December 8, 1985
Former NBA center and Coach Johnny Kerr said his biggest test as a coach came when he coached the expansion Chicago Bulls and his biggest player was 6-8 Erwin Mueller. "We had lost seven in a row, and I decided to give a psychological pep talk before a game with the Celtics," Kerr said. "I told Bob Boozer to go out and pretend he was the best scorer in basketball. I told Jerry Sloan to pretend he was the best defensive guard.
December 24, 1991 |
Two years ago, Brigham Young lost in the Holiday Bowl to Penn State, 50-39. Last year was even worse, as the Cougars were buried by Texas A&M, 65-14. So in their last chance to win a bowl with Ty Detmer at quarterback, BYU arrived Monday morning at Lindbergh Field with a mission. This year, these guys mean business. Coach LaVell Edwards brought his team to town Monday--two days earlier than normal--and had a serious practice Monday afternoon.
February 21, 1996 |
Christian Laettner, the temperamental center of the Minnesota Timberwolves, has now targeted 19-year-old rookie Kevin Garnett for one of his many complaints. "You've got to have the rookies and young kids shut up, and you've got to have the coaches and the veterans take care of the team," Laettner said after Sunday's 108-96 loss to the Washington Bullets. "We've got some big britches on this team. We've got a lot of people who know everything."
December 1, 1988
San Antonio forward David Greenwood, asked about memorable games, said in the Spurs' newsletter: "The first year I was in the league, I was with Chicago and we played Boston in the opening game. They were the defending champions. It was at Chicago and it was a sellout. "We played them to the wire and I had a great game. I had something like 20 points and 12 rebounds. Chicago had some outstanding games against Boston, and it proved to be the first of several good games I had against Boston."
December 11, 1985
Now that he has finally made it to Notre Dame, Lou Holtz should find it easier to prepare his teams for games against the Naval Academy. He said it presented a problem when he was starting out at William & Mary. "We never believed we could beat the Naval Academy," he said. "We had better athletes, but it was a mental block. Finally, we convinced our players that we could beat Navy.
July 20, 1987
It's been a season of turmoil for Darryl Strawberry, but the outfielder still has managed to hit 21 home runs and, amazingly, he leads the New York Mets in games played. By way of explanation, Ira Berkow of the New York Times recalled a bit of philosophy by Pete Rose. Said Rose: "I remember when I was being served papers for my divorce, and I went out and got 7 hits in 12 times at bat. People said, 'How can you concentrate on hitting?' I said, 'It's easier going through a divorce hitting .