May 31, 2003 |
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.
April 13, 1996 |
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.
May 4, 1996 |
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.
June 12, 1991 |
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.
July 2, 2004 |
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.
June 21, 2004 |
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.
September 4, 1996 |
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.
February 11, 1997 |
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.
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.
June 22, 2004 |
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.