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December 8, 2000 | MARK HEISLER
The headline I hope to see for Patrick the day he wears that ring is "FINALLY." --Then-Knick Coach Pat Riley in 1994 * Unfortunately for all concerned, that wasn't quite how it turned out.
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February 21, 2003 | Mark Heisler
Give that man a triple grande, extra-foam latte. He's going to need it. Starbucks magnate Howard Schultz, who made a fortune despite requiring customers to say "tall" when they want "small," started rebuilding his Seattle SuperSonics in a similarly curious way, shipping his franchise player, Gary Payton, to Milwaukee in the highlight of thin trading at Thursday's deadline. Going with Payton was guard Desmond Mason, a well-regarded prospect.
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September 26, 1997 | CHRIS BAKER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Disgruntled forward Shawn Kemp, who declared that he'd never play for the Seattle SuperSonics again, got his wish Thursday. Kemp was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a three-way deal with the Milwaukee Bucks that involved all-star forward Vin Baker of the Bucks and all-star guard Terrell Brandon of the Cavaliers. The SuperSonics acquired Baker, while the Bucks acquired Brandon, forward Tyrone Hill and a conditional 1998 first-round draft pick from Cleveland.
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December 8, 2000 | MARK HEISLER
The headline I hope to see for Patrick the day he wears that ring is "FINALLY." --Then-Knick Coach Pat Riley in 1994 * Unfortunately for all concerned, that wasn't quite how it turned out.
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May 12, 1998 | J.A. ADANDE
Before the Western Conference semifinals began, Seattle Coach George Karl pointed out all of the illegalities in Shaquille O'Neal's game. Now, after five games capped by a 39-point eight-rebound, seven-assist, five-blocked shot performance Sunday by O'Neal, Karl is offering only the highest praise. "I must give Shaq credit now," Karl said Monday in Seattle. "He is the most difficult guy to prepare for in the NBA. Michael Jordan was the most difficult.
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May 9, 1998 | STEVE SPRINGER
Thirty and 12. Seattle SuperSonic Coach George Karl knows Laker center Shaquille O'Neal is going to get about 30 points and 12 rebounds no matter what defenses Karl throws at him, no matter how many double- and triple-teams he piles up in the path of the 7-foot-1, 315-pounder. "It doesn't matter whether it's at home or on the road, you look at the numbers and it's constant," Karl said. "But it depends on how he gets the 30.
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May 4, 1998 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Big players, they were never much of an issue. Jump over them. Problem solved. Except that now he's being asked to guard the big players, or at least the bigger ones, having just looked up to two different Portland Trail Blazers and now facing the very real prospect of giving away four inches and 30 pounds to Detlef Schrempf. Nobody ever said anything about this at flight school. "This growth spurt better come fast," Kobe Bryant says. Really fast. Say, by tonight. "I'm 6-7," he says.
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June 13, 1993 | SCOTT HOWARD-COOPER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The city with broad shoulders welcomes the player with the weight of the Phoenix Suns on his, the point guard many are pointing fingers at for an 0-2 deficit in the NBA finals. The Suns are the first team to open the championship series with two home losses, and Kevin Johnson, a Phoenix favorite for 5 1/2 seasons, has had the burden of that failure dropped in his lap.
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January 18, 2000 | By BILL PLASCHKE
It's probably nothing. A weekday afternoon, raining outside, stuffy inside . . . the entire thing felt like a bad field trip. So what if a sold-out Superstore crowd could have sworn Monday it had seen the Seattle SuperSonics pull back the curtain on the wizard that rules the NBA? So what if everyone saw not a real wizard, but a confused man who could not play defense on a great point guard? It was surely nothing. An optical illusion.
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February 13, 1998 | MARK HEISLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Ah, harmony, it's so . . . unusual. For 10 years, the Seattle SuperSonics were the cuckoos' nest of basketball, but it's a surprising, new day in the Pacific Northwest. Gary Payton grew up. Shawn Kemp shipped out, taking that alarm clock with the loose circuit that always seemed to be letting him sleep through practice.
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August 20, 2000 | From Times Wire Services
After 15 seasons without a championship, Patrick Ewing reportedly is willing to say goodbye to the New York Knicks. Ewing, 38, is said to have given the Knicks a list of eight teams to which he will accept a trade, and a deal with the Seattle SuperSonics for Vin Baker has been discussed. The Washington Wizards were also on Ewing's list. Ewing, who plans to play three more seasons, is willing to waive a no-trade clause in his contract.
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January 18, 2000 | By BILL PLASCHKE
It's probably nothing. A weekday afternoon, raining outside, stuffy inside . . . the entire thing felt like a bad field trip. So what if a sold-out Superstore crowd could have sworn Monday it had seen the Seattle SuperSonics pull back the curtain on the wizard that rules the NBA? So what if everyone saw not a real wizard, but a confused man who could not play defense on a great point guard? It was surely nothing. An optical illusion.
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February 4, 1999 | MARK HEISLER, Times Staff Writer
The West should be best. The question is, which team will be the best in the West? The Jazz is still the Jazz, although Karl Malone seemed to go out of his gourd during the off-season, which he started by turning professional wrestler with his archenemy/new friend Dennis Rodman. This was followed by appearances as labor hawk, talk show host and aspiring Laker, although he regained his senses when Jazz owner Larry Miller told him, "How does a couple of seasons at $14 mil apiece sound, big guy?"
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May 27, 1998 | STEVE SPRINGER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It's official. Seattle SuperSonic coach George Karl was fired Tuesday. So is the Clipper news conference today? Tomorrow? Not so fast. Yes, Karl is the Clippers' top candidate to replace the fired Bill Fitch as coach. And, yes, Karl has let it be known, through intermediaries, he's interested in the job. But he's also interested in other jobs. He'd be interested if Phil Jackson were to leave the Chicago Bulls. He'd be interested if Del Harris were asked to leave the Lakers.
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May 13, 1998
What papers in the Seattle area are saying about the series: STEVE KELLY, SEATTLE TIMES Here they are again. Back in their familiar spring vacation spot. Hoop Hell. This could be the last dance for retiring Nate McMillan, embattled Coach George Karl and 14-year veteran Sam Perkins. It could be the last game inside KeyArena for a group that breathed life back in the game in this city. These Sonics got an arena built.
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May 13, 1998 | J.A. ADANDE
After the war of words involving Karl and O'Neal at the start of the series, there has been nothing but love lately. One day after Karl called O'Neal "the most difficult guy to prepare for in the NBA," O'Neal said the SuperSonics should not fire Karl. "If Seattle . . . does that, they're not a very smart organization," O'Neal said. "I have nothing but respect for him. He has a beautiful family, beautiful wife.
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May 13, 1998
What papers in the Seattle area are saying about the series: STEVE KELLY, SEATTLE TIMES Here they are again. Back in their familiar spring vacation spot. Hoop Hell. This could be the last dance for retiring Nate McMillan, embattled Coach George Karl and 14-year veteran Sam Perkins. It could be the last game inside KeyArena for a group that breathed life back in the game in this city. These Sonics got an arena built.
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May 13, 1998 | J.A. ADANDE
George Karl's 47th birthday contained the unforgettable and unprecedented, and those were both bad things. Tuesday's season-ending 110-95 defeat against the Lakers was the first time the Seattle SuperSonics have lost four consecutive games under Coach George Karl. It will be the last time they lose four in a row under him. They will never win four in a row for him again either. He won't be there in training camp, won't be there in the regular season. Happy birthday, George. And happy trails.
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May 13, 1998
8: Blocked shots by Shaquille O'Neal, a career playoff high. * 13: Three-point baskets by the Lakers (five by Rick Fox), a franchise record. * 74%: Laker's field-goal percentage in first half. * 71%: Free-throw percentage for Lakers, who finished regular season with the lowest percentage (67%) in NBA. * 30.6: O'Neal's scoring average against Seattle. He averaged 28.3 points during the regular season. * 94.4: Seattle's scoring average in series, six points below its regular-season average.
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