March 9, 2002
You know, for quite some time people have been telling me that Kobe is the next Mike. Silly me, I always thought they meant Jordan, not Tyson. Todd Bennett Los Angeles If the NBA cannot control the trash talking, then the players will continue to take it into their own hands. I sat a couple of rows off the floor and had to listen to Reggie Miller's continuous foul language directed at other players. If Kobe had not hit him, I think my wife would have. Riley Perry Los Angeles Perhaps Kobe and Reggie would like to trade in their uniforms for military ones.
March 2, 2002 |
The game had ended. But the action was just beginning. As the Lakers were walking off the court after beating the Indiana Pacers, 96-84, Friday night at Staples Center, the Lakers' Kobe Bryant and the Pacers' Reggie Miller met at half court. Arms out in front, palms open, they appeared to be talking. The talking appeared to get louder. Suddenly, Bryant took a swing at Miller with his right hand. Miller grabbed Bryant in a bearhug and the two tumbled over the scorer's table.
March 19, 2001 |
Reggie Miller still has his shooting touch and was as dangerous as ever Sunday. Miller scored 24 points, including four three-pointers, and became the first NBA player to accumulate 2,000 three-pointers in leading the Indiana Pacers to a 101-95 come-from-behind victory over the Sacramento Kings at Indianapolis. "He's so unbelievable and he's so marvelous at what he does and he's been doing it for so long, you almost take it for granted," Indiana Coach Isiah Thomas said.
June 21, 2000
They might have been champions in waiting, but they could look like jesters one last time. Thereby dragging the whole show back to L.A. one more time. You know them too well by now: The Lakers pick their spots, and Conseco Fieldhouse against the Indiana Pacers in Game 5, with a chance to clinch an NBA title, was not one of them. Not even close.
June 21, 2000
This was the beginning of the end, the first part of the last round of Shaquille O'Neal's greatest, grandest journey. The Lakers took a giant step toward their first championship in a dozen seasons, lining up behind O'Neal and blasting the Indiana Pacers in Game 1 of the NBA finals at Staples Center, 104-87. Yes, maybe the big-bang conclusion was near. Possibly, three or four games away.
June 20, 2000 |
Indiana veteran Reggie Miller has a subtle message for Glen Rice. After playing against the Chicago Bulls and their triangle offense under Phil Jackson for years in the Eastern Conference, Miller has noticed the problems Rice had getting his game going within the Laker offense this season. "It's tough for a jump shooter, especially in a triangle offense," Miller said. "The triangle offense is more for slashers and people who like to take the ball to the basket.
June 18, 2000 |
The Indiana Pacers did not practice Saturday, but leave it up to shooting guard Reggie Miller to set the stage for Monday's Game 6 at Staples Center. "We absolutely, positively, have nothing to lose and everything in the world to gain," Miller said of the Pacers' attitude, despite trailing the Lakers, three games to two, in the best-of-seven series. "So we are going to play free, loose, we don't care. You know, there's no pressure on us. All the pressure is on them.
June 17, 2000 |
If anyone doubted Jalen Rose's all-around game before the NBA finals, they're believers now. Rose, who will be an unrestricted free agent this summer, continued to showcase his skills at the expense of Glen Rice and the Lakers by breaking out of one-game shooting slump with a team-high 32 points to help keep the Indiana Pacers' championship dream alive with a 120-87 victory Friday night at Conseco Fieldhouse.
June 12, 2000 |
Think of the possibilities! You know Kobe Bryant did. The locker-room door opens. A tall young man hobbles out onto the floor, the Conseco Fieldhouse roar drops to a stunned and worried hush, his teammates beam, Phil Jackson grins, the NBA finals are brought to a standstill. And Bryant, sprained ankle healed, lopes out on the court to save the day and bring the Lakers one step from a championship.