April 18, 1996 |
Sixty-three and counting. "I know this is old hat to these guys, but this is pretty exciting stuff to me," Hersey Hawkins said. "I can't wait to get to 64. " Hawkins, an important Seattle addition in a June 27 trade with Charlotte, scored 20 points, including a three-pointer with 2:40 left, as Seattle tied a franchise record with its 63rd victory, a 96-90 defeat of visiting Portland last night. "This is the most wins I've ever had," said Hawkins, who made four of eight three-point tries.
December 29, 1994 |
Nate McMillan thinks it's "funny. " John Lucas thinks it's "unacceptable. " The concept is the compilation of an NBA plus-minus chart, one of the statistical categories maintained by Harvey Pollack, the Sixers' director of statistical information. Pollack featured the chart in the Sixers' media guide, which says McMillan, a Seattle guard, led the league last season. "I didn't know that stat was kept for the whole league, I thought only we kept it," said McMillan, who was unaware he was mentioned on the cover of the Sixers' guide.
April 11, 1994 |
The Seattle SuperSonics' franchise-record 57th victory meant something extra because it came against the team that kept them out of the NBA Finals last season. Getting a season-high 29 points from Kendall Gill, the Sonics clinched the Pacific Division title for only the second time in their history by rallying from a 17-point, fourth-quarter deficit yesterday to beat the visiting Phoenix Suns, 111-108, and win for the 11th time in 12 games. "All of it was special," Sonics guard Nate McMillan said.
June 8, 2010
Cavs going after Izzo Tom Izzo has another suitor. Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis told the Associated Press on Monday the Cleveland Cavaliers are interested in Izzo, but haven't given him the chance to replace fired coach Mike Brown. Yet. "There is not a contract offer on the table," Hollis said in a telephone interview with the AP. "Last week, there was talk that Chicago and New Jersey were interested. If I was anywhere but at Michigan State, I would be interested in Tom, too, because he's the best coach in college basketball.
November 26, 2001 |
Vin Baker returned to the lineup after missing seven games and scored 19 points last night as the Seattle SuperSonics defeated visiting Indiana, 99-88. Baker, a four-time All-Star coming off the worst season of his career, played 33 minutes and shot 8-for-15. Before the game, Sonics coach Nate McMillan said Baker's bruised left knee was 75 percent, but that the forward had talked his way back onto the court by saying he wanted to play badly. Rashard Lewis scored 24 points as Seattle's sixth man, while Gary Payton scored 20 and Brent Barry had 17 for the Sonics.
July 7, 2005 |
Nate McMillan is leaving the Seattle SuperSonics to coach the Portland Trail Blazers. Late last night, the Blazers hired McMillan, who led the SuperSonics to the Northwest Division title this past season. He will be introduced today at a news conference, the Blazers said in a statement. McMillan's contract with the Sonics expired today, and the Blazers aggressively pursued him. The terms of his contract were not immediately available. McMillan's departure comes a day after Seattle signed All-Star free agent Ray Allen to a 5-year, $85 million contract extension.
June 23, 2005 |
The Milwaukee Bucks fired head coach Terry Porter yesterday, 2 months after finishing their worst season in almost a decade. The Bucks have the first pick in Tuesday's draft, and general manager Larry Harris said the team needs to take a new direction. "Certainly for the direction of this franchise heading forward, we certainly need to make a move," Harris said. Plagued with injuries and a revolving roster, the Bucks went 30-52 this season and failed to make the playoffs in Porter's second year with the team.
March 22, 1986 |
North Carolina State beat Iowa State last night. Big men Chris Washburn and Charles Shackleford beat a bunch of little whippets. Big, slow and steady beat small and quick. Call it the Aesop Corrolary. "We were worried about their transition game all night," said Jim Valvano, the NC State coach, after the Wolfpack's 70-66 victory. Slowing down the Cyclones was his No. 1 priority. He accomplished it by pounding the ball inside to his two big guys. Washburn did his big damage early, scoring 16 of his 20 points in the first half.
December 30, 2007 |
Besides being the NBA's hottest team, the Portland Trail Blazers have added incentive when they host the 76ers (13-16) at 6 tonight at the Rose Garden. The Trail Blazers (17-12) have won 12 consecutive games, including nine at home. That would be enough incentive for any team to keep firing, but the Blazers also are attempting to avenge a 92-88 loss in Philadelphia on Nov. 16. In that game, Portland squandered a 25-point lead in the second quarter. "I was bothered by our defense, and we allowed them to drive to the basket, and we kind of panicked," Portland coach Nate McMillan said yesterday in a phone conversation.
March 25, 2007 |
Sure, people may consider Kobe Bryant's 50 or more points in four straight games a feat for the history books, but that doesn't even begin to tell the story. Ask Portland coach Nate McMillan, whose Trail Blazers were torched for 65 by Bryant, including 24 in the fourth quarter, in the first game of his incredible streak. "What can you do?" McMillan told reporters after the game. "A guy's fading away with two defenders on him, three feet behind the three-point line with a hand in his face?