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March 14, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
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.
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May 21, 1997 | By Bill Lyon, INQUIRER SPORTS COLUMNIST
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.
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March 19, 1998 | By Mike Jensen, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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May 10, 1999 | Los Angeles Daily News
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.
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May 16, 1990 | Daily News Wire Services
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.
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January 12, 1997 | By Michael Rosenberg, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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April 23, 1992 | by Phil Jasner, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
SPORTS
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.
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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.
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July 1, 1999 | by Dick Jerardi, Daily News Sports Writer
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.
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March 14, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
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.
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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.
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February 20, 2013 | Associated Press
Jerry Buss built a glittering life at the intersection of sports and Hollywood. After growing up in poverty in Wyoming, he earned success in academia, aerospace and real estate before discovering his favorite vocation when he bought the Los Angeles Lakers in 1979. While Mr. Buss wrote the checks and fostered partnerships with two generations of basketball greats, the Lakers won 10 NBA titles and became a glamorous worldwide brand. Lakers games became a nightly happening, often defined by just one word coined by Mr. Buss: Showtime.
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February 13, 2013 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
A RIVALRY ISN'T a rivalry when one franchise has won 16 world championships and the other hasn't even won a division championship. As far as tradition, the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers are about as far apart as two franchises can get. The only things they have in common are the city they represent and the arena they share. Through their glorious history the Lakers earned the moniker of "Showtime. " For most of their history the Clippers have been referred to as "The Paper Clips.
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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.
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February 20, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
BILL HAAS knows anything is possible from even the most dire positions. Remember, this is the guy only 5 months ago saved par with his ball partially submerged in a lake and won the FedEx Cup. Not even Haas could have imagined such a stunning conclusion yesterday at Riviera in Los Angeles. In thick rough behind the 10th green, the second hole of a three-man playoff with Phil Mickelson and Keegan Bradley, Haas smartly played away from the flag with hopes of making par and going on to the next hole.
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October 19, 2011 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West said he has battled depression since childhood, when his father would beat him, causing low self-esteem that has plagued him despite a successful career as one of the NBA's biggest influences. West said his West Virginia childhood was devoid of love and filled with anger as a result of his abusive father, who left him feeling tormented and worthless. "I would go to bed feeling like I didn't even want to live," West said in a segment that aired yesterday on HBO's "Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.
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May 1, 2002 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
After four decades with the Los Angeles Lakers as a player, coach and executive, Jerry West joined the Memphis Grizzlies yesterday as their president of basketball operations under a multiyear contract that the Associated Press reported was worth $5 million a season. West, 63, takes over the franchise with the worst winning percentage (22.9) in NBA history. West retired as Lakers general manager in August 2000. During his time with the Lakers, they won seven NBA titles, one when he was a player.
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August 8, 2000 | Daily News Wire Services
Jerry West, who couldn't even watch in June as the Los Angeles Lakers won their first championship in 12 years, retired yesterday, ending four decades with the franchise as one of the NBA's greatest players and top executives. "The average person wouldn't understand the pressure and stress that I've felt in my life," West said in an interview with Dunk.Net released shortly after he announced his retirement. "I need to get off this merry-go-round for a while," he said. "It's a sad and happy time in my life.
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