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November 16, 1986 | United Press International
For the longest time, Doctor J was the basketball player and Julius Erving was the man. Gradually, the two personalities merged as Erving became appreciated for himself, rather than for the instantly recognized nickname attached to the skywalking legend of the old American Basketball Association. When the time came to announce his retirement, however, it was Erving, and not Doctor J, who said the time had come to pinpoint the end of his career.
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November 14, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
There's only one thing to say about the Lakers and back-to-back sets. Three down, 16 to go. The Lakers have been dreadful on the second night of consecutive games this season, getting blown out by 31 in Golden State, losing to the Anthony Davis Show by 11 in New Orleans and fading in the fourth quarter of a 111-99 loss Wednesday in Denver. Three losses by an average of 18 points. Not exactly competitive. Can't wait for that trip next month with four games in five nights - back-to-backs at Oklahoma City and Charlotte, then a night off, then back-to-backs against Atlanta and Memphis.
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December 18, 1996 | EARL GUSTKEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a 1993 interview, during the Women's Final Four in Atlanta, when Sheryl Swoopes and Texas Tech had sold out the Omni, NBA Commissioner David Stern was asked about women's professional basketball. "I think a women's pro league is an idea that should not be scoffed at," he said. "In fact, I have some staff in Atlanta now, studying those crowds." Fast forward to September 1995. At a news conference in Palo Alto, nine members of the 1996 U.S.
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November 13, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
When: 6 PST. Where: Pepsi Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 4-5, Nuggets 2-4. Record vs. Nuggets (2012-13): 1-3. Update: The Nuggets have started slowly in the first season with Coach Brian Shaw. It wasn't entirely unexpected after the Nuggets traded Andre Iguodala to Golden State during the off-season. Ty Lawson averages 21.7 points and 7.3 assists, but he's Denver's only scoring threat. The Nuggets' second-leading scorer is Jordan Hamilton, at 10.3 points a game.
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December 27, 1995 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
No more pro basketball in Boston Garden, no more heated passion toward the Boston Celtics. What's a legendary rivalry to do? Tuesday night, the Lakers treated what was once The Opponent like any other team of late. They not only out-lasted the Celtics, 102-91, before 14,324 at the Forum to improve to 16-13 and climb three games over .500 for the first time this season, but they shut down another offense. Just like last Friday against the Sacramento Kings, who labored to 38.1% and 83 points.
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January 20, 1991 | MIKE REILLEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's Tuesday night, and Leon Wood is looking for a basketball game. Not just any basketball game. An NBA game. It's not easy finding one around here. The closest franchise is nearly 500 miles away in Minneapolis. Except for national telecasts on the weekends and box scores in the local paper, Wood is completely isolated from the league he wants so badly to play in again. When he can't find a game on television, Wood goes bar-hopping. He is not out for that wild Rapid City night life.
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June 12, 2013 | By Stephen Bailey
He's an interesting guy, this coach. Resembles actor Richard Gere. Is said to be the very best in his field. Won NBA championships. Dated Jeanie Buss. Meet Chip Engelland, San Antonio Spurs assistant. The shooting specialist credited with sharpening the strokes of Grant Hill, Tony Parker and, most recently, Kawhi Leonard. Engelland, 52, was a UCLA ball boy in the days of John Wooden and led the City Section in scoring as a senior at Palisades High in 1979. Basketball fans around the Westside mention his name in the same breath as former NBA sharpshooters Kiki Vandeweghe and Steve Kerr.
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April 3, 1993 | EARL GUSTKEY
Is it too early to imagine that one day sports sections will carry NBA standings for men's teams . . . and women's? "I don't think it's a scenario that should be scoffed at," NBA Commissioner David Stern said Friday. "Women's pro basketball is a subject we talk about from time to time, and we're looking at it again now." Stern said he was impressed that this weekend's NCAA women's Final Four games sold out the Omni in Atlanta a week in advance. "I think it's terrific; I'll be watching," he said.
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December 31, 2004
A sampling of L.A. Nielsen ratings for Dec. 25-26: Weekday ratings: FRIDAY, Dec. 24 -- Pro football, Green Bay at Minnesota, Ch. 1, 7.1/20; Hawaii Bowl, Alabama Birmingham vs. Hawaii, ESPN, 1.2/3. -- SATURDAY over-the-air Channel Rating Share Pro basketball: Miami at Lakers 7 17.0 44 Pro football: Oakland at Kansas City 2 6.0 17 Golf: Skills Challenge (tape) 4 1.2 3 SATURDAY on cable Network Rating Share Pro football: Denver at Tennessee ESPN 4.3 11 Pro basketball: Detroit at Indiana ESPN 2.5 8 Hockey: World Junior Championships ESPN2 0.0 0 SUNDAY over-the-air Channel Rating Share Pro football: San Diego at Indianapolis 2 9.7 25 Pro football: Carolina at Tampa Bay 11 7.1 18 Pro football: Atlanta at New Orleans 11 1.8 5 Pro basketball: Clippers at Houston 5 1.4 3 Golf: Skills Challenge (tape)
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November 10, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
The athletic and high-leaping DeAndre Jordan has started to use his immense talents to become a rebounding force in the NBA. It has become his mission to use his 6-11, 265-pound frame to get every rebound in sight. Jordan was second in the NBA in rebounding before Sunday night's game, averaging 13.7 a game. He was a rebounding beast for the Clippers during their three-game trip, gathering 51 rebounds, including 18 on offense. Jordan finished the trip against the Rockets with 18 rebounds, seven on offense.
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November 9, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
HOUSTON - His players "were all pouting" and their "body language was awful" when the game wasn't going the Clippers' way Saturday night against the Houston Rockets. So Clippers Coach Doc Rivers jumped into his team, constantly encouraging and pushing them, telling them to "hang around. " The Clippers stayed the course by letting their defense be their guide in a 107-94 victory over the Rockets at the Toyota Center. BOX SCORE: Clippers 107, Houston 94 After the Clippers rallied from 12 points down in the third quarter to get a win that left them 1-2 on the three-game trip, Rivers high-fived with his players before he walked off the court.
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November 9, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Lakers don't always live and die by the three. They sometimes live and die several feet inside the three-point line, a dangerous existence. They've fallen prey to the casual range of 15-19 feet, shooting too many times from there (107) for Coach Mike D'Antoni's comfort. It's no-man's land, he feels. Shoot three-pointers or go for something inside five feet. The Lakers' accuracy from 15-19 feet is 29%, third worst in the NBA before Saturday's games, according to NBA.com stats.
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November 9, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
- Clippers small forward Jared Dudley said he had an MRI exam Friday on his bruised right knee that was negative. Dudley said he was having a "tough time bending" the knee so he wanted to see a doctor to know that "mentally" there wasn't a problem. Dudley said the kneecap was rubbing against a ligament and that has caused some inflammation in his knee. "I can't really bend my knees the full extension," said Dudley, who had nine points in 27 minutes against the Houston Rockets on Saturday.
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November 8, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
NEW ORLEANS - Pau Gasol pledged to carry the Lakers while Kobe Bryant was absent, willing to be the leader for however long an Achilles' tendon took to heal. He needs to start playing better or else it might not matter when Bryant returns. Gasol continued getting sucked under by waves of inaccuracy and ineptitude Friday night, missing again and again on offense and playing ragged defense in the Lakers' 96-85 loss to the New Orleans Pelicans. GAME SUMMARY: Pelicans 96, Lakers 85 His coaches shrugged and his teammates hoped for a quick reversal because it was only the seventh game of the season.
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November 6, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
CLIPPERS AT MIAMI When: 4 PST. Where: AmericanAirlines Arena. On the air: TV: TNT; Radio: 980, 1220. Records: Clippers 3-2; Heat 3-2. Record vs. Heat (2012-13): 1-1. Update: The Clippers' three-game winning streak ended in Orlando. LeBron James leads the Heat in points (25.6) and assists (8.0). Heat forward Chris Bosh will play after missing the last game for the birth of his second child, a daughter.
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February 22, 1993 | EARL GUSTKEY
When they blow the final horn on the night of April 4 at the women's basketball Final Four, what then? After they turn out the lights and the players and coaches leave and line up for the airport vans, another wave of talented U.S. female players will look ahead to the two worlds of women's pro basketball, two oceans apart. There is no pro women's basketball in the United States, not since the Women's Basketball League folded in the 1980s. About 125 U.S. women play overseas pro ball.
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