE GOES TO … 1. OKLAHOMA CITY (35-12) Westbrook blames Sefolosha for five-second violation, global warming. (2) 2. MIAMI (29-14) Ray Allen (scoreless on 0-for-9 shooting) doesn't have game vs. Pacers. (1) 3. SAN ANTONIO (38-11) Popovich could reprise “DNP - Old” for Duncan and Bryant at All-Star game. (3) 4. CLIPPERS (34-14) If Chris Paul isn't available, can alter-ego Cliff come out and play? (4) HOPING THE ACADEMY LOOKS UPON THEM MORE FAVORABLY 5. NEW YORK (30-15)