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By BILL ORDINE | May 30, 2008
Doug Collins is reportedly close to getting a second go-round in Chicago as coach of the Bulls, just about two decades after he was fired there after the 1988-89 season on the eve of the blossoming of a dynasty. If he is hired, it would be Collins' fourth head coaching job after a roller-coaster tour of duty in Detroit in the 1990s and an awkward stint baby-sitting Michael Jordan's Washington Wizards earlier this decade. Three decades. Three teams. Three strikes. But in the NBA, apparently you're (almost)
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February 20, 2009
1 Mr. Roboto: Sure, Kobe is known by just one name, but Chris Paul (left) has a cooler nickname, CP3, even if it does sound sort of like a robot (Hornets at Lakers, 10:30 p.m., ESPN). 2 Still perfect: No. 1 Lake Clifton tries to keep its undefeated boys basketball season going with a game at No. 11 Patterson (5:15 p.m.). 3 Old school: Illinois State vs. Niagara (7 p.m., ESPN2) must mean Doug Collins vs. Calvin Murphy. 4 Pick-'em-ups: When they run qualifying in NASCAR's truck series (4:30 p.m., Speed)
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February 20, 2009
1 Mr. Roboto: Sure, Kobe is known by just one name, but Chris Paul (left) has a cooler nickname, CP3, even if it does sound sort of like a robot (Hornets at Lakers, 10:30 p.m., ESPN). 2 Still perfect: No. 1 Lake Clifton tries to keep its undefeated boys basketball season going with a game at No. 11 Patterson (5:15 p.m.). 3 Old school: Illinois State vs. Niagara (7 p.m., ESPN2) must mean Doug Collins vs. Calvin Murphy. 4 Pick-'em-ups: When they run qualifying in NASCAR's truck series (4:30 p.m., Speed)
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By BILL ORDINE | May 30, 2008
Doug Collins is reportedly close to getting a second go-round in Chicago as coach of the Bulls, just about two decades after he was fired there after the 1988-89 season on the eve of the blossoming of a dynasty. If he is hired, it would be Collins' fourth head coaching job after a roller-coaster tour of duty in Detroit in the 1990s and an awkward stint baby-sitting Michael Jordan's Washington Wizards earlier this decade. Three decades. Three teams. Three strikes. But in the NBA, apparently you're (almost)
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | October 4, 2001
WILMINGTON, N.C. -- He has faded into the oblivion of a career as an NBA journeyman, nearly a decade removed from leading Duke to its second straight national championship and being the only college player on the original U.S. Olympic Dream Team. Christian Laettner has played for five teams and nine coaches in nine seasons as a pro, briefly finding success during a three-year run with the Atlanta Hawks before moving on again. At 32, Laettner is hoping that Michael Jordan's return to the NBA will also help resuscitate his own sagging career.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | January 11, 2003
WASHINGTON - The numbers didn't add up last night for the Washington Wizards, and, as a result, their biggest number of the season, five, as in a five-game winning streak, came to a crashing halt by a 104-99 count to the Golden State Warriors at MCI Center. The Wizards shot 50 percent from the floor, as opposed to Golden State's 44 percent, but the Warriors hurt Washington where it really counted, in the rebounding tally, 48-34. The rebounding deficit was even more pronounced on the offensive glass, where the Warriors (15-20)
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | April 6, 2002
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Doug Collins reached his breaking point with the Washington Wizards, becoming so frustrated with their passive play, particularly on the defensive end, that he cleared the bench for the fourth quarter of last night's game with the Charlotte Hornets. And the gambit almost paid off, as the Wizards nearly erased a 19-point lead before a largely indifferent Charlotte Coliseum crowd of 15,621. Ultimately, Washington could not make up for three periods of mistakes and shoddy free-throw shooting and lost, 97-91.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | October 25, 2001
WASHINGTON - He is returning to the NBA after a three-year absence. He is a hyper-competitive perfectionist who has never handled losing well and is now with a team in the midst of a nearly two-decade slump. And you thought Michael Jordan is the only one who'll have to make major adjustments coming to the Washington Wizards. The roller-coaster ride is just starting for Doug Collins, the team's new coach. Buoyed by an enthusiastic training camp in Wilmington, N.C., Collins has often been frustrated by his team's inconsistent performance in a 2-4 exhibition season that continues tonight in Toronto against the Raptors.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | February 22, 2002
WASHINGTON - Doug Collins has taken the emotional and physical temperature of his Washington Wizards and found them ailing. Some of their predicament is no doubt due to a murderous stretch of schedule out of the All-Star break, which included last night's 93-82 loss to the New Jersey Nets at MCI Center. After all, the Wizards, who have dropped five of six since the break, have faced the Pacific Division-leading Sacramento Kings, the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers and the Central Division-leading Detroit Pistons on the road, as well as taking on the Eastern Conference-leading Nets last night.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | March 19, 2002
OAKLAND, Calif. - A guy dressed in a milk carton with a poster-sized picture of Michael Jordan across the front and holding a sign saying "Got Mike?" made his way around the Arena here last night, as if to mock his absence from the Washington Wizards. And while Jordan may be back with the Wizards before they return home next week, all they really needed last night was Chris Whitney to pull out a hard-fought 99-96 win over the Golden State Warriors before the first non-sellout crowd this season.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | January 11, 2003
WASHINGTON - The numbers didn't add up last night for the Washington Wizards, and, as a result, their biggest number of the season, five, as in a five-game winning streak, came to a crashing halt by a 104-99 count to the Golden State Warriors at MCI Center. The Wizards shot 50 percent from the floor, as opposed to Golden State's 44 percent, but the Warriors hurt Washington where it really counted, in the rebounding tally, 48-34. The rebounding deficit was even more pronounced on the offensive glass, where the Warriors (15-20)
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By LAURA VECSEY | November 27, 2002
WASHINGTON - Michael Jordan doesn't need more minutes. Juan Dixon, however, does. No one is going to argue with that prescription for what ails Jordan's Wizards, not after the NCAA's all-time steals leader did everything he could last night to make Jordan eat his words - or at least some of those harsh words. Dixon's franchise-record setting six steals - all in the fourth quarter - weren't enough to give the Wizards a come-from-behind win against the Pacers, who delivered the Wizards a fourth consecutive loss.
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By Milton Kent | October 29, 2002
(Teams listed in predicted order of finish) Atlantic Division New Jersey Nets Coach: Byron Scott (78-86 in two seasons) 2001-02 season: 52-30, Atlantic Division and Eastern Conference champions. Big offseason pickups: C Dikembe Mutombo, F Rodney Rogers Key offseason losses: F Keith Van Horn, C Todd MacCulloch In a perfect world ... : Jason Kidd continues to be the best point guard in the league, Richard Jefferson and Kenyon Martin form the best young forward duo in the East and Mutombo is the missing presence in the middle that gets the Nets back to the Finals.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | April 6, 2002
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Doug Collins reached his breaking point with the Washington Wizards, becoming so frustrated with their passive play, particularly on the defensive end, that he cleared the bench for the fourth quarter of last night's game with the Charlotte Hornets. And the gambit almost paid off, as the Wizards nearly erased a 19-point lead before a largely indifferent Charlotte Coliseum crowd of 15,621. Ultimately, Washington could not make up for three periods of mistakes and shoddy free-throw shooting and lost, 97-91.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | March 19, 2002
OAKLAND, Calif. - A guy dressed in a milk carton with a poster-sized picture of Michael Jordan across the front and holding a sign saying "Got Mike?" made his way around the Arena here last night, as if to mock his absence from the Washington Wizards. And while Jordan may be back with the Wizards before they return home next week, all they really needed last night was Chris Whitney to pull out a hard-fought 99-96 win over the Golden State Warriors before the first non-sellout crowd this season.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | March 12, 2002
WASHINGTON - Doug Collins is fond of saying that you can't love something until that thing has broken your heart. By that theory, his Washington Wizards must have enormous affection for the game of basketball because it has certainly given them significant angina of late. For a fourth straight game, the Wizards took a superior opponent deep into the fourth quarter only to come away disappointed, this time to the Boston Celtics, who beat Washington, 104-99, last night at MCI Center. The loss was Washington's fourth straight and 13th setback in 16 games.
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By James Giza and James Giza,SUN STAFF | July 14, 2001
WASHINGTON - Doug Collins leaned against the gray padding that lined the walls of the MCI Center practice court yesterday. The Washington Wizards' new coach, arms akimbo, drifted slowly along the floor, pausing to give a few words of advice to top draft choice Kwame Brown and then sidling under a basket to confer with his assistants. But no matter where he moved, Collins' eyes never left the court during the team's opening practice of a three-day minicamp and his first day of hands-on work with some of his new players.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | November 28, 2001
CLEVELAND - Doug Collins often talks about how opposing teams sometimes envision themselves playing against the 1998 Chicago Bulls when they face the Washington Wizards and Michael Jordan this season. Washington's first-year coach could easily say something else: how opposing teams resemble the six-time champion Bulls when they face the Wizards. It happened again last night, in a 94-75 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers at Gund Arena. "I just think we stink," Jordan said. "We don't come in with the same focus every night.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | February 22, 2002
WASHINGTON - Doug Collins has taken the emotional and physical temperature of his Washington Wizards and found them ailing. Some of their predicament is no doubt due to a murderous stretch of schedule out of the All-Star break, which included last night's 93-82 loss to the New Jersey Nets at MCI Center. After all, the Wizards, who have dropped five of six since the break, have faced the Pacific Division-leading Sacramento Kings, the two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers and the Central Division-leading Detroit Pistons on the road, as well as taking on the Eastern Conference-leading Nets last night.
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By Milton Kent and Milton Kent,SUN STAFF | January 15, 2002
WASHINGTON - Doug Collins can't help but look at the Washington Wizards' balance sheet and be extremely grateful. After all, rare is the person who could have forecast that the Wizards, even with as luminous a presence as Michael Jordan in their lineup, would be playing this well nearly halfway through the regular season, especially with all the injuries that have beset the team. Three key members of their rotation - starters Richard Hamilton and Christian Laettner and reserve guard Courtney Alexander - have missed significant time, yet the Wizards, heading into tonight's MCI Center meeting with the San Antonio Spurs, are in third place in the Atlantic Division, three games behind second-place Boston.
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