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April 11, 1993 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The doubts strike in the darkness, as midnight becomes 1 a.m. and 1 bleeds into 2. Some nights, Randy Pfund can find neither sleep nor solutions. Can I do this, the job I've prepared for all my life, the job that's now consuming me? How can I coax more out of the veterans in less time and play the kids without hurting us? How could I not know how quickly a game can turn? Am I going to be known as the guy who coached the Lakers through their worst season in decades?
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February 1, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
The season is over. It only feels like the Lakers franchise is done. There is the terrible team, the sidelined superstar and the dim prospects for a quick turnaround. What's next? A walkout by super fan Flea? Fortunately, these are the Lakers, and they always seem to figure it out. Unfortunately, short of drafting Magic Johnson, these things can take time. It was six long years between the Lakers' going pfft under Randy Pfund in 1994 and winning their next title.
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March 23, 1994 | MARK HEISLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a development whose timing caught all of basketball by surprise, the Los Angeles Lakers said Tuesday night that their former star, Earvin (Magic) Johnson, this week will become the team's new coach. Johnson will replace Coach Randy Pfund, the team said, a stunning development that came 11 days after the Lakers announced they had extended Pfund's contract by one season. Laker assistant Bill Bertka will coach the team's next two games, at Dallas tonight and at Houston Thursday night.
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January 10, 2013 | By Mike Bresnahan
The walk to the team bus was short but still left eons for Steve Nash to ponder the imponderable. Will the Lakers miss the playoffs? "I think about it every day," he said in a quiet moment after their latest loss, Wednesday in San Antonio. "We've got to make some serious ground up here quickly. We're in deep, and we've got to find a way to scratch and claw and get to 48 wins. " He chose 48 because it was tossed his way by a reporter. It's the average number of victories claimed by the eighth and final team in the Western Conference playoffs the last five years.
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December 18, 1993
If Randy Pfund wants to win games, maybe he should think about starting Sedale Threatt at point guard. Threatt was one of the Lakers' leaders in scoring, assists and steals during his first two years with the Lakers. Why waste his talent and leadership with limited minutes? Young, unrefined talent is no replacement for a proven, capable veteran like Sedale Threatt. Randy Pfund, get a clue. CHRIS STAHL Mar Vista
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May 15, 1993
I know Randy Pfund is a great coach, Mike Downey knows Randy is a great coach--so do Allan Malamud, Helene Elliott, Charles Barkley, Pat Riley, God, and even Randy himself, so if Jerry Buss doesn't know it, that's his loss and some other team's opportunity. JOHN WATTS Carpinteria
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July 11, 1991
Randy Pfund has turned down a lucrative offer from Coach Pat Riley of the New York Knicks and will remain in Los Angeles as an assistant, the Lakers announced Wednesday. The Lakers offered Pfund an extended contract late in the 1990-91 season, but he deferred a decision while considering Riley's offer. Pfund was an assistant when Riley coached the Lakers. According to New York Newsday, the Knicks were prepared to offer Pfund nearly $250,000 a year over five years.
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May 12, 1993 | MIKE DOWNEY
Looking back at a lost weekend of Los Angeles basketball, let me leave you with these thoughts. I do not think Randy Pfund did a good job of coaching the Lakers. I think Randy Pfund did a great job of coaching the Lakers. I think Randy Pfund did an absolutely unbelievably incredible job of coaching the Lakers. Are we clear on this point yet? The man was given a job--his first NBA head-coaching job.
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June 10, 2006
Going through some ancient VHS tapes, I came upon an old one of a Lakers game against the Knicks from the early '90s. It opened with the view of a rainy day in New York, the Twin Towers (no, not Sampson and Hakeem!) in the background. Even a team led by an aging James Worthy, a young Vlade Divac and coached by Randy Pfund was made fun by Chick Hearn. Just one of many, many games over 30 years that I watched while eating dinner. I have to go: Vlade just had the "mustard come off the hot dog" but then "made the greatest shot in the history of the game."
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May 27, 2011
Mike Brown is the single worst non-interim head coaching hire in Lakers history (Yes, I am aware of Randy Pfund). The Lakers will not only not win an NBA title under Brown, they will be lucky to make the conference finals. As we have seen for some time now with the Knicks, when rich dads let their incompetent sons run the team nothing good comes of it, and that will most definitely be the case here. Hello, lottery — get ready for the Lakers. Erik Schuman Fountain Valley :: I get the feeling this is the end of the Lakers era in Los Angeles.
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June 10, 2006
Going through some ancient VHS tapes, I came upon an old one of a Lakers game against the Knicks from the early '90s. It opened with the view of a rainy day in New York, the Twin Towers (no, not Sampson and Hakeem!) in the background. Even a team led by an aging James Worthy, a young Vlade Divac and coached by Randy Pfund was made fun by Chick Hearn. Just one of many, many games over 30 years that I watched while eating dinner. I have to go: Vlade just had the "mustard come off the hot dog" but then "made the greatest shot in the history of the game."
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December 18, 1995 | LISA DILLMAN and SHAV GLICK
Laker owner Jerry Buss simply could not handle being ignored in the post-Magic Johnson era. Because of that, Randy Pfund went Pfft as the Lakers' coach in March 1994. A day after the Lakers rallied from a five-point deficit in the last 30 seconds to defeat the Celtics, Buss met with Pfund and was angered by the sparse treatment in the newspaper. " 'Randy, this is killing me,' " Pfund recalled in an interview with the Chicago Tribune. " 'Nobody is writing about us. We're going into oblivion here.
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April 20, 1994 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The season ends for the Lakers in three more games. Not the regular season. The season. For the first time since 1975-76, they are not going to the playoffs, ending the longest active string of appearances in the league and the third-longest in NBA history. After this weekend, they are done, meaning these last few outings--including Tuesday night's 105-98 loss to the Denver Nuggets at McNichols Arena--have been a cool down instead of the usual warmup. "Weird," Vlade Divac said.
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April 9, 1994
Any coach can teach his players how to handle themselves on the basketball court and learn the "system." Then there are those coaches who are able to motivate, bring out the best in the talent they have, instill confidence and teach success. That has been the difference between John Wooden and everyone who followed him at UCLA. Need more proof? Just look at what Magic Johnson is doing with the same group that Randy Pfund once coached. GARY M. BARNUM Woodland Hills UCLA will soon review Jim Harrick.
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March 26, 1994
With Magic Johnson sure to give the current crop of Lakers a much-needed dose of enthusiasm, hopefully we'll finally be able to see their full talents. And now that the Magic's back, I hope the disappearing act of Danny Manning will be only a brief illusion and he'll soon reappear in L.A. wearing purple and gold. JONATHAN M. HOGAN Studio City Coach Magic Johnson? Having no coaching experience, does he consider himself another John Lucas? Being an intolerable perfectionist is not the quality of a head coach.
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March 26, 1994
With Magic Johnson sure to give the current crop of Lakers a much-needed dose of enthusiasm, hopefully we'll finally be able to see their full talents. And now that the Magic's back, I hope the disappearing act of Danny Manning will be only a brief illusion and he'll soon reappear in L.A. wearing purple and gold. JONATHAN M. HOGAN Studio City Coach Magic Johnson? Having no coaching experience, does he consider himself another John Lucas? Being an intolerable perfectionist is not the quality of a head coach.
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May 19, 1992 | STEVE SPRINGER
It was time for Michael Cooper, one of the league's premier defenders in his playing days, to be guarded. Guarded in his comments, that is. Cooper was thrilled to hear that new Laker Coach Randy Pfund wanted him as an assistant. But before he talked to Pfund late Monday, Cooper didn't want to say too much. "If it happens, it happens," said Cooper of the offer. "I'd be lying if I said I didn't want it. You always hope for an opportunity in life.
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March 24, 1994 | HELENE ELLIOTT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Nice guy, that Randy Pfund. Magic Johnson, who has replaced Pfund as the Lakers' coach, and General Manager Jerry West agreed there's probably not a more pleasant or diligent person in basketball than Pfund. Michael Cooper, who will move from the front office to a place beside Johnson as an assistant coach, even offered Pfund sympathy on losing his job. "He's always had an obstacle in his way," Cooper said. "He never had an opportunity to work with a full ballclub."
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March 23, 1994 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The story was true, though it was premature. On April 22, 1993, word came out that Randy Pfund was on his way out as Laker coach, and that owner Jerry Buss had asked Magic Johnson to coach the team. It happened Tuesday, 11 months later, but Pfund still said he was surprised to be fired as coach of the Lakers. "As you would expect, it is difficult news," Pfund said Tuesday night. "I still lean on the side of thanking Dr. Buss and Jerry West for the opportunity they gave me.
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