March 14, 2013 |
THE LAKERS' push for the playoffs might be without Kobe Bryant for a while. The Los Angeles star severely sprained his left ankle Wednesday night after missing a game-tying shot in the closing seconds of a loss to the Atlanta Hawks. Lakers spokesman John Black said Bryant is out indefinitely, just as a team that underachieved much of the season is playing its best basketball. The 96-92 loss in Atlanta snapped a four-game winning streak and was just Los Angeles' third loss in the last 12 games.
May 21, 1997 |
Pat Croce, who never thinks small, called the Los Angeles Lakers for permission to speak to Mitch Kupchak about becoming general manager of the 76ers, and ended up trying to make overtures to Jerry West. You may be stunned to learn that West didn't say no. But his owner did. When Croce, the president of the Sixers, spoke to West about Kupchak, the general manager of the Lakers, he sensed some unhappiness on West's part. Croce said, he began to sense that West, the executive vice president who has been running the Lakers' basketball operations for 15 years, might himself be available.
March 19, 1998 |
West Virginia coach Gale Catlett was trying to be funny. Anyone who has sat through his postgame news conferences knows that humor isn't Catlett's strong suit. "I don't know Rick Majerus," Catlett said yesterday of the Utah coach he'll face tonight in an NCAA West Regional semifinal at the Pond. "I've never seen him or coached against him. I know he likes to eat and wear sweaters. I wish Rick and I could tee it off at half-court and go one-and-one to decide, because I'd whip his butt.
May 10, 1999 |
Jerry West took his familiar post in the Forum Club tunnel yesterday, and that alone was cause for a headline after a six-week, self-imposed ban on game-day appearances. But West went a step further, speaking publicly for the first time in weeks and hinting once again that retirement was on his mind. In an interview on NBC, the Lakers' top executive expressed disappointment with the team's effort for much of the season, saying, "We've been dysfunctional at times. " So knotted up over his team's play - and the signing of Dennis Rodman - West had rarely attended a game since mid-March.
May 16, 1990 |
How good has Michael Jordan been in the Sixers-Bulls playoff series? "I have not played three consecutive games, or really even four, like I've played against Philadelphia," Jordan said yesterday. "I have to say they've been my best four games. " Against the Sixers, Jordan has averaged 44.5 points per game and: Scored at least 45 in the last three games, the third longest all-time streak of consecutive 40-plus games and Jordan's best playoff scoring streak. Led the Bulls in scoring in 13 of the 16 quarters.
January 12, 1997 |
Yesterday, like they do at every practice, the Cherry Hill West girls' basketball players finished by shooting free throws. But yesterday wasn't practice, and the Lions' foul-shooting finished Eastern as well. West sank all 12 of its fourth-quarter free throws to fend off a late Vikings run and win, 47-41. "I think that is going to happen in a lot of games this season in the Olympic," Lions coach Joe O'Donnell said. "With so many evenly matched teams, it is going to come down to free-throw shooting.
April 23, 1992 |
Los Angeles Lakers general manager Jerry West denied yesterday that he had any conversations with Charles Barkley about a possible trade last January involving the Sixers' captain. "There's no truth to it at all," West said. West was responding to comments Barkley made on radio station WIP this week, when he said: "I spent the whole month of January talking to Jerry West. I had my bags packed and I was history. It was James Worthy and Elden Campbell (of the Lakers) for me. The Sixers should have made that deal.
March 14, 2013
Devin Harris scored 17 points, Ivan Johnson hit a key basket, and the shorthanded Atlanta Hawks shook off a 20-point third quarter by Kobe Bryant, snapping a three-game losing streak with a 96-92 victory over the Los Angeles Lakers on Wednesday night in Atlanta. Bryant finished with 31 points, but made just 11 of 33 shots. He drove the baseline with a chance to force overtime, but he missed a jumper with three seconds remaining. Garnett, Pierce star Kevin Garnett scored 12 points, passing Jerry West for 15th on the NBA's career scoring list, and Paul Pierce joined him among the top 20 scorers in league history with 15 points as the Boston Celtics beat the visiting Toronto Raptors, 112-88.
November 17, 2012
David West and George Hill each scored 15 points to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Dallas Mavericks, 103-83, in Indianapolis on Friday night. Roy Hibbert and Sam Young added 14 points apiece for the Pacers, who had lost two straight before beating the Mavs and their former coach, Rick Carlisle. Elsewhere: Kevin Durant and Kevin Martin each scored 27 points, and the Oklahoma City Thunder rolled to their sixth victory in seven games, 110-95, over the host New Orleans Hornets.
July 1, 1999 |
He was just one pick away from guaranteed money. But he's still got the chance of a lifetime. In last night's NBA draft, Villanova's John Celestand was taken with the first pick of the second round by the Los Angeles Lakers. A few months ago, Celestand was just hoping to be picked at all. He did better, much better. "I was getting a little stressed," Celestand said last night from his home in Piscataway, N.J. "A lot of teams said they might even take me higher. " A couple of months ago, Celestand wasn't sure he'd be drafted at all. His college career had featured some very good moments and some very bad moments.