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October 19, 2002
Can't the Lakers find room on the bench for the 7-foot newcomer from Africa, Soumaila Samake, not only to spell Shaq but to provide support for Samaki Walker? More important, I want to hear Paul Sunderland say, "Samake over to Samaki." Dan Anzel Los Angeles
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January 28, 2003 | Tim Brown, Times Staff Writer
Samaki Walker appreciates Phil Jackson as much as the next player, but the Laker forward can't tell the truth from the tactics anymore. So, when he read over the weekend of Jackson's sense he could no longer drive the Lakers, Walker had his doubts. "It could be another mind game," Walker said Monday. Few have the philosophical capacity or the energy to figure it out, and Walker wasn't being a wise guy. Just, you know, he's seen these things before from Jackson.
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August 10, 2002
A partial list of mourners at Chick Hearn's funeral Friday at St. Martin of Tours Church in Brentwood: Current Laker players Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, Rick Fox, Mark Madsen, Brian Shaw and Samaki Walker. Former Laker stars Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor, Michael Cooper, Keith Erickson, Tommy Hawkins, Walt Hazzard, "Hot Rod" Hundley, Magic Johnson, Mitch Kupchak, Norm Nixon, Lynn Shackleford, Jerry West, Jamaal Wilkes and James Worthy. Current and former NBA coaches Mike Dunleavy, Phil Jackson, Randy Pfund, Pat Riley, Bill Sharman and Tex Winter; and former UCLA coach John Wooden.
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January 11, 2003 | Tim Brown, Times Staff Writer
After two months of abysmal play, the Lakers have won six of eight games, and yet there is no rush to assume they have found their game. The schedule has turned kind, offering Toronto, Denver, Cleveland and, on Sunday, Miami, before a two-game trip next week to New Orleans and Houston. "I can only go by how it feels," Rick Fox said. "And it feels the way it's supposed to." If nothing else, the Lakers' last five wins have come reasonably easily, by an average of 16.8 points.
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February 19, 2002
A day after Samaki Walker hyperextended his elbow against the Portland Trail Blazers, the smile had faded from the Laker backup center's face. Initial X-rays taken Sunday afternoon had shown no serious damage, leaving Walker hopeful he would be much improved by Monday. But the elbow was swollen Monday morning, and he underwent an MRI exam Monday afternoon. "It's a game-time decision," Coach Phil Jackson said of Walker's availability for tonight.
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January 11, 2003 | Tim Brown, Times Staff Writer
After two months of abysmal play, the Lakers have won six of eight games, and yet there is no rush to assume they have found their game. The schedule has turned kind, offering Toronto, Denver, Cleveland and, on Sunday, Miami, before a two-game trip next week to New Orleans and Houston. "I can only go by how it feels," Rick Fox said. "And it feels the way it's supposed to." If nothing else, the Lakers' last five wins have come reasonably easily, by an average of 16.8 points.
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October 30, 2001 | Tim Brown
2000-01 record: 56-26, first in Pacific Division. The coach: Phil Jackson, third season. The early part of Jackson's season will be spent sorting out his options at power forward and backup center, toying with a backcourt suddenly rich in shooters, and gauging zone defenses, for and against. The Shaquille O'Neal-Kobe Bryant relationship has never been better, allowing Jackson to cope with the on-court mechanics of the Laker three-peat try.
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December 7, 2002
How nice of the Lakers to handicap themselves at power forward in order to give the other Western Conference teams a shot at the title. With the West neck deep in power-forward talent, our Lakers show up with a "Buss" load of stiffs. Samaki Walker: How many blocked dunks or dropped passes can we stomach a game? Remember that he couldn't get off the bench with San Antonio. Mark Madsen: Accept the fact he's the mascot, give him a yellow jumpsuit and have him sing and dance at halftime; do not let him on the court.
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February 20, 2002
It was the pop that scared Samaki Walker. When he yanked free from the Portland Trail Blazers' Shawn Kemp on Sunday after the two had locked arms at Portland's Rose Garden, Walker heard something pop in his elbow. So he was relieved to learn that an MRI taken Monday revealed nothing more serious than a hyperextension. Even the news that he had been put on the injured list, exchanging places with Shaquille O'Neal, didn't quiet Walker's sigh of relief.
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November 19, 2001 | Tim Brown
Phil Jackson said Sunday night he is considering a change at power forward, where he could start Slava Medvedenko or, when he comes off the injured list, Mark Madsen in the near future. While they are willing to wait for free-agent acquisition Samaki Walker to familiarize himself with the triangle offense, the Lakers have averaged less than 10 points from starting forwards Rick Fox and Walker in their first nine games.
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December 7, 2002
How nice of the Lakers to handicap themselves at power forward in order to give the other Western Conference teams a shot at the title. With the West neck deep in power-forward talent, our Lakers show up with a "Buss" load of stiffs. Samaki Walker: How many blocked dunks or dropped passes can we stomach a game? Remember that he couldn't get off the bench with San Antonio. Mark Madsen: Accept the fact he's the mascot, give him a yellow jumpsuit and have him sing and dance at halftime; do not let him on the court.
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November 30, 2002 | Tim Brown, Times Staff Writer
Two days after Kobe Bryant said he had hoped his teammates would play through their injuries as he plays through his, Samaki Walker, from the injured list, said he had been "hurt" by Bryant's presumptions. "It's painful, because that's a character shot," Walker said. "When you attack somebody's character, that's the worst thing you can do." Walker has been on the injured list since Tuesday because of a strained lower back he suffered in a game against the Milwaukee Bucks two days earlier.
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October 19, 2002
Can't the Lakers find room on the bench for the 7-foot newcomer from Africa, Soumaila Samake, not only to spell Shaq but to provide support for Samaki Walker? More important, I want to hear Paul Sunderland say, "Samake over to Samaki." Dan Anzel Los Angeles
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 10, 2002
A partial list of mourners at Chick Hearn's funeral Friday at St. Martin of Tours Church in Brentwood: Current Laker players Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, Rick Fox, Mark Madsen, Brian Shaw and Samaki Walker. Former Laker stars Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor, Michael Cooper, Keith Erickson, Tommy Hawkins, Walt Hazzard, "Hot Rod" Hundley, Magic Johnson, Mitch Kupchak, Norm Nixon, Lynn Shackleford, Jerry West, Jamaal Wilkes and James Worthy. Current and former NBA coaches Mike Dunleavy, Phil Jackson, Randy Pfund, Pat Riley, Bill Sharman and Tex Winter; and former UCLA coach John Wooden.
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June 18, 2002 | TIM BROWN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a brief meeting Monday morning in El Segundo, Laker forward Samaki Walker told General Manager Mitch Kupchak that he would return next season. In what will be a weak off-season for free-agent power forwards, Walker's decision to exercise his option--at $1.54 million--saves the Lakers from the possibilities of having to start the fragile Robert Horry or one of their developing forwards, Mark Madsen and Slava Medvedenko. Walker, 26, averaged 6.7 points and seven rebounds in 24 minutes.
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May 16, 2002 | J.A. Adande
Most players talk about getting a split when they open a playoff series with two games on the road. Not the Lakers. They're thinking two. "I think if we go up there early enough and handle our business and if we win two games up there, this team has been known to fold," Samaki Walker said of the Sacramento Kings. "I watched them on TV last year, and I basically watched them give up after getting down 0-2.
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February 18, 2002
Samaki Walker had a smile on his face as he headed out of the Laker locker room at the Rose Garden on Sunday clutching a large envelope. In it were X-rays showing that the injury that had forced the Laker center out of Sunday's 111-105 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers in the fourth quarter was nothing more serious than a hyperextended elbow. Walker, who has never had that injury even though it is common to the sport, will get an MRI exam today as a precautionary measure.
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December 13, 2001 | Tim Brown
Deandre Hillman, 17, died in August of cardiac arrest. He died on an outdoor basketball court in Columbus, Ohio, two games into a hot night, while friends poured water over him. He was 6-foot-5, a varsity player at nearby Whitehall-Yearling High, with a chance to be very good. There was something else about Deandre Hillman. "He looked just like me," Laker forward Samaki Walker said Wednesday afternoon. Hillman was Walker's nephew, his brother's oldest child.
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May 5, 2002 | Tim Brown
Samaki Walker practiced Saturday afternoon without a brace on his bruised left knee and shot effortless three-pointers, which would be wonderful for the Lakers if Tim Duncan weren't coming and Walker were a guard. Laker Coach Phil Jackson said he believed Walker would be available for his 15- to 20-minute assignment against Duncan, and that Walker's knee would be sound enough to fend off the leaning, spinning, drop-stepping Duncan, or at least try.
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April 21, 2002 | Bill Plaschke
A knick-knack in a row of porcelain, the Laker starting power forward has recently been known less for his ability than his eccentricities. A.C. Green wore a bear on his head. Horace Grant wore the gaudiest set of eyewear this side of Elton John. Which brings us to Samaki Walker, about whom little is known other than, his face is on intimate terms with Kobe Bryant's fist. "It's Los Angeles, man," Walker said with a laugh when reminded of the publicity surrounding their bumpy midseason bus ride.
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