February 28, 2009
I've been a Celtics hater since the '60s when I was a fan of the Philadelphia Warriors. Here's my dream scenario involving the Celts: I see them in a deep hole. I see the cackling Bill Russell tossed in followed by that hefty sack of arrogance Tom Heinsohn to tamp them down tight. Then dirt should be shoveled over them. I don't want to see them in another Finals. I don't want to see them win another game -- ever. I hope one of Mikki Moore's snakes swallows the Big Three whole and tops that off with Marbury for dessert.
January 17, 1990
CBS, which is broadcasting the Super Bowl, asked Nike Inc. to remove rival announcers Marv Albert, Dick Enberg and Al Michaels from a commercial scheduled to run during the game, and the shoe company agreed. Tom Clarke, Nike's vice president and director of marketing, and Scott Bedbury, director of advertising, said that the shoe company would tape three more announcers and that the spot, titled "The Announcers," would be re-edited.
June 19, 2001
*--* Coach Record Pct. 1. Pat Riley-x 155-100 .608 2. Phil Jackson-x 141-50 .738 3. Red Auerbach 99-69 .589 4. K.C. Jones 81-57 .587 5. Lenny Wilkens-x 78-91 .462 6. Jerry Sloan-x 76-73 .510 7. Chuck Daly 75-51 .595 8. Billy Cunningham 66-39 .629 9. Larry Brown-x 61-63 .492 10. John Kundla 60-35 .632 11. Red Holzman 58-47 .552 12. George Karl-x 57-63 .475 13. Dick Motta 56-70 .444 14. Bill Fitch 55-54 .505 15. Don Nelson-x 54-67 .446 16. Rudy Tomjanovich-x 51-39 .567 17. Tom Heinsohn 47-33 .
May 18, 1986 |
Former Boston Celtic great John Havlicek, who has watched several of his former teammates become successful NBA coaches, said he has no desire to leave his business ventures to coach. K.C. Jones, Don Nelson, Bill Russell, Tom Sanders, Don Chaney, Dave Cowens, and Tom Heinsohn, all former teammates of Havlicek's, became NBA coaches. "I have no desire to coach," Havlicek said. "I'm more business-oriented. Coaching is something I don't want to get into."
June 13, 2009
The question is not whether Kobe can win a championship without Shaq, but whether he can win one without Derek Fisher. Rick Brown, Los Angeles :: Derek Fisher deserves his own Nike puppet. Carrie Tetzlaff, Eden Prairie, Minn. I've said it before and I'll say it again -- Derek Fisher is the Kirk Gibson of basketball. Tarik Trad, Glendale :: Move over, Big Shot Rob, and say hello to D-Swish. Jason Mathis, Camarillo I hope not lost in the fanfare Derek Fisher has received for his Game 4 heroics is that Dwight "Superman" Howard could not make a free throw.
February 15, 2013 |
The Basketball Hall of Fame's finalists for the 2013 class have strong California connections with two-thirds of Golden State's Run TMC -- Tim Hardaway and Mitch Richmond -- joining Oakland native and former Laker Gary Payton as well as former Long Beach State and Fresno State coach Jerry Tarkanian among the 12 still under consideration. The announcement of the finalists is a prelude to the NBA's All-Star Weekend in Houston. The inductees will be announced at the Final Four in April.
May 17, 1994 |
Bill Sharman with the basketball at the free-throw line was a sports work of art. Ruth with a fastball, Cobb with a base open. Dempsey with his man on the ropes. Hogan with a long par three. Jones with a short putt. Caruso with a high C. Hope in a "Road" movie. Shoemaker on the favorite. Sinatra with Gershwin. When it was Sharman at the line, the next sound you heard was swish! It was as foregone as the sun setting. Before Sharman, a perfectly acceptable free-throw percentage was .
June 4, 1999 |
Headline writers called it the Boston Marathon. Many basketball fans called it, simply, the greatest basketball game ever played. It happened 23 years ago tonight at the Boston Garden. It was Game 5 of the NBA finals, Boston vs. Phoenix, and its finish in three overtimes left players, coaches and fans so drained that Celtic Coach Tom Heinsohn nearly keeled over. The Celtics, who had blown a 16-point second-half lead, led in the second overtime, 109-106, with 10 seconds left.
July 1, 1999 |
What: "Vintage NBA" Where: ESPN Classic When: Thursdays, 5 p.m. This new one-hour weekly series, produced by NBA Entertainment, features an NBA legend each week. The series tipped off June 17 with a look at Julius Erving. Last week's show featured Walt Frazier, and the spotlight tonight is on Jerry West. But don't expect anything in-depth or hard-hitting. There is a lot of fluff and a lot of filler. Too much time is devoted to the 1972 NBA All-Star game, which was played at the Forum.