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April 24, 1996 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
They had seen this coming for two months, since the night the Rockets beat the Lakers in Houston and the two head coaches walked off the court together and talked of how, even then, it looked as if the teams would meet again in the first round of the playoffs. And of how they hoped it wouldn't happen. "No, I didn't want to play him," Del Harris, the Laker boss, said. "I really didn't." Said Rudy Tomjanovich, his counterpart: "Just because of the close relationship."
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February 14, 2005 | Melissa Healy, Times Staff Writer
Traditionally, when an executive has announced his or her resignation "for health reasons," the office betting pool has offered a straight 50-50 proposition: Either the boss has been stricken by a life-threatening disease, or the boss has gotten sacked. In early February, however, former L.A. Lakers coach Rudy Tomjanovich upset the bookmakers and gave the "health reasons" euphemism new meaning.
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February 7, 2005 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
Frank Hamblen, reluctant Laker coach, talked to Rudy Tomjanovich, former Laker coach, and tried to make one last offer that couldn't be refused. Hamblen called Tomjanovich and appealed to him Friday, two days after one of the more striking news conferences in Laker history, but Tomjanovich's answer was firm. "I thought he should come back," Hamblen said. "I still held the door open for him. His mind was already made up."
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June 3, 2004
"I got into gardening. But it's manly gardening. I don't use gloves when I garden my roses. I just garb 'em." Rudy Tomjanovich, former Houston Rocket coach
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March 6, 1997 | CHRIS BAKER
Houston Rocket Coach Rudy Tomjanovich thinks the Clippers may be the NBA's most improved team. "I think they're playing great," Tomjanovich said before the Rockets ended the Clippers' seven-game home winning streak Tuesday night at the Sports Arena, 113-109. "They're a playoff team. They've got good talent. I know Bill Fitch, and he does a good job and has them ready to play." * Forward Loy Vaught, who has averaged 21.
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March 11, 1995
Whatever you're paying Mark Heisler, it's too much. He spends every week's Sunday column either rehashing old stuff that everyone who reads the sports page already knows or else he vents his anger at players and owners. Case in point: He made a big deal about Scott Brooks and Rudy Tomjanovich not getting along until Brooks was traded. What he didn't tell us was that a day or two after the Rockets obtained Morlon Wiley for Brooks, they released Wiley. The Rockets, who are unable to use Brooks right now, traded him to a team that needed him and will use him. Far better than cutting the guy. Come on, Mark, if you don't like the game, get out of the business.
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February 19, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Don Chaney, the NBA coach of the year in 1991, was fired by the Houston Rockets on Tuesday and replaced by assistant Rudy Tomjanovich. In Chaney's first three seasons as coach, the Rockets went 45-37, 41-41 and 52-30, and were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs each season. This season, the Rockets are 26-26 and in third place in the Midwest Division, 8 1/2 games behind first-place Utah.
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March 21, 2003 | From Associated Press
Houston Rocket Coach Rudy Tomjanovich, diagnosed this week with a tumor on his bladder, won't rejoin the team until at least Monday. The team said Tuesday that Tomjanovich had a superficial bladder tumor and that he'd rejoin the team sometime during their five-game trip. On the advice of team doctor James Muntz, however, Tomjanovich will remain at his home in Houston to recuperate.
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February 9, 2003 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
It looks as if inspirational "Rudy" stories aren't limited to college football, much less schools with leprechauns and a golden dome. At Notre Dame, they can always tell the tale of Daniel "Rudy" Ruettiger whenever things get tough, but Michigan had a Rudy story of its own, for one day anyway. Rudy Tomjanovich, the Houston Rocket coach and former Michigan basketball star, had his No. 45 jersey retired Saturday during halftime of the Wolverines' game against Iowa.
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February 3, 2005 | J.A. Adande
On the day the Lakers' new ex-coach said goodbye, the Lakers' current coach heartily endorsed the return of the old ex-coach. Got that? If you need a simpler summary, call it Three Men and a Kobe. It was about Rudy Tomjanovich and Frank Hamblen and Phil Jackson. The latest variation of the triangle offense. "We call it overload," Hamblen corrected. Well, he's running things right now, so we'll use his terminology for the familiar offensive sets we've seen lately.
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February 3, 2005 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
Rudy Tomjanovich ended his tenure as the Lakers' coach Wednesday after just 43 games, resigning because of physical and emotional difficulties that he called "the wear and tear of doing this business." Tomjanovich, 56, walked away from a five-year, $30-million contract he signed last July, saying the highs and lows became more pronounced with every Laker win and loss this season. Tomjanovich will remain with the team as a consultant at a much reduced salary through the 2006-07 season.
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February 2, 2005 | Mike Bresnahan and Tim Brown, Times Staff Writers
A reeling Laker franchise may have suffered its latest blow Tuesday, when Coach Rudy Tomjanovich informed team officials he might resign because of health concerns and the pressures that accompany his position -- a move that sources said could prompt the team to ask former coach Phil Jackson to return.
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January 19, 2005 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
The Lakers are 20-16, they can't seem to win more than two consecutive games and Kobe Bryant is out until Jan. 31, in the quickest of return times. What's a coach to do? "Talking to my daughter, who's a psychiatrist -- she didn't have to go to school, just be around the NBA and me -- she's just sort of keeping me up as far as the way my career has gone," Laker Coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "I've never had a stacked deck.
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January 17, 2005 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
The Lakers rebounded well without Kobe Bryant, in more ways than one. "That's one thing people don't talk about this year," Coach Rudy Tomjanovich said. "There was a great center here before, and all that, and I think right now the Lakers are No. 1 in defensive rebounding in the whole league. You look at our personnel, and people would say [it's] probably not going to happen with this team. "[This] team's got a lot of heart. We don't always play good, but I think we play hard."
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January 7, 2005 | Ben Bolch, Times Staff Writer
Class was in session Thursday afternoon at the Lakers' HealthSouth practice center in El Segundo, with Coach Rudy Tomjanovich alternating as mentor and pupil. The Lakers appeared in need of a radical shift in philosophy after sloppy showings against the San Antonio Spurs and Dallas Mavericks on consecutive nights in Texas, and the Laker coach was open to ideas. "I told the guys I'm going to keep teaching and I'm going keep an open mind," Tomjanovich said.
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March 27, 2003 | From Associated Press
Houston Rocket Coach Rudy Tomjanovich is taking an indefinite leave to treat his bladder cancer. Tomjanovich, 54, broke the news to his players Wednesday in an emotional team meeting. The Rockets are vying for the final playoff spot in the Western Conference. "At this critical part of the season, this team, any team, needs a coach who has got to give 100% of his thoughts to helping the team," Tomjanovich said. "As much as I love this team, I know my thoughts would be on some other things."
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May 11, 1999 | MARK HEISLER
A day later, it still looked good to the Houston Rockets, but no cigar. "We played pretty damn good," Coach Rudy Tomjanovich said Monday. "We'd be sitting on top of the world right now in a great situation but we made mistakes at the end of the game. "I don't know if our offense is going to be that good [in Game 2]--52%, on the road, in a playoff game, was fantastic. Outrunning them, out-rebounding them, out-shooting them from the free-throw line, those are statistics that usually win games. . .
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November 21, 2004 | Mike Bresnahan, Times Staff Writer
A day later, Laker Coach Rudy Tomjanovich still had nothing to say. "Movin' on," he said. "[Talking] could do me no good." Tomjanovich was upset with the referees after the Lakers' 107-102 loss Friday against the Phoenix Suns, angrily declining to speak to reporters after the game. When asked about it Saturday after practice, Tomjanovich shook his head slowly for several seconds, uttering only a few non-excitable words.
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November 13, 2004 | J.A. Adande
Tonight, Rudy Tomjanovich will step into an arena where he never coached a game to face a team stocked overwhelmingly with men who never played for him. And yet ... "It's going to be tough," Tomjanovich said. "Emotional," chipped in Carroll Dawson, the Houston Rockets' general manager and Tomjanovich's longtime friend. Tonight Tomjanovich's new job as coach of the Lakers takes him back to Houston, where he lived for 33 years, back to the home of the only other employer of his adult life.
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