June 17, 2009 |
The winner, and still . . . Actually, it's hard to say exactly what Phil Jackson is, at least between NBA championships -- as he was between 2002 and 2009, when he overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles. With the Lakers, I mean, not with The Times' T.J. Simers, although it seemed close at times this spring. Now that Jackson just made it 10 titles, passing Red Auerbach for the most in NBA history, he's clearly the best of all time . . . unless you want to lay it off on his players, as all of New England and many more people will always do. Happily, Jackson doesn't care what you or I or anyone else thinks, which is a break for him since so many think he's not just lucky, but a condescending jerk.
June 17, 2009 |
What started as a small gift from a pair of agents to their well-known client has taken off in an unexpected direction. The yellow "X" cap that Lakers Coach Phil Jackson donned a few minutes after the Lakers won the NBA championship on Sunday in Orlando, Fla., spawned a deluge of phone calls to the office of Jackson's father-and-son agent team of Todd and Brian Musburger.
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June 5, 2009 |
Jackie Robinson played four sports at what was then Pasadena Junior College on his way to breaking major league baseball's color barrier with the Brooklyn Dodgers. Fifty years later, pitcher Barry Zito spent a year at Pierce College before transferring to USC, then joined the Oakland A's, where he won the Cy Young award in 2002.
September 16, 2008 |
The public persona of Francisco Rodriguez is one of elbows and knees flying, of a herky-jerky, almost frenetic delivery from which the Angels closer launches a vast array of pitches that now includes not one, but two, changeups. On the mound, Rodriguez brims with confidence and bravado. He is a bundle of nerves and energy, of intensity and focus, that when released results in his signature celebration, several violent fist pumps toward the ground and both arms pointed to the sky in the shape of a V for victory.
August 21, 2008 |
BEIJING -- To those who know track and field, to those who have watched Usain Bolt grow up, the most significant step he made wasn't what has happened in the last three months, when the Jamaican jumped from sprinting's elite into a class of his own. The key stride came when Bolt went from child prodigy and junior level phenom to a consistently successful runner at the senior world level, where he has competed since 2004. "I knew when he was 15 years old that if he was still in athletics six years later, he would be something really, really great," said Jamaican Coach Steven Francis.
August 18, 2008 |
As Michael Phelps dived into his bid to surpass the Olympic standards set by Mark Spitz, the 58-year-old Spitz expressed bitterness he had not been invited to watch the historic swimming performance in person in Beijing, according to a French wire service. But when Spitz, in Detroit to watch one of his sons in a basketball tournament, finally faced Phelps via an NBC split screen, he was gracious and charming, expressing only praise and admiration for the 23-year-old Phelps, who was poised to win his eighth gold medal of the 2008 Games, breaking a Spitz mark that had stood for 36 years.
August 17, 2008 |
BEIJING -- Usain Bolt isn't among the many athletes who listen to music with headphones before they compete. His coach, Glen Mills, doesn't allow it, worrying it will interfere with Bolt's concentration. But that didn't stop Bolt from doing a little dancing before he stepped into the blocks Saturday night at the Olympics, before the crowd of 91,000 at the Bird's Nest went quiet for the start of the men's 100-meter final. He was moving to a music in his head that he later said was nothing specific, undoubtedly just something in the lifeblood of athletes from the Caribbean, six of whom were in the race.
August 13, 2008 |
Maybe it pains Bobby Thigpen that Francisco Rodriguez of the Angels is on pace to shatter his single-season major league saves record. Or maybe the former Chicago White Sox closer, now 45, is too busy managing the Bristol (Va.) Sox of the Appalachian League, a rookie-level affiliate of the White Sox, to squeeze in a few minutes to reminisce about his signature season. Or maybe he's just a grump.