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May 31, 2003 | Daily News Wire Services
The Los Angeles Lakers, without indicating which teams are involved, said they have denied requests from other NBA franchises to speak with general manager Mitch Kupchak. "We have been contacted by more than one NBA team seeking permission to speak to Mitch Kupchak about positions with their teams," spokesman John Black said yesterday in a news release. In another Lakers matter, Shaquille O'Neal acknowledged he "messed up" by not attending his season-ending meetings with the Lakers' staff, a snub that had angered coach Phil Jackson.
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April 13, 1996 | by Phil Jasner, Daily News Sports Writer
Orlando has given Magic vice president John Gabriel a limited window of opportunity as a candidate to become the 76ers' next general manager. But Pat Croce, the Sixers' president-to-be, is keeping his window open wider and longer. "If John has to tell them he's on our short list, then he's on our short list," Croce said. "I can't be rushed on this, because I'm not even officially the owner yet. " The Magic has said it wants Gabriel's situation resolved by the middle of next week.
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May 4, 1996 | by Phil Jasner, Daily News Sports Writer
NBC-TV analyst Matt Guokas was back in town yesterday to interview a second time as the prospective general manager of the 76ers. Draw your own conclusions, but team president Pat Croce steadfastly refused to call him a leading candidate. Croce took the same position about former Portland vice president of basketball operations Brad Greenberg, who is expected back for a second interview next week. "It's not fair to call anyone a front-runner," said Croce, who officially assumed his position April 24 after the NBA's Board of Governors approved the sale.
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June 12, 1991 | Daily News Wire Services
Magic Johnson raised eyebrows yesterday by discussing the possibility of retiring as early as the end of this season. That could come as early as tonight. Johnson's Lakers trail Chicago, 3-1, entering Game 5 of the NBA championship series. "I'll take a few weeks after this is over, and I'll sit down and decide what to do," Johnson said following the Lakers' practice at the Forum. "I might decide to leave after this season, or it might be one or two more years. I always wanted to be a businessman, although I'm set up financially so I don't have to work another day in my life.
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July 2, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
Coach K in LA? Duke's Mike Krzyzewski met with Los Angeles Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak yesterday and was in "serious discussions" with the team about its coaching vacancy. "Coach K has informed us that the Los Angeles Lakers have contacted him and entered into serious discussions to fill their vacant head coaching position," Duke athletic director Joe Alleva said. The New York Daily News reported that the Lakers have offered a 5-year, $40-million deal. Lakers spokesman John Black said the team hasn't made a decision, and was considering several other candidates to replace Phil Jackson.
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June 21, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
Before the Houston Rockets even had an arena to call home following their move from San Diego for the 1971-72 season, they had Rudy Tomjanovich, a second-year forward on his way to becoming a franchise fixture. Nearly 33 years have passed and Tomjanovich has remained with the Rockets in some capacity ever since - either as a player, scout, broadcaster, coach or consultant. That era, however, soon could be coming to an end. One day after Phil Jackson's tenure as Los Angeles Lakers coach ended, Tomjanovich said he had been contacted about becoming Jackson's successor.
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September 4, 1996 | Daily News Wire Services
His freshman year in the NBA just got a little tougher for Kobe Bryant. Bryant, who went directly from Lower Merion High School to the NBA draft and sneaker commercials, will miss part of the Los Angeles Lakers' training camp after fracturing his left wrist in a pickup game on Monday. He shoots righthanded. He will be out at least six weeks after having the injury diagnosed yesterday at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic. Bryant, who has moved to Los Angeles with his family, called Lakers officials yesterday morning to inform them of the injury and was at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic by the afternoon.
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February 11, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
The Washington Bullets addressed the future by dipping into their past yesterday, hiring former assistant Bernie Bickerstaff as their new head coach. Bickerstaff, who turns 53 today, signed a four-year contract with the team that gave him his start in the NBA. "I feel lucky to be able to come back into a situation where I'm familiar with the community, the organization and the owner," Bickerstaff said at a new conference at the team's practice facility. Bickerstaff stepped down as general manager of the Denver Nuggets to return to Washington, where he served as an assistant coach from 1973 to '85. He was on the sideline with head coach Dick Motta in 1978 when center Wes Unseld and the Bullets won their only NBA championship.
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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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June 22, 2004 | Daily News Wire Services
A blockbuster trade involving Tracy McGrady and Steve Francis dominated the NBA rumor mill yesterday while the Los Angeles Lakers waited to learn whether Shaquille O'Neal was serious about demanding a trade. What promises to be a busy week began with loads of trade talk, much of it centered around two of the league's best known superstars. The Rockets were said to be the leading candidate to acquire McGrady from Orlando, with officials from other teams saying Houston was offering a package including Francis, Cuttino Mobley, Kelvin Cato and/or Bostjan Nachbar for McGrady, Juwan Howard and Tyronn Lue. Because of league salary-cap rules, such a deal could not be finalized until July.
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August 30, 2013 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
THE LAMAR ODOM saga is getting curiouser and curiouser. Yesterday, Radar Online reported that the Los Angeles Lakers have offered the free-agent forward a roster spot if he goes to rehab for his alleged drug problem. Odom, who played for the Clippers last season, played for the Lakers from 2004-10. A source told Radar Online that Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak made the offer because "the organization and the Buss family [which owns the Lakers] are extremely concerned about" Odom.
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July 4, 2013
Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, and other representatives of the team met Tuesday for about two hours with free agent center Dwight Howard to make their pitch for keeping him in Los Angeles. Howard became one of the NBA's most coveted free agents when free agency opened Monday. The Lakers have made no secret they want to keep him. The Houston Rockets, the Dallas Mavericks, and the Atlanta Hawks also are interested. Howard's first, and perhaps only, season in Los Angeles was a disappointment, ending in a first-round playoff sweep, and he acknowledged being unhappy at times.
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February 21, 2012
All-star Deron Williams scored a season-high 38 points, outplaying Jeremy Lin and leading the New Jersey Nets to a 100-92 victory over the New York Knicks on Monday night at the Garden. Lin began his remarkable run against the Nets about two weeks ago, but Williams and the Nets were ready for him this time. Lin finished with 21 points, 9 assists, and 7 rebounds, but Williams outscored him by 36-11 through three quarters, when the Nets led by 18. Lin shot only 7 of 18. Carmelo Anthony, clearly rusty in his return from a seven-game absence with a strained right groin, shot 4 of 11 and scored 11 points.
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June 3, 2010 | By Stephen A. Smith, Inquirer Columnist
He's a 12-time all-star in the National Basketball Association. The number of times he's been a first-team, all-defensive player is eight - and counting. He won't be 32 until August. By that time, he just might have as many championship rings as Magic Johnson. And oh, by the way, he was born right here in Philadelphia. You would think with such lofty credentials there would be a statue standing somewhere, on some street corner, perhaps near City Hall, paying homage to Kobe Bryant - the greatest champion to ever come out of a place known for its associations with anything but. Except that's never been the case with Bryant, who struggles to get a decent "hello" around these parts.
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June 20, 2009 | Daily News Wire Services
Kobe Bryant said he plans to stay with the NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers even he if opts out of his contract this summer. Phil Jackson said his health will dictate whether he returns as coach. Bryant met with Jackson and general manager Mitch Kupchak for an individual exit interview yesterday. The NBA Finals MVP can terminate the last 2 years of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent on July 1. He's spent his entire 13-year career with the Lakers, winning four NBA championships.
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February 24, 2008 | By David Aldridge, Inquirer Staff Writer
No wonder the rest of the NBA seems so ticked at Memphis general manager Chris Wallace these days. When the best player in the league starts to really believe he can win a championship, it may not matter how much the West has loaded up. Yes, Dallas got Jason Kidd last week, and Phoenix got Shaquille O'Neal, and San Antonio got Kurt Thomas, and New Orleans got Bonzi Wells and Mike James. But none may have the impact of Pau Gasol's going from the Grizzlies to the Lakers. Not just because Gasol has stepped in for the injured Andrew Bynum, with seeming ease.
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November 5, 2006 | By David Aldridge, Inquirer Staff Writer
We know. The regular season is not yet a week old. But if you're a Lakers fan - we also know you're out there - the rebuilding plan general manager Mitch Kupchak insisted would take place after Shaquille O'Neal's departure may have gotten a shot of adrenaline. If second-year center Andrew Bynum continues his rapid development, the Lakers won't be in the middle of the pack of the Western Conference much longer. When Kupchak, with owner Jerry Buss' approval, traded O'Neal to Miami in the summer of 2004, the Lakers ceased to matter as a championship contender.
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March 7, 2006 | Daily News Wire Services
Shaquille O'Neal celebrated his 34th birthday with 35 points and accounted for all of Miami's eight points in overtime, leading the visiting Heat over the Charlotte Bobcats, 106-105, last night. O'Neal added 12 rebounds to lead the Heat to a season-high ninth consecutive victory. This one was done without leading scorer Dwyane Wade, who sat out with a sprained right wrist. Jason Williams (24 points) made three three-pointers in the final period, including one with 45 seconds to play to tie it at 98. Both teams missed opportunities to win it in regulation.
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June 15, 2005 | By David Aldridge INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
In the surreal world of Los Angeles, where a man can grow two inches with fake heels and a woman can grow two inches with real silicone, there shouldn't be much surprise that a head coach summarily dismissed by a team - who then torpedoed his young star player in a tell-all book - would return less than a year later to coach that player and that team. But it was nonetheless jarring to see Phil Jackson reintroduced as the Lakers' head coach yesterday, coming back to the place where he called Kobe Bryant "uncoachable," among other things, in his book.
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July 8, 2004 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
The Orlando Magic yesterday signed former St. Joseph's all-American Jameer Nelson to a three-year contract. Under the NBA's rookie pay scale, Nelson will earn $921,800, $991,000 and $1.06 million over the next three years. Nelson, a point guard who led the Hawks to a 30-2 record last season, was drafted 20th overall by Denver in last month's draft. The Nuggets immediately traded his rights to Orlando for a future first-round pick. The Magic also signed top overall pick Dwight Howard to a three-year contract.
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