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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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November 17, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
When it became clear Blake Griffin wasn't injured in the third quarter, the Clippers felt much better about their chances of beating a short-handed Brooklyn Nets team Saturday night at Staples Center. Griffin had a strong game throughout, collecting a double-double with 30 points and 12 rebounds in helping the Clippers to a 110-103 victory over the Nets. Chris Paul struggled most of the game, but he produced his 10th consecutive double-double, scoring 12 points and handing out 13 assists.
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January 5, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Pete Maravich came to town 25 years ago, Jan. 5, 1988. No newspaper, local or national, had an obituary prepared. No need, presumably. Everything seemed normal that morning in the gymnasium at the First Church of the Nazarene in Pasadena. Maravich had flown in from his Louisiana home to do some radio work with James Dobson. Maravich had become a born-again Christian. Dobson was the nationally known head of Focus on the Family, his spacious headquarters located at the intersection of the 57 and 10 freeways in Pomona.
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November 16, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Lakers on Sunday night VS. DETROIT When: 6:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: TWC SportsNet, TWC Deportes; Radio: 710, 1330. Records: Lakers 4-7; Pistons 3-5. Record vs. Pistons (2012-13): 2-0. Update: The Pistons were 0-3 on the road until a 97-90 victory Friday over Sacramento. Detroit leads the NBA in points in the paint (51 per game), a potential problem for a Lakers team that has been pliant in that area. The Lakers have won seven of their last eight against Detroit.
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July 12, 2011 | By Melissa Rohlin
The WNBA season was barely three weeks old, and already two of the league's biggest stars were out because of injuries. Sparks forward Candace Parker, the 2008 league most valuable player, had torn the meniscus in her right knee. Seattle Storm center Lauren Jackson, the reigning MVP, required surgery on her left hip. Parker won't be back for another month or so, and Jackson will be out even longer. Tough luck? No, more like the continuation of a trend. Players, coaches and trainers say injuries consistently plague the league, and they believe they know why: an off-season that really isn't one. Nearly three-quarters of the league's players also compete abroad, supplementing their relatively modest WNBA incomes with what typically are much larger payments from foreign teams that also might pick up their living expenses and shower them with gifts.
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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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February 14, 2011 | By Joe Flint
Time Warner Cable has struck a game-changing TV deal with the Lakers to create two new regional sports channels ? one in English and one in Spanish ? that will use the world champions as their backbone. The 20-year agreement, which kicks off with the 2012-13 season, covers all preseason, regular-season and postseason games that are not nationally telecast. The marriage of the Lakers and Time Warner Cable is a major blow to Fox Sports West and KCAL-TV, the current rights holders.
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July 17, 2013 | By Melissa Rohlin
WNBA star Brittney Griner remembers a day in seventh grade as if it were yesterday. Class had just let out and the hallway was flooded with students. As Griner made her way through the crowd, a boy stopped her. "You're a dude," he said. "I just stood there and took it. I was humiliated. The whole school was laughing at me," Griner recalled. In college at Baylor, Griner was a phenomenon on the court. She finished as the NCAA's second-leading women's scorer of all time and created a buzz with her dunks and athleticism, twice winning player-of-the-year awards.
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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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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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November 16, 2013 | By Broderick Turner
Clippers Coach Doc Rivers said the meeting he had with free agent Lamar Odom at the team's practice facility Friday went well and that the organization is interested in the forward. No deal was imminent between the Clippers and Odom, but the team will continue to monitor things. "I've always had interest in him," Rivers said Saturday. "I've always liked him. The teams he has played on, the coaches who have coached him have always liked him… I hadn't seen him. I just wanted to see him. " Odom has said the Clippers are the only team he would play for, according to NBA executives who were not authorized to speak publicly on the matter.
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November 16, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Kobe Bryant returned to the practice court Saturday for the first time since sustaining a torn Achilles' tendon in mid-April, his strongest step yet toward a return to game action. The practice consisted of some contact drills, shooting and strategy work. Players were supposed to go at half speed but it "turned into 100% real fast. And Kobe was part of it," reserve guard Steve Blake said. "He looks like Kobe to me, basically. He's moving well, right back to his old self. " Bryant did not talk to reporters but did an interview for NBA TV that detailed his on-court progress.
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November 16, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
Quotage All Knicked up New York Knicks star Carmelo Anthony , on the discrepancy between the Houston Rockets being awarded 44 free throws and the Knicks 27 during a Rockets victory: "You see how guys get their calls. Me, I've got to get cut. You've got to see blood for me to get a call down there. " Of Mozart and Popovich Washington Wizards forward-center Nene , on being soundly beaten by the San Antonio Spurs: "They kicked our butts in the most classy way - playing the right way. It's crazy, that's what makes me mad. Our young guys think they're so smart.
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November 16, 2013 | By Ben Bolch
Hazing in the NBA has always been about as sinister as a Dora the Explorer backpack, as menacing as a Hanson song. If it were a reality television show, it could air on Nick Jr. Cue the cute and cuddly Earl Clark dressed as a banana. Cut to Quincy Pondexter carrying a box of Krispy Kreme doughnuts into his team's practice facility. Bring on Darren Collison and Marcus Thornton , trying their best to croon Beyonce's "Single Ladies. " Those are just some of the G-rated antics rookies have been subjected to in recent years.
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November 15, 2013 | Bry Broderick Turner
When: 7:30. Where: Staples Center. On the air: TV: Prime Ticket; Radio: 980, 1330. Records: Clippers 6-3, Nets 2-5 before Friday's games. Record vs. Nets (2012-13): 1-1. Update: The Clippers have five players on the Western Conference All-Star ballot releasedFriday: Guards Chris Paul, J.J. Redick and Jamal Crawford, forward Blake Griffin and center DeAndre Jordan. The Nets, with new Coach Jason Kidd and a veteran, star-studded roster, were last in the Atlantic Division before Friday.
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November 15, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
These are the games where all heads normally turn to Kobe Bryant. Regardless of title - opponent, teammate, fan or hater - everyone in attendance anticipates Bryant's time in the crunch for the Lakers, successful or not. But without him, you get a game like Friday's between the Lakers and Memphis Grizzlies, and a score that didn't favor the home team at Staples Center. GAME SUMMARY: Grizzlies 89, Lakers 86 Zach Randolph was the man on the spot and he delivered with several late plays to push Memphis to an 89-86 victory.
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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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November 15, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
Kobe Bryant was in a joking mood before the Lakers played Memphis. "I'm feeling good. I'll be back playing tomorrow," he said Friday as he walked away from reporters surrounding his locker. Then he added, "I'm kidding. " Bryant hasn't spoken in-depth to reporters in more than a week, but he's not on pace for a happy Thanksgiving, at least in the basketball sense. "He hasn't got any practice yet, so it would be tough," Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni said.
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