April 14, 2005 |
According to Minnesota Timberwolf owner Glen Taylor, the team's acquisitions of Latrell Sprewell and Sam Cassell two summers ago were a "failed experiment." For a story published in Wednesday's editions of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Taylor said he regretted trading for Sprewell and Cassell -- despite significant contributions from the two veterans that led to a run to the Western Conference finals last season. The Timberwolves are 41-37 this season.
December 16, 2002 |
The Detroit Pistons' reserves bailed out the starters. Zeljko Rebraca scored a season-high 21 points, and Detroit got 58 points from its backups to rally from an early 15-point deficit and beat the New Jersey Nets, 101-91, Sunday at Auburn Hills, Mich. Corliss Williamson scored 17 points for Detroit in a matchup of last season's Eastern Conference division champions. The Piston starters were grateful for the performance of the reserves. "That's what our bench does for us," Ben Wallace said.
January 4, 2006 |
Although Coach Mike Dunleavy usually prefers short breaks in the schedule, he welcomed a four-day layoff this week because several key players are injured. The Clippers defeated the Portland Trail Blazers on Sunday and face the Sacramento Kings on Friday, and Dunleavy said the Clippers could benefit from the time between games.
December 6, 2004 |
The Clippers, who lost to Minnesota in overtime Saturday night after winning five in a row, will try to get another streak going tonight against the expansion Charlotte Bobcats at Staples Center. The Bobcats are coming off a 107-101 victory over the New York Knicks on Saturday night. Starting at forward for the Bobcats is former UCLA and Artesia High star Jason Kapono. He scored 10 points against the Knicks and is averaging 8.7 points. He had a career-high 25 points against Detroit on Nov. 21.
December 20, 2004 |
Clipper guard Kerry Kittles, sidelined indefinitely because of a strained back, will be evaluated today by a back specialist, the team said Sunday. Kittles, who sat out all but five of the Clippers' first 22 games because of a sore right knee, has been bothered by back pain and numbness down his legs for about a week and a half and had an MRI exam on Thursday at Minneapolis.
December 9, 2004 |
Chris Kaman's star-crossed sophomore season took another unfortunate turn when the 7-foot Clipper center underwent an emergency appendectomy early Wednesday morning at a hospital in Grand Rapids, Mich. Kaman had returned to his hometown of Wyoming, Mich., taking a red-eye out of LAX after Monday night's game against the Charlotte Bobcats, to attend a ceremony in which his uniform number was retired at Tri-Unity Christian High.
July 28, 2004 |
With the deadline for a decision on Quentin Richardson fast approaching, the Clippers continued to talk Tuesday with the New Jersey Nets about a trade that would bring Kerry Kittles to Los Angeles, NBA sources said. A 6-foot-5 guard, Kittles averaged 13.1 points, four rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.5 steals for the Nets last season.
March 27, 2006 |
Clipper forward Vin Baker got what he wanted. The four-time All-Star came off the bench early in Sunday night's 97-83 victory over the Portland Trail Blazers. Baker played 12 minutes, his longest stint in three games since he signed with the team as a free agent, and scored for the first time as a Clipper on a three-point play late in the first quarter. Coach Mike Dunleavy observed some encouraging signs from Baker, who is determined to contribute in the postseason.
March 3, 2005 |
Kenny Anderson and a handful of his new teammates lingered on the court after Wednesday's shoot-around, running through the Clipper playbook. The veteran point guard, claimed on waivers Monday from the Atlanta Hawks, is playing for his sixth team in four seasons. He was in uniform but did not play in Monday night's 87-86 loss to the Utah Jazz at Salt Lake City. "He's just going through play sets, trying to get up to speed," Coach Mike Dunleavy said.
February 20, 2004 |
Rasheed Wallace is headed to the Detroit Pistons, who gave up reserves and draft picks to land the frontcourt scorer they coveted. Wallace, 29, was moved to Detroit in a three-team deal before Thursday's trading deadline after playing only one game for the Atlanta Hawks, who acquired the temperamental player from the Portland Trail Blazers last week. The two-time All-Star has averaged 16.1 points and 6.7 rebounds during nine NBA years and 17.1 points and 6.6 rebounds this season.