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By Mark Heisler | December 27, 2009
Now, for our eagerly awaited NBA Decade Awards, or at least they might be eagerly awaited if they came around more often than once in 10 years. Of course, the most glamorous award goes to the Team of the Decade, so here goes: Tie: Lakers and Spurs. History isn't remembered by decades but eras, which might not fit neatly into decades. The Lakers' 4-3 edge in titles over the Spurs this decade hardly demonstrates that they ruled, since it's 4-4 over 11 years counting the Spurs' title in 1999.
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Sports Digest | July 10, 2013
Et cetera Pikesville's Oshrine takes slim lead at Maryland Open Matt Oshrine , 17, of Pikesville and the Suburban Club shot a second-round 67 for a 36-hole total of 133 to take a one-stroke lead in the 92nd Maryland Open golf tournament at the Country Club of Maryland in Towson. Rick Schuller of Prince George, Va., was the low professional (68) with 134, where he was tied with 2010 champion Denny McCarthy (68) of Rockville and Argyle CC. First-round leader Keith Unikel of University of Maryland GC slipped back with a 71 and was at 136. With the field reduced to the low 40 and ties for today's final round, the cut fell at 144. World TeamTennis: With a 25-12 victory over the Boston Lobsters, the host Washington Kastles extended their winning streak to 34 consecutive matches, breaking the record they shared with the NBA's 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | April 21, 2000
The Los Angeles Lakers spent the past five months proving they were capable of learning Phil Jackson's triangle offense, showing that All-Stars Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant could play nicely together and demonstrating an ability to dominate for weeks on end. Having won 67 of their 82 regular-season games and the grudging respect of their critics, the Lakers are certainly the team to beat when the NBA playoffs begin today. The question is, can they be beaten? In the past 10 years, only five teams that finished the regular season with the best record went on to win the NBA title.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | April 18, 2013
Since Steve Blake went to the Los Angeles Lakers three years ago, the former Maryland point guard had rarely been much of a factor - first playing behind Derek Fisher, then Ramon Sessions and finally this season behind Steve Nash. Many Lakers fans felt as if the team had spent way too much when it signed Blake to a four-year, $16 million contract. There were times when Blake's looked like he was playing in the Bermuda Triangle rather than the Triangle offense under Phil Jackson and later Mike Brown.
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By RAY FRAGER | April 27, 2009
Jazz@Lakers 10:30 p.m. [TNT] Kobe Bryant (left) and the Los Angeles Lakers can finish off Utah in Game 5. The problem the Jazz created by winning Game 3 was sort of like what you hear about shooting a bear: Be careful, because sometimes all that does is make him mad.
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November 4, 2005
"The only thing that's getting old is people talking about [me] being old." Corey Dillon New England Patriots running back, who's 31 "He has given me a couple. To be honest with you, I haven't read any of them." Kobe Bryant Los Angeles Lakers guard, on being given books by coach Phil Jackson
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By Milton Kent | December 5, 1990
Bullets previewVS. GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS* WHEN: Tonight, 10:30.* WHERE: Oakland Coliseum Arena.* TV/RADIO: WTOP-AM 1500.* OUTLOOK: The Bullets (5-11) meet Golden State (11-6) in the second game of their 12-day road trip. Recently, the almost forgotten Mark Alarie and rookie Greg Foster have seen more playing time up front, while A.J. English is getting a look in the backcourt.Golden State continues to hold off Phoenix and the Los Angeles Lakers for second in the Pacific Division. The Warriors shoot 50 percent from the floor, which is significant given they have precious little that resembles an inside game.
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By BILL ORDINE | May 2, 2008
Denver Nuggets coach George Karl (above) made an interesting declaration yesterday. He said his team, which features Carmelo Anthony of Baltimore and Allen Iverson, would be made to toe the line next season. After his 50-win Nuggets were swept by the Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs, Karl promised he'd be tougher (yet, not too tough) on his guys going forward. And that the players would do things more his way rather than their own. Among the specifics was more "public service."
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November 8, 1996
Opponent: Charlotte HornetsSite: USAir Arena, LandoverTime: 7: 30TV/Radio: HTS/WWRC (980 AM)Outlook: The Hornets (2-1) had a surprising win Wednesday over Shaquille O'Neal and the Los Angeles Lakers. C Matt Geiger came off the bench to score 22 points -- including four three-pointers -- and grabbed 10 rebounds. G Muggsy Bogues (Dunbar) continues to be bothered by knee problems and did not play Wednesday. F Anthony Mason, acquired in the off-season from the New York Knicks, is averaging 15.7 points and 8.0 rebounds, and G Dell Curry, pressed into a starting role, is leading the team with 21.3 ppg. The Bullets (2-1)
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December 18, 1995
Bulls: Scottie Pippen scored 33 points, his highest output since Michael Jordan came out of retirement, and grabbed 13 rebounds to lead the banged up Bulls to a 108-88 win over the Los Angeles Lakers on Saturday. It was the Bulls' ninth consecutive win. . . . Jordan sprained the index finger on his right (shooting) hand in the first quarter and was 5-of-20 from the floor. . . . Dennis Rodman played with a calf injury.Grizzlies: A day after ending its 19-game losing, Vancouver was back to its old self, losing to Golden State, 116-85, on Saturday night.
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | April 16, 2013
With Alex Len's decision to leave Maryland after two years for the NBA, it's interesting to see how other former Terps fared when making similar decisions. The majority never amounted to the kind of stars they might have become had they remained in College Park. Brad Davis was the first Terp to leave early, after his junior year in 1977. A first-round draft choice of the Los Angeles Lakers (No. 15 overall), Davis took a few years to get his NBA career on track. After bouncing between the NBA and the CBA, Davis stuck with the expansion Dallas Mavericks in 1980 and 11 seasons later ended his career as the first player in franchise history to have his jersey retired.
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By Edward Lee | June 4, 2012
With the NBA conference finals raging on, it's not surprising that several Ravens players have been monitoring the 2-2 series split between the San Antonio Spurs and the Oklahoma City Thunder in the West and between the Miami Heat and the Boston Celtics in the East. Quarterback Joe Flacco said he thinks the Spurs and Heat will advance to the NBA finals. His pick to eventually win the championship? “The Spurs. They were obviously really, really hot, and they're playing a good team with [Oklahoma City forward]
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By Don Markus and The Baltimore Sun | May 13, 2012
There's not been a lot to cheer about for Maryland basketball fans the past couple of years -- most notably two seasons without a postseason invitation and Terrell Stoglin's misguided decision-making off the court that recently ended the college career of last season's top scorer in the ACC. Things are going to get better in College Park , but for those Terps fans trying to get their fix of hoops and happiness, Steve Blake is providing a...
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By Jon Meoli, The Baltimore Sun | March 6, 2011
Gary Neal's resume reads like one of a man who owes a lot to second chances. He played college basketball at two schools and bounced around Europe before catching on as a 26-year-old rookie for the San Antonio Spurs. But Neal doesn't see it that way. "I don't like to say 'second chance' because second chance means something went wrong," Neal said recently. "For a second chance, you have to be eliminated. I wasn't eliminated from anything. " He certainly came close. But now, in his first NBA season, the former Aberdeen High, Calvert Hall and Towson University star has come off the bench and helped the Spurs to the league's best record, 51-12.
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August 4, 2010
A person with knowledge of the negotiations says the Celtics are making progress on a deal that would bring Shaquille O'Neal to Boston. Earlier Tuesday, the four-time NBA champion said he will be in the league next season and would rather retire than play internationally. The 38-year-old O'Neal spent last season with the Cleveland Cavaliers. He has struggled to find a contract from a team that can guarantee him playing time, enough money and a chance for one more championship.
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By Don Markus, The Baltimore Sun | July 23, 2010
Steve Blake had been through the process several times in his seven-year NBA career: the declaration of free agency, postseason negotiations between his longtime agent and teams interested in signing the former Maryland point guard, starting over in a new city with a new team, and a new set of expectations. This time, Blake acknowledges, was different. How often does a player who has averaged less than eight points and five assists for his career get pursued by a two-time defending NBA champion and personally welcomed by the league's most accomplished star?
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By Jerry Bembry | February 5, 1999
Jerry Bembry's picksEastern ConferenceAtlantic Division 1. New York Knicks 2. Miami Heat 3. New Jersey Nets 4. Orlando Magic 5. Washington Wizards 6. Boston Celtics 7. Philadelphia 76ersCentral Division 1. Indiana Pacers 2. Atlanta Hawks 3. Milwaukee Bucks 4. Cleveland Cavaliers 5. Detroit Pistons 6. Charlotte Hornets 7. Chicago Bulls 8. Toronto RaptorsWestern ConferenceMidwest Division 1. San Antonio Spurs 2. Utah Jazz 3. Houston Rockets 4. Minnesota Timberwolves...
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By John Cherwa, Tribune Newspapers | June 7, 2010
LOS ANGELES—It's said to win any NBA Final series you have to know how to win on the road and that's exactly what the Boston Celtics did as they shocked the Los Angeles Lakers, 103-94, Sunday night to even the best-of-seven series at 1-1. Game 3 is set for Tuesday in Boston, where Games 4 and 5 will also be played in the Finals 2-3-2 format. The Celtics took final control when they took a five-point lead with just under two minutes to play on a 20-foot jumper by Rajon Rondo, his eighth point of the quarter.
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By Mark Heisler | December 27, 2009
Now, for our eagerly awaited NBA Decade Awards, or at least they might be eagerly awaited if they came around more often than once in 10 years. Of course, the most glamorous award goes to the Team of the Decade, so here goes: Tie: Lakers and Spurs. History isn't remembered by decades but eras, which might not fit neatly into decades. The Lakers' 4-3 edge in titles over the Spurs this decade hardly demonstrates that they ruled, since it's 4-4 over 11 years counting the Spurs' title in 1999.
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