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February 20, 1990 | SAM McMANIS and Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Times, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In Pat Riley's perfect basketball world, there would be no need for reserves. The Laker coach would have five players, conditioned physically and mentally, to play 48 minutes a game for 82 games, and he would be satisfied. It is not that Riley dismisses the advantages of depth displayed last season by the NBA champion Detroit Pistons. It is simply that Riley has long believed that using too many players can dilute the product, adversely affect his team's delicate balance.
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February 20, 1990 | SAM McMANIS and Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Times and Los Angeles Times, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In Pat Riley's perfect basketball world, there would be no need for reserves. The Laker coach would have five players, conditioned physically and mentally, to play 48 minutes a game for 82 games, and he would be satisfied. It is not that Riley dismisses the advantages of depth displayed last season by the NBA champion Detroit Pistons. It is simply that Riley has long believed that using too many players can dilute the product, adversely affect his team's delicate balance.
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December 1, 1987
North Carolina basketball player Steve Bucknall received a 30-day suspended sentence and teammate J.R. Reid was ordered to perform community service for their roles in a nightclub fight in Raleigh Oct. 24.
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November 1, 1989 | SAM McMANIS
The Lakers waived rookie free-agent guard Milt Newton Tuesday and put forward Orlando Woolridge on the injured list, reducing their roster to 12 players, the National Basketball Assn. limit. Woolridge has had knee surgery. Barring the addition of another big man, one of Coach Pat Riley's wishes, the Lakers will begin the season with four rookies--Vlade Divac, Mel McCants, Mike Higgins and Steve Bucknall.
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October 20, 1990 | MARK HEISLER
The Lakers will play the Milwaukee Bucks tonight at 7:30 in the second of two exhibitions at the Forum. At 4:30, the San Antonio Spurs will play the Cleveland Cavaliers. The winners will meet Sunday night, after the losers play Sunday afternoon. The Lakers are 2-1 in the exhibition season, having split with Portland and beaten Maccabi Tel Aviv. Friday, the Lakers cut swingmen Michael Young and Steve Bucknall, leaving 14 players on the roster. Free-agent guard Keith Smith is rated a longshot.
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March 6, 1990 | SAM McMANIS
Believing they needed another experienced backup center in preparation for the NBA playoffs, the Lakers on Monday signed journeyman Jawann Oldham to a 10-day contract. To make room for Oldham, a nine-season veteran coming back from reconstructive surgery on his left knee in March of 1988, the Lakers waived Steve Bucknall. The Lakers already have three centers--starter Mychal Thompson and reserves Vlade Divac and Mark McNamara.
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October 15, 1989 | Associated Press
Byron Scott scored 19 points and Magic Johnson had 18 to lead the Lakers to a 117-75 exhibition victory over the New Jersey Nets Saturday night. The Lakers (2-0) were ahead, 19-18, in the first quarter but then outscored the Nets, 24-4, to take a 43-22 lead. The game was never close again. The Lakers, who led 56-30 at halftime, shot 52.3% for the game. The Nets shot 35.2%. James Worthy and rookie Steve Bucknall each scored 13 points for the Lakers.
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October 11, 1989 | SAM McMANIS
After five days of practicing long hours in stuffy Otto Klum Gymnasium, the Lakers will open an eight-game exhibition schedule tonight at 10:30, PDT, against the Sacramento Kings at Blaisdell Center. Coach Pat Riley said forward Orlando Woolridge, whose sore right knee was drained again Monday night, will not play tonight but probably will play in Thursday night's game against the Kings here.
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