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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.
October 28, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
PLAYOFF-BOUND 1. Miami 2012-13 finish: 66-16. Coming: Michael Beasley, Greg Oden. Going: Mike Miller, Juwan Howard. The Heat propped up its three-peat hopes with two balky knees and a whiff of controversy. Oden has already encountered knee swelling in his bid to play for the first time since 2009, enshrouding his return in further doubt. 2. Indiana 2012-13 finish: 49-32. Coming: Luis Scola, Chris Copeland, C.J. Watson, Solomon Hill.
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.
October 26, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
The Clippers lost some of their defensive prowess in the last two exhibitions, Coach Doc Rivers said, but he wasn't overly concerned. "Defensively, I still think - like I've said before - I thought we've taken a little step backward," Rivers said after the Clippers gave up 110 points to the Sacramento Kings on Friday night. "We've got to get that going again. " After taking Saturday off, the Clippers will practice Sunday and Monday in preparation for Tuesday's season opener against the Lakers in their designated home game at Staples Center.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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.
October 20, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
The Lakers were dragging for a team that landed before it took off. Their charter flight touched down at Los Angeles International Airport late Friday night, about three hours prior to an early Saturday morning departure from China. The 12-hour flight and accompanying 15-hour time change left their body clocks wildly askew once they reconvened for practice Sunday in El Segundo. Coach Mike D'Antoni called off practice a little early and noticed a few players were nodding off during a film session.
October 7, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
No matter how dreadful the upcoming season might be, Lakers fans don't have to hold their breath. Chris Kaman will do it for you. He can stay submerged in water for 2½ minutes thanks to years of free diving in the ocean. No, Kaman isn't your normal NBA center. Never has been. Never will be. Now he's Lakers property for a year. It will be a fun ride this season, at least in front of Kaman's locker before and after every game. Listen to him talk and you think a dark, low-level cloud will appear over his head and start a downpour.
October 6, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Brian Shaw stepped out of the visitors' locker room and into his past at Staples Center. After so many years as a Lakers player and assistant coach, he was on the other side of the scorer's table Sunday for an exhibition game, his first as a head coach. Shaw was hired by the Denver Nuggets after interviews with countless teams over the years to be a head coach. Of course, he hoped to get a chance with the Lakers last November after they fired Mike Brown. Shaw was an assistant with the Indiana Pacers at the time.
September 15, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
The Sparks' final was a preview, or so they hope. The Sparks trampled the Phoenix Mercury, 89-55, in their last game of the regular season. The same teams will play in the first round of the playoffs in a best-of-three series that begins Thursday. The Sparks were dominant from the beginning, opening up a 19-point lead in the first quarter and expanding it to as many as 38 points. The Sparks forced the Mercury to commit 20 turnovers, and held it to 34.5% shooting from the field.
September 14, 2013
When: Noon. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TWC, TWC Deportes Records: Sparks 23-10, Mercury 19-14. Record vs. Mercury: 1-2. Update: The Sparks will finish the regular season against the Phoenix Mercury, the same team they're playing in the first round of the playoffs. The Sparks have clinched second place in the Western Conference, and the Mercury is in third. The Sparks will have home-court advantage in their best-of-three playoff series, which begins Sept.
August 19, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
SPARKS TONIGHT AT SEATTLE When: 7. Where: KeyArena. On the air: ESPN2. Records: Sparks 18-7, Storm 11-13. Record vs Storm: 2-1. Update: The Sparks have won six games in a row and are half a game behind Minnesota for the top spot in the Western Conference with nine games remaining in the season. The Storm is in fourth place, two games ahead of fifth-place San Antonio for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference. The Storm is led by Tina Thompson, who is averaging 13.1 points and 5.5 rebounds a game.
February 9, 2010
SERIES Shatner's Raw Nerve: Talk show host Jerry Springer is William Shatner's guest (7 and 11 p.m. Biography). Explorer: The population explosion of Burmese pythons in Florida is examined (7 and 10 p.m. National Geographic). The Biggest Loser: Contestants get fitness tips from the U.S. Olympic ski team (8 p.m. NBC). American Idol: The Hollywood round gets underway (8 p.m. Fox). Lost: The off-island version of Kate is on the lam in Los Angeles in this new episode of the fantasy drama (9 p.m. ABC)
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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