Quotes from the Lakers-Sonics game 1/8/99

Quotes from the Lakers-Sonics game 1/8/99

Post by Garret Okamo » Mon, 10 Jan 2000 04:00:00


TNT = Tacoma News Tribune       LAT = LA Times
OCR = Orange County Register    USA = USA Today
AP  = Associated Press          DB  = Daily Breeze
ST  = Seattle Times
RPE = Riverside Press-Enterprise
LADN = LA Daily News
LBPT = Long Beach Press-Telegram
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Regular readers of the quote post know that I don't
normally provide URLs in the quote post.  However,
there is an *excellent* story today on the Lakers
33-game win streak from the 71-72 season.  The
quotes are below (of course), and the article is at:
http://SportToday.org/

I'm still fairly surprised that the Lakers won this
game to up their streak to 14 in a row.  Trailing
by 19 points in the 3rd quarter (68-49 and 70-51), on
the road to a playoff team, their 4th game in 5 nights
...they ended up breaking the game open and going up
by 21 (104-83) with four minutes left in the game.
The Lakers didn't arrive in Seattle until 3am Saturday.

The Lakers had runs of 21-2 (Rice had the first 13
points in the run), 10-0, and 15-2 (Rice had 6 in
the run) to break the game open.  They won the 3rd
quarter 34-12.  Rice sat out the last 3-4 minutes
of the 3rd quarter but still outscored the Sonics
15-12 in the quarter.

Put another way, the Lakers were down 68-49 early
in the 3rd quarter...and outscored the Sonics
34-10 the rest of the quarter.  They then outscored
the Sonics 21-5 to start the 4th quarter.  That is
a run on 55-15!  A 40 point differential in about
1.7 quarters!

The Sonics scored 35 points in the 2nd quarter.
They scored 34 points in the 2nd half.  Until Payton
made a layup with 44 seconds left, Baker was the
*only* Sonic to score in the 3rd quarter (10 points).

Against C***te, the Lakers used a 20-1 run in
the 4th quarter.  This time, they began their move
in the 3rd quarter...

Interesting example of the Sonics celebrating at the
end of the first half: "On Seattle's final shot of
the second half, Ruben Patterson threw down a tomahawk
dunk then unleashed a primal scream while flexing
under the basket. Meanwhile, Patterson's man - Rice -
pushed the ball down the court. Despite being hounded
by Payton and Vin Baker, Rice swished a buzzer-beating
jumper to cut Seattle's lead to 66-49. With a smirk on
his face, Payton looked at Rice in disbelief as the
Laker players headed into the locker room." (ST)
Note: The article meant to say that it was the Sonics'
final shot of the first half.

LAT reports an interesting 4th quarter anecdote:
"Fisher even checked with press row, to jokingly see if
anybody had already written their end-of-streak stories." (LAT)

For those that complain about the Lakers schedule,
their btb wins over C***te and Seattle were over
teams over .500.  Starting with the Seattle game,
the Lakers will play 14 of 21 games on the road. 15
of the 21 games will be vs teams with winning records.

The Nets beat Miami.  Dallas beat Atlanta.  The Bulls
blew out the Celts.  The Clips beat Indiana.  Wow.

LBPT/LADN reports: "The Knicks continue to fruitlessly
offer Kurt Thomas and Charlie Ward for Glen Rice." (LBPT, LADN)
The Wizards are trying to trade Ike Austin and the
Lakers are reportedly interested.  If they can get
Austin for draft picks and minor players (Lue, Knight,
etc.), they might do the trade.

Note in TSN: "Two opposing coaches, Brian Hill of
Vancouver and the Clippers' Chris Ford, say the triangle
has made it harder to double-team O'Neal, which is one
reason he's having such a standout season.  Against
normal, static NBA offenses, where everybody on both
sides knows where everybody else is going to be, it's
easy to designate which defender will come down and
double.  In the triangle, however, the other four Lakers
could wind up anywhere on the floor, forcing the defen-
ders to make a decision about who doubles, and the com-
municate that decision to each other, hopefully before
two of them try to double." (TSN)
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About their poor first half, Jackson said:
"(We) were embarrassed in the first half and confused.
That's an irritant when it happens to a team.  We got
in the locker room and regrouped and thought about what
we had done.  They just ran the ball up our faces in
the first half." (USA)

About how they adjusted their defense at halftime, Phil:
"We made some defensive adjustments and made it more
difficult for them and they ran dry." (AP)

"They were embarrassed that first half, and confused.
And they went into the locker room and regrouped and
thought about what we'd done, we'd just given so much
penetration, they just ran the ball right up our faces
basically, the first half." (LAT)

About what he told his players at halftime, Jackson:
"I told them, 'You know, it's not going to be made up
in five minutes, not going to be made up in two minutes
. . . ' I didn't think they'd be able to make it up as
quickly as they did." (LAT)

"There were just two halves in this ballgame and that's
basically what it was about. We came into locker room
and said, 'Thank God there are two halves to a game and
we can make some adjustments and come back out and play
some defense.' And we were able to do it." (RPE, OCR,
USA, ST)

"I don't know what to say about that game. It's just two
halves in a ballgame.... We came in the locker room (at
halftime) and said, thank god there are two halves to a
game and we can make some adjustments and come back out
and play some defense." (LBPT, LADN)

Surprised that they came back so quickly, Jackson said:
"Yeah, it was amazing." (LAT, OCR)

"I didn't think they would come back so fast. It was an
outstanding quarter." (AP)

"You don't expect a team to come back that quickly. I
told them that it's not going to be made up in five
minutes.  You've got to take your time.  I didn't think
they'd be able to make it as quickly as they did. That
was an outstanding quarter." (USA)

When reporters asked him before the game about being on
pace to get about 70 wins this season, Jackson chuckled:
"No, no. We've got a hard January ahead of us. We'd like
to play 75% ball, play good at home and be above .500 on
the road. That's 75% basketball and that's good enough
usually to win a division." (LAT)

Not pleased with their play since their New Years break,
Jackson said before the game:
"We weren't playing very well, we weren't shooting very
well, we didn't have a lot of flow. I thought we didn't
play mindful basketball, a lot of it was like mindless
basketball. . . .We just have to tighten up a little
bit." (LAT)

About how he told Fisher to keep shooting before the
C***te game despite Fisher's slump, Jackson said:
"He was a little concerned that maybe he was shooting the
ball too much and maybe he was too aggressive. And I told
him to stay after it, because you're going to have to
break out of the slump eventually." (OCR)

Pleased with how Shaq remained a factor in the Hornets
game despite all of the double- and triple-teams, Phil:
"I kind of wondered about how we were going to get him
going again and about how those games went sometimes when
he could disappear in a critical game. And he came right
back and got himself back on track and helped us get back
into the ballgame; and those are the things I've been
looking for from him as a leader." (LAT)

"Shaq didn't have things going well for him, and I kind of
wondered how we were going to get him going again and how
those games went when he could disappear in a critical game.
And he came right back and got himself back on track and
helped us get back in the ballgame. And those are the
things I've been looking for from him as a leader." (OCR)

About having to sit out due to foul trouble, Shaq said:
"It's good for the guys to play without me sometimes.
And they responded well." (OCR)

"I think it's good for the guys to play without me
sometimes. They responded well." (LBPT, LADN)
Note: Amazingly, the Lakers outscored the Sonics 14-4
while Shaq was on the bench. (OCR)

About Patterson's 19 1st-half points, Shaq said:
"Ruben was having a field day in the first half and
playing like an All-Star. We decided to start reboun-
ding and taking better shots in the second half." (AP,
LAT, USA)
Note: Patterson had just 2pts/1reb in the 2nd half.

About how Rice started their comeback, Shaq said:
"Glen came out of nowhere and started hitting shots.
Glen woke up, then I got couple." (LAT)

About how they gained confidence from their C***te
win which helped them vs Seattle, Kobe said:
"It's big for us. It's a confidence-booster. You get in
situations like this again, you have confidence that you
can come back and win. The game (Friday) night, even
though it was a tough game for us, that gave us a lot of
confidence coming into this evening, because we were
playing bad, but we weren't playing worse than we were
last night." (LBPT, LADN)
Note: The Lakers' comeback vs C***te (to win after
being down 13 points in the game) had been the Lakers'
biggest comeback win of the season...but less than 24
hours later the Lakers had an even bigger comeback.

Referring to their previous comeback wins, Kobe said:
"We've done this before. We have guys like (Ron) Harper
who has done it before obviously in Chicago. We have an
experienced team. Shaq, myself and (Derek) Fisher,
we've done it before." (RPE)

About Patterson the "Kobe Stopper", Kobe said:
"The only thing that upset me, was that some people
believed it." (TNT)

"He knows he can't stop me. We've been down 20 at half
before. We just made some technical adjustments at
halftime." (AP)

About his practice days with Patterson, Kobe said:
"We used to trash talk to him and tell him he is
nothing." (TNT)

Asked what he thought when the Lakers were down 19 in
the 3rd quarter and Shaq had his 4th foul, Rice said:
"It's going to be a long night." (OCR)

"At first, we were thinking it was going to be a long
night. We didn't buckle down and pick up the defense or
get into the offense.  We were gonna mess around and
get embarrassed." ...

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Quotes from the Lakers-Sonics game 1/8/99

Post by Viker » Tue, 11 Jan 2000 04:00:00

Quote:
>(Garret Okamoto)
>Interesting example of the Sonics celebrating at the
>end of the first half: "On Seattle's final shot of
>the second half, Ruben Patterson threw down a tomahawk
>dunk then unleashed a primal scream while flexing
>under the basket. Meanwhile, Patterson's man - Rice -
>pushed the ball down the court. Despite being hounded
>by Payton and Vin Baker, Rice swished a buzzer-beating
>jumper to cut Seattle's lead to 66-49. With a smirk on
>his face, Payton looked at Rice in disbelief as the
>Laker players headed into the locker room." (ST)
>Note: The article meant to say that it was the Sonics'
>final shot of the first half.

Anyone watching the game could tell the soniks would lose, after that "high
schoolish" celebration.  A 17 point lead at halftime in the NBA is practically
nothing.  Two three-pointers and it's cut to 11, with tons of time
left......................

Quote:
>LBPT/LADN reports: "The Knicks continue to fruitlessly
>offer Kurt Thomas and Charlie Ward for Glen Rice." (LBPT, LADN)

The chances of Charlie Ward playing for the Lakers is the same chances BJ
Armstrong had last season:   ZERO.......................

Quote:
>The Wizards are trying to trade Ike Austin and the
>Lakers are reportedly interested.  If they can get
>Austin for draft picks and minor players (Lue, Knight,
>etc.), they might do the trade.

I guess I'd take fatman for Knight and Lue, but nothing more..................

Quote:
>About Patterson's 19 1st-half points, Shaq said:
>"Ruben was having a field day in the first half and
>playing like an All-Star. We decided to start reboun-
>ding and taking better shots in the second half." (AP,
>LAT, USA)
>Note: Patterson had just 2pts/1reb in the 2nd half.

The "Kobe-Stopper" strikes again....... or strikes out...............

Quote:
>About how each team won one half, Emanual Davis said:
>"It was like we took turns.  We took the first half and
>then they took the second half. But they made a bigger
>run. When they made theirs in the second half, we went
>in droughts where we didn't score at all, 12-0 runs and
>stuff like that." (USA)

If it weren't for this lucky freak the soniks would have never been in the
game...............

Quote:
>Amazing note about the Clippers: "The franchise has
>re-signed only two players to long-term contracts,
>Loy Vaught (since departed too) and Eric Piatkowski." (LAT)
>"In the fall of 1993, Sterling vetoed General Manager
>Elgin Baylor's Manning-for-Glen Rice deal. Finally at
>midseason, Sterling let Baylor put Manning back on the
>market. They wound up trading him to Atlanta for Dom-
>inique Wilkins--another free agent. Then, after the
>season, they decided they didn't like Wilkins' price,
>either, and let him go too. Nor was that an isolated
>phenomenon. In 1995, seeking to rebuild in a hurry,
>they traded Antonio McDyess, the second pick in the
>draft, to Denver for Brian Williams, Brent Barry and
>Rodney Rogers--all of whom fled as soon as they could.
>The Clippers now have a promising young team, headed
>by a hot rookie, Lamar Odom. However, two young starters,
>Mo Taylor and Derek Anderson, who actually wanted to
>re-sign, weren't offered new contracts and Taylor has
>vowed to leave." (LAT)

Clipper suck, have always sucked, will always suck......................

#44  VIKER