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SPORTS
June 19, 2001 | From Associated Press
With Tiger Woods out of contention, NBC's weekend ratings for the U.S. Open dropped dramatically while its coverage of the NBA Finals produced increased audiences. Game 5 of the NBA Finals between the Lakers and Philadelphia 76ers had an 11.2 rating and 22 share, a 12% increase over last year's 10.0 and 20 share for Game 5 between the Lakers and Indiana Pacers. For the five-game Finals, NBC averaged a 12.1 rating and 22 share, a 4% increase over the 11.
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NEWS
June 18, 2001 | Tim Brown
February was the only full month of the season in which the Lakers did not lose to the Seattle SuperSonics. It was the only full month in which they did not play the SuperSonics. While the O'Neal-Bryant feud simmered, O'Neal sat out six games--the last three of January and the first three of February--because of a sore arch in his right foot. Bryant sat out three games in late February because of a sprained right ankle. "I'm still upset about how the first half went," O'Neal said.
NEWS
June 18, 2001 | Tim Brown
Phil Jackson had mulled the conversation topic--this team, and why last year's championship softened it, rather than emboldened it, as he might have expected. He did not argue the premise. "It has to do with chemistry," he said. "That's what winning and losing does. When you win, it strengthens those bonds. This year, we've had some things that have happened that have not strengthened the chemistry of this basketball club."
NEWS
June 18, 2001 | Tim Brown
The Lakers opened defense of their first championship in 12 years with an opening-night victory at Portland, where Coach Phil Jackson noted, "There's still blood in the air--in this series," and then a ring-night loss to Utah, followed by signs that there was much to be resolved. Jackson read a poem before the home opener. Shaquille O'Neal, Jackson said, "carried this team on his back." He praised Ron Harper for his "leadership in triangle lore."
NEWS
June 18, 2001 | LARRY STEWART, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The extensive television coverage of the Lakers' victory celebration and parade today will be a combined effort. All but one of the major over-the-air station in Los Angeles, plus Fox Sports Net, will offer live coverage of the downtown festivities, which include a ceremony at the Department of Water and Power building, the parade down Figueroa and a rally at Staples Center. Channel 4 can't show the parade live because of the U.S. Open playoff.
NEWS
June 18, 2001 | LONNIE WHITE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For those who believe the NBA's decision to allow zone defenses next season will help neutralize Shaquille O'Neal and make the Lakers more beatable . . . think again. As Philadelphia Coach Larry Brown pointed out during this year's NBA Finals, the league's best players will adapt and still dominate. Which means, get ready for more O'Neal and his sidekick Kobe Bryant.
SPORTS
June 17, 2001 | RICH HOFMANN, PHILADELPHIA DAILY NEWS
He was born here and he was raised here. He got married here and he got wealthy here. Pat Croce is about here, about Philadelphia--which explains most of this. Or, as Croce would say on the final night of the ride, "It's just a special thing. The fans have been so special. They've been great all year. They were great tonight--such class tonight, such character." The 76ers' season had been over for 15 minutes or so. Croce, the team president, was basking in both the sadness and the glow.
NEWS
June 16, 2001 | Tim Brown
A gossip columnist in the New York Post swore in Friday's editions that Cablevision boss Jim Dolan was preparing to throw wads of money at Phil Jackson in the hopes of luring the Laker coach to the New York Knicks. Quoting a source "reasonably close" to Dolan, the columnist claimed Jackson would be offered a mammoth, multi-year contract, stock options and general manager and head coaching duties for the Knicks.
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