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April 6, 1999
WASHINGTON -- When Bernie Bickerstaff put the Washington Bullets in the NBA playoffs two seasons ago, he was credited with leading the team to its only postseason berth since 1988. When the now Washington Wizards failed to respond this season, Bickerstaff was the person to shoulder the blame.After what amounted to nearly two full seasons as coach, Bickerstaff was fired yesterday. He will be replaced on an interim basis by assistant coach Jim Brovelli, but general manager Wes Unseld said there's a chance the team could have a full-time coach in place by the end of the season.
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By MILTON KENT | November 23, 2003
Facing a jail sentence and alienation from one or more of your teammates can drive a player in a number of directions. In the case of Kobe Bryant, the direction has been inward. The Los Angeles Lakers guard, who is facing sexual assault charges from a June incident in a Colorado hotel, told a group of New York media before a game last week at Madison Square Garden that he has turned to faith. "When you go through something like I'm going through. ... Everybody in this room has something that they're going through," Bryant said.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | February 9, 1997
CLEVELAND -- When he heard that Bernie Bickerstaff will be named coach of the Washington Bullets, Atlanta Hawks center Dikembe Mutombo was surprised."I didn't think it was going to come to this point. I thought he had given up coaching," said Mutombo, who played for Bickerstaff with the Denver Nuggets.Bullets vice president Wes Unseld remained tight-lipped about a replacement for Jim Lynam, who was fired Wednesday. But sources close to the Bullets again said that Bickerstaff is the choice.
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By Keith Schildroth and Keith Schildroth,SPECIAL TO THE SUN | April 16, 2000
ST. LOUIS -- The BayRunners and St. Louis Swarm are teams going in different directions in the International Basketball League. St. Louis leads the Western Division, while Baltimore is bringing up the rear in the Eastern Division. Their paths continued to diverge last night as the Swarm kept the BayRunners' losing streak alive at 19 with a 108-96 win at Family Arena. The Swarm improved to 43-15; the BayRunners fell to 13-42. "This was a good example of what St. Louis is like," BayRunners coach Terry Truax said.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | February 10, 1997
CLEVELAND -- After nearly five days of discussions, the Washington Bullets have agreed to a contract with Bernie Bickerstaff, who will be introduced today as the team's new coach.Bickerstaff, who began the season as the coach of the Denver Nuggets before stepping aside to resume his duties of general manager, was the top choice of the Bullets from the time the team fired Jim Lynam on Wednesday."We've agreed to a contract, in principle," Bullets general manager Wes Unseld said last night before the start of the NBA All-Star Game.
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By JERRY BEMBRY and JERRY BEMBRY,SUN STAFF | February 11, 1997
BOWIE -- From the first day of training camp, and even through the struggles during the first half of the season, the players who make up the Washington Bullets have not been afraid to tell you how good they are -- and how good they can become. As new coach of the Bullets, all Bernie Bickerstaff wants to do is see for himself."They've all been very eloquent with their verbiage," Bickerstaff said. "What counts is when they step across the lines, are they the real deal?"And so the Bickerstaff era with the Washington Bullets began yesterday, as the former Bullets assistant was named the 14th head coach in the team's history.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | February 24, 1999
WASHINGTON -- On one side of the room, Washington Wizards forward Juwan Howard sat in silence, letting the biting words sink in. Those same words were relayed to Terry Davis on the other side of the room, whose eyes lit up in amazement.On the night when the Wizards' toughness was questioned by Bernie Bickerstaff after a 96-80 loss to the Miami Heat, the players responded sharply to their coach. And the response was not to the way the team failed in the second half, but to the way Bickerstaff ripped into them to reporters after the game in describing how he was "disappointed how we responded."
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | November 6, 1998
WASHINGTON -- Washington Wizards coach Bernie Bickerstaff was in his element, leading stretching exercises on the MCI Center's practice court. Seconds later, as Bickerstaff offered tips on the art of shooting, he was interrupted by a question from the front row."Excuse me," the questioner said after raising his hand. "Can I go to the bathroom?"It's not the type of question Bickerstaff generally hears this time of the year, normally the opening week of the NBA season. But such is the life of Bickerstaff and NBA coaches around the league, pretty much being reduced to leading kids clinics while the league's lockout cuts farther and farther into the regular season.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | February 8, 1997
CLEVELAND -- It appears that the Washington Bullets, in an effort to correct the losing ways of the present, are likely to hire a coach connected to the winning days of the past.Bernie Bickerstaff, the current president and former coach with the Denver Nuggets, is expected to be named coach of the Bullets by the time the team resumes practice on Monday, a source with the Bullets said. Bickerstaff was an assistant coach with the Bullets in 1978, when Washington, led by Wes Unseld and Elvin Hayes, won the NBA championship.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | October 2, 1997
It's been an NBA off-season that has featured major trades and several coaching changes. But when Washington's basketball team begins training camp tomorrow at Shepherd College in West Virginia, the only major difference will be the name.The team formerly known as the Bullets will suit up for 1997-98 as the Washington Wizards.In December, they will have a new place to call home when they move from USAir Arena in suburban Landover into the new MCI Center in downtown Washington.But the faces will be pretty much the same.
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By KNIGHT RIDDER/TRIBUNE | December 19, 1999
ST. PAUL, Minn. -- There was nowhere to be but under the cylinder, because quite simply, the ball didn't stand a chance of going anywhere but directly and perfectly through it. So there young J.B. Bickerstaff stood, a ballboy in Seattle Center Coliseum, the thwack of leather snapping against nylon right above his noggin, rebounding for the guy with the hayseed accent and funny-looking mustache. It was a routine. The shooter would call a name of a SuperSonic he might score against.
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April 6, 1999
WASHINGTON -- When Bernie Bickerstaff put the Washington Bullets in the NBA playoffs two seasons ago, he was credited with leading the team to its only postseason berth since 1988. When the now Washington Wizards failed to respond this season, Bickerstaff was the person to shoulder the blame.After what amounted to nearly two full seasons as coach, Bickerstaff was fired yesterday. He will be replaced on an interim basis by assistant coach Jim Brovelli, but general manager Wes Unseld said there's a chance the team could have a full-time coach in place by the end of the season.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | April 5, 1999
WASHINGTON -- It seemed as if Washington Wizards coach Bernie Bickerstaff wanted to sound off on his fading team after yesterday's loss to the Miami Heat but was reluctant to do so directly. Maybe it had something to do with the time he questioned his team's toughness -- after an earlier loss to Miami -- which almost caused a team insurrection.What Bickerstaff did say after the team's pattern of fourth-quarter meltdowns continued in yesterday's 90-79 loss to the Heat was that "something that's innate" is what's crushing his team's chances of making the playoffs.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | February 24, 1999
WASHINGTON -- On one side of the room, Washington Wizards forward Juwan Howard sat in silence, letting the biting words sink in. Those same words were relayed to Terry Davis on the other side of the room, whose eyes lit up in amazement.On the night when the Wizards' toughness was questioned by Bernie Bickerstaff after a 96-80 loss to the Miami Heat, the players responded sharply to their coach. And the response was not to the way the team failed in the second half, but to the way Bickerstaff ripped into them to reporters after the game in describing how he was "disappointed how we responded."
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | November 6, 1998
WASHINGTON -- Washington Wizards coach Bernie Bickerstaff was in his element, leading stretching exercises on the MCI Center's practice court. Seconds later, as Bickerstaff offered tips on the art of shooting, he was interrupted by a question from the front row."Excuse me," the questioner said after raising his hand. "Can I go to the bathroom?"It's not the type of question Bickerstaff generally hears this time of the year, normally the opening week of the NBA season. But such is the life of Bickerstaff and NBA coaches around the league, pretty much being reduced to leading kids clinics while the league's lockout cuts farther and farther into the regular season.
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By Christian Ewell and Christian Ewell,SUN STAFF | May 21, 1998
WASHINGTON -- Mitch Richmond was glistening yesterday.The television lights at an MCI Center news conference might have had something to do with it, reflecting off his silver jewelry, his diamond earrings and bald head.But for the veteran guard, traded last week to the Wizards along with Otis Thorpe for Chris Webber, it also may have been a glow of happiness.Richmond long had wanted out of Sacramento, where he toiled for seven seasons, with just one playoff appearance.It wasn't supposed to be this way for him. Richmond spent his first three seasons in the league with the Golden State Warriors, reaching the playoffs each year while playing alongside Chris Mullin and Tim Hardaway.
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April 16, 1998
BasketballBulls: Placed F Keith Booth (Maryland) on injured list with lower back strain.Nets: Re-signed C Jack Haley.Women's NBA: Signed F Tracy Reid, C Leslie Johnson and G Rita Williams.CollegesEast Carolina: Anne Donovan, women's basketball coach, resigned to become coach of ABL's Philadelphia Rage.New Mexico: Placed basketball C Kenny Thomas on disciplinary probation until he completes DWI program.Oregon State: Announced G John-Blair Bickerstaff, son of Wizards coach Bernie Bickerstaff, F Nick Greene and G Ronnie Walton are transferring to other schools.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | April 5, 1999
WASHINGTON -- It seemed as if Washington Wizards coach Bernie Bickerstaff wanted to sound off on his fading team after yesterday's loss to the Miami Heat but was reluctant to do so directly. Maybe it had something to do with the time he questioned his team's toughness -- after an earlier loss to Miami -- which almost caused a team insurrection.What Bickerstaff did say after the team's pattern of fourth-quarter meltdowns continued in yesterday's 90-79 loss to the Heat was that "something that's innate" is what's crushing his team's chances of making the playoffs.
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April 16, 1998
BasketballBulls: Placed F Keith Booth (Maryland) on injured list with lower back strain.Nets: Re-signed C Jack Haley.Women's NBA: Signed F Tracy Reid, C Leslie Johnson and G Rita Williams.CollegesEast Carolina: Anne Donovan, women's basketball coach, resigned to become coach of ABL's Philadelphia Rage.New Mexico: Placed basketball C Kenny Thomas on disciplinary probation until he completes DWI program.Oregon State: Announced G John-Blair Bickerstaff, son of Wizards coach Bernie Bickerstaff, F Nick Greene and G Ronnie Walton are transferring to other schools.
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By Jerry Bembry and Jerry Bembry,SUN STAFF | October 2, 1997
It's been an NBA off-season that has featured major trades and several coaching changes. But when Washington's basketball team begins training camp tomorrow at Shepherd College in West Virginia, the only major difference will be the name.The team formerly known as the Bullets will suit up for 1997-98 as the Washington Wizards.In December, they will have a new place to call home when they move from USAir Arena in suburban Landover into the new MCI Center in downtown Washington.But the faces will be pretty much the same.
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