Quotes from the Lakers-Sonics game 2/21/99

Quotes from the Lakers-Sonics game 2/21/99

Post by gokam.. » Tue, 23 Feb 1999 04:00:00


ST = Seattle Times                    LAT = LA Times
AP = Associated Press                 USA = USA Today
OCR = Orange County Register
SPI = Seattle Post-Intelligencer
LADN = LA Daily News
LBPT = Long Beach Press-Telegram
---

Troubled by all of the Eddie trade rumors, West said:
"Out of all the players who have ever played here, I
don't think anyone has been subjected to the things
he's been subjected to. There has not been one team
in the league that has not called about Eddie Jones.
To say we wouldn't ever trade him would be an absolute
lie. But has he been close to being traded? Not really.
He's a wonderful kid. I like him personally a lot.
That's why I get so frustrated with the media when
things appear that have absolutely no substance at all.
When you see a great player mentioned in a trade and
you see another player, equally as great, sometimes
you have to consider things." (ST)

Wishing that Eddie would be more aggresive, West:
"Sometimes you have to go on your own. You have to
put yourself in a position where you absolutely
demand the ball. You can't put yourself in a situation
where one shot determines if you played well." (ST)

Unsurprised that the Sonics were so motivated in this
game, given their loss by 30 the previous night, Del:
"When you get beat by 30 points and you come home,
you're naturally going to be playing with a high-level
of emotion." (LAT)

About losing all 3 Sunday NBC games so far, Del said:
"We're used to the spotlight, so that's not a problem.
What I don't like is being Sunday's Washington
Generals." (OCR, ST)

About putting Harper in the starting PG role, Del said:
"I don't usually make one-day switches, unless it's for
injuries. I think that Derek Harper is playing at such
a high level, we want him in there at the beginning of
games." (LAT)

"At this particular time, I think Derek Harper is
playing at such a high level, that we want him out
there at the beginning of games. We've been struggling
a little bit in first halves. I'm hoping it will help
Derek Fisher by taking a little pressure off him as well.
That's not to insinuate the pressure has been bothering
him. It's just the thing to do." (LADN)

"In this league, nothing is permanent. On the other hand,
we're not looking at it on a two- or three-game basis
either. ... It's not that big of a change. The two Dereks
have been sharing the point guard position for 48
minutes, and they'll continue to do that." (LADN)
Note: Del told the OCR that he made the change because
the Lakers were getting out to slow starts. Of course,
they had a pretty bad start in this game also.

Unhappy with their reliance on Kobe and Shaq in the
first half, Del said:
"In the first half, I thought we were trying to do too
much on our own. All the shots were taken by Kobe or
Shaq, the ball movement just wasn't there." (LADN)

Praising Polynice, who had wanted to sign with the
Lakers this season, Del said:
"I've always liked his game. He competes and he's a
good runner." (AP)

About all of the uncalled fouls on Shaq, Del said:
"Shaq gets more (uncalled) fouls on him than anybody
in the league." (SPI)

"It looked like he got fouled (more). But I'm used to
that. Shaq gets fouled more than any player in the
league. That's the price of being the biggest,
strongest guy on the block." (OCR)
Note: SPI adds: "Harris went on to say that referees
have told him that if O'Neal were a smaller guy, he
would probably draw more fouls. But the conventional
NBA wisdom is that for opponents to have a chance
against His Largeness, they must be allowed heavier
ordnance." (SPI)

Upset with how the refs let Polynice get away with
hitting him throughout the game, Shaq said:
"He does what everyone else does: Two hands in the
back and push. They (the officials) did an awful job.
They are some cheating bastards. They make up
(expletive) rules and don't enforce them. You can
fine me, double-fine, triple-fine me. I guess I'm
going to have to start breaking people up." (SPI)

"Personally, I don't know what I have to do to get
those touch fouls. I've been getting beaten up for
seven years and it's not fair." (USA)

"I thought [the referees] did an awful job tonight. I
felt like they cheated tonight. And you can quote me
on that. And if David [Stern, the league commissioner]
and them want to fine me, try to control people with
money, they can take double and take triple, but you
can't control me with no money...I've been taking the
same abuse for seven years. So ---- them. Whatever
they want to fine me, ---- them, I don't care. Fine
me. Period. That's all I've got to say." (LAT, OCR, ST)

"I'm the only guy that they say they're going to
hack-a-Shaq, it's all in the papers, it's all on TV,
I still don't get the calls. I know what I've got to
do. I've got to start acting crazy to get some respect
in this --- league. I'm going to go crazy. I've got to
be a wild man. ... I end the lockout for David Stern
and the guys, and this is how they treat me?" (LAT, SPI,
LBPT, OCR, LADN)

"Every team plays hack-a-Shaq defense and I still don't
get the calls. I'm going to start to break people up.
Whatever it takes. I hope they (the NBA) fine me." (AP)

"I'm going to break people up." (SPI)

"They make these B.S. rules up, then they don't enforce
them." (LBPT, LADN)

"That's bull. They make the (stupid) rules, then they
don't enforce them. I guess I'm going to have to start
breaking some people up. <after being asked what that
meant, he added> Figure it out. Whatever it takes.
That's all I've got to say. Period. I'm done. I'm
already getting fined." (OCR)
Note: There were a lot of uncalled fouls on Shaq (see:
the give-and-go with Fisher, for example, or how
Polynice consistently gave him extra hits in the lane).
However, that was how the refs called the game on both
ends and the Sonics could have gotten more calls also.
The home team also generally gets more calls in games
like this.  It was highly unusual that Shaq took 14
shots in the first half and didn't shoot a single FT.

About losing all 3 NBC Sunday games, Kobe said:
"I told NBC that they've got to start scheduling us
on Saturday." (LAT)

"I told NBC, 'Schedule us on Saturday.' " (LADN)
Note: The Lakers have SIX more NBC Sunday games!

Happy when he and Eddie are on the court together, Kobe:
"When Eddie and I are on the court together, it's
scary." (ST)

About how playing with Rodman would help him learn more
about rebounding, Kobe said:
"It would help me to play with somebody as skillful as
Rodman because I want to be a better rebounder. He
wouldn't have to say anything to me. I would learn just
by watching him and playing with him." (ST)

Asked if he thought about averaging a triple double, Kobe:
"That's a great thought. That's the best question anyone's
asked in a long time." (ST)

About Del's criticism that he and Shaq took all their
shots in 1-on-1 battles in the first half, Kobe said:
"Shaq and I saw so many gaps . . . we were like***ing
our chops, not knowing which way to go. So oftentimes it
kind of got confused. That's all right, chalk it up to
experience. We won't make the same mistake again." (LADN)

About how Polynice helped Seattle, Kobe said:
"I think he's brought up the whole morale of the team." (SPI)

About Polynice's latest charge of their dissension (see
below), Kobe:
"No, we don't hate each other." (OCR)

Accepting his role as the starting PG, Harper said:
"Derek's a young player, and I think with young players
sometimes, they do try a little bit too hard. But Fish
is going to be fine. He's a solid guy, No. 1, and I
think the fact that he is will get him over this,
whatever . . . the little tough times he's going
through." (LAT)

About how the Lakers value Eddie, Harper said:
"I think the Lakers recognize what they have in Eddie
Jones." (ST)

"Eddie's able to score without a lot of plays being run
for him. That's a valuable player. A lot of players need
the ball in their hands all the time to be effective.
Eddie is not a player who forces his shot and does a lot
of ill-advised things. He plays within himself. He's one
of the few younger players who really knows the game
through and through." (ST)

About how they played awful but still had a chance to
win, Eddie:
"We played terrible but still had an opportunity to win.
We lost it in the last few minutes of the game." (USA)

"After they lost like that yesterday, you know they
wanted to come back and get a victory to show they still
have a pretty good team ... We played terribly, and we
still had a chance to win." (LAT)

About how Polynice is an upgrade from McIlvaine, Eddie:
"He's a real good piece of the puzzle for them. You talk
about the caliber of player that Jim is and the caliber
of player that Olden is, there's no comparison." (SPI)

About how Nick used to get up for Seattle games, Eddie:
"Nick had that swagger about him when he played against
Seattle." (ST)

Asked if he wanted to remain a Laker, Eddie said:
"If I was given the choice? With all the things going
on right now, I can't even answer that. I don't even
know. Sometimes it seems what they want me to do is
demand a trade. But I like to do the opposite of what
they want. I don't want to make it like I'm the bad
guy. I never want to go out as the bad guy." (ST)

"Do I feel supported? Do I feel wanted? When you see
your name in trade rumors every day, I don't think
you can feel anything. I just feel numb. I'd rather
be happy." (ST)

After saying that he wouldn't mind being traded to
C***te, Eddie said:
"I don't even care anymore." (ST)

Feeling that Eddie would be better out of LA, John Chaney:
"I feel it's the wrong place for him. He's just not a
Tinseltown kind of guy. That team wants to win, but it
is in between wanting to win and wanting to entertain.
That's just not Eddie." (ST)
Note: Chaney has Eddie's college coach at Temple.  When
Eddie was told of these comments, he said: "I listen to
Coach a lot." (ST)

About losing his starting spot, Fisher said:
"No big deal. I'm just going to do the same ...

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Quotes from the Lakers-Sonics game 2/21/99

Post by Jeremy A Siege » Tue, 23 Feb 1999 04:00:00

when is shaq going to stop talking about busting people up and finally do
it??
I love the big guy but he is all talk when it comes to acting crazy and
getting pissed on the court...
maybe thats the wakeup the lakes need....go out and beat someones ass...
If you can't beat'em beat their ass.....
so show some god damn emotion...I know I show more emotion when I watch
their games then they seem to when they are on the court...kind of sad, I
guess....
Quote:

>ST = Seattle Times                    LAT = LA Times
>AP = Associated Press                 USA = USA Today
>OCR = Orange County Register
>SPI = Seattle Post-Intelligencer
>LADN = LA Daily News
>LBPT = Long Beach Press-Telegram
>---

>Troubled by all of the Eddie trade rumors, West said:
>"Out of all the players who have ever played here, I
>don't think anyone has been subjected to the things
>he's been subjected to. There has not been one team
>in the league that has not called about Eddie Jones.
>To say we wouldn't ever trade him would be an absolute
>lie. But has he been close to being traded? Not really.
>He's a wonderful kid. I like him personally a lot.
>That's why I get so frustrated with the media when
>things appear that have absolutely no substance at all.
>When you see a great player mentioned in a trade and
>you see another player, equally as great, sometimes
>you have to consider things." (ST)

>Wishing that Eddie would be more aggresive, West:
>"Sometimes you have to go on your own. You have to
>put yourself in a position where you absolutely
>demand the ball. You can't put yourself in a situation
>where one shot determines if you played well." (ST)

>Unsurprised that the Sonics were so motivated in this
>game, given their loss by 30 the previous night, Del:
>"When you get beat by 30 points and you come home,
>you're naturally going to be playing with a high-level
>of emotion." (LAT)

>About losing all 3 Sunday NBC games so far, Del said:
>"We're used to the spotlight, so that's not a problem.
>What I don't like is being Sunday's Washington
>Generals." (OCR, ST)

>About putting Harper in the starting PG role, Del said:
>"I don't usually make one-day switches, unless it's for
>injuries. I think that Derek Harper is playing at such
>a high level, we want him in there at the beginning of
>games." (LAT)

>"At this particular time, I think Derek Harper is
>playing at such a high level, that we want him out
>there at the beginning of games. We've been struggling
>a little bit in first halves. I'm hoping it will help
>Derek Fisher by taking a little pressure off him as well.
>That's not to insinuate the pressure has been bothering
>him. It's just the thing to do." (LADN)

>"In this league, nothing is permanent. On the other hand,
>we're not looking at it on a two- or three-game basis
>either. ... It's not that big of a change. The two Dereks
>have been sharing the point guard position for 48
>minutes, and they'll continue to do that." (LADN)
>Note: Del told the OCR that he made the change because
>the Lakers were getting out to slow starts. Of course,
>they had a pretty bad start in this game also.

>Unhappy with their reliance on Kobe and Shaq in the
>first half, Del said:
>"In the first half, I thought we were trying to do too
>much on our own. All the shots were taken by Kobe or
>Shaq, the ball movement just wasn't there." (LADN)

>Praising Polynice, who had wanted to sign with the
>Lakers this season, Del said:
>"I've always liked his game. He competes and he's a
>good runner." (AP)

>About all of the uncalled fouls on Shaq, Del said:
>"Shaq gets more (uncalled) fouls on him than anybody
>in the league." (SPI)

>"It looked like he got fouled (more). But I'm used to
>that. Shaq gets fouled more than any player in the
>league. That's the price of being the biggest,
>strongest guy on the block." (OCR)
>Note: SPI adds: "Harris went on to say that referees
>have told him that if O'Neal were a smaller guy, he
>would probably draw more fouls. But the conventional
>NBA wisdom is that for opponents to have a chance
>against His Largeness, they must be allowed heavier
>ordnance." (SPI)

>Upset with how the refs let Polynice get away with
>hitting him throughout the game, Shaq said:
>"He does what everyone else does: Two hands in the
>back and push. They (the officials) did an awful job.
>They are some cheating bastards. They make up
>(expletive) rules and don't enforce them. You can
>fine me, double-fine, triple-fine me. I guess I'm
>going to have to start breaking people up." (SPI)

>"Personally, I don't know what I have to do to get
>those touch fouls. I've been getting beaten up for
>seven years and it's not fair." (USA)

>"I thought [the referees] did an awful job tonight. I
>felt like they cheated tonight. And you can quote me
>on that. And if David [Stern, the league commissioner]
>and them want to fine me, try to control people with
>money, they can take double and take triple, but you
>can't control me with no money...I've been taking the
>same abuse for seven years. So ---- them. Whatever
>they want to fine me, ---- them, I don't care. Fine
>me. Period. That's all I've got to say." (LAT, OCR, ST)

>"I'm the only guy that they say they're going to
>hack-a-Shaq, it's all in the papers, it's all on TV,
>I still don't get the calls. I know what I've got to
>do. I've got to start acting crazy to get some respect
>in this --- league. I'm going to go crazy. I've got to
>be a wild man. ... I end the lockout for David Stern
>and the guys, and this is how they treat me?" (LAT, SPI,
>LBPT, OCR, LADN)

>"Every team plays hack-a-Shaq defense and I still don't
>get the calls. I'm going to start to break people up.
>Whatever it takes. I hope they (the NBA) fine me." (AP)

>"I'm going to break people up." (SPI)

>"They make these B.S. rules up, then they don't enforce
>them." (LBPT, LADN)

>"That's bull. They make the (stupid) rules, then they
>don't enforce them. I guess I'm going to have to start
>breaking some people up. <after being asked what that
>meant, he added> Figure it out. Whatever it takes.
>That's all I've got to say. Period. I'm done. I'm
>already getting fined." (OCR)
>Note: There were a lot of uncalled fouls on Shaq (see:
>the give-and-go with Fisher, for example, or how
>Polynice consistently gave him extra hits in the lane).
>However, that was how the refs called the game on both
>ends and the Sonics could have gotten more calls also.
>The home team also generally gets more calls in games
>like this.  It was highly unusual that Shaq took 14
>shots in the first half and didn't shoot a single FT.

>About losing all 3 NBC Sunday games, Kobe said:
>"I told NBC that they've got to start scheduling us
>on Saturday." (LAT)

>"I told NBC, 'Schedule us on Saturday.' " (LADN)
>Note: The Lakers have SIX more NBC Sunday games!

>Happy when he and Eddie are on the court together, Kobe:
>"When Eddie and I are on the court together, it's
>scary." (ST)

>About how playing with Rodman would help him learn more
>about rebounding, Kobe said:
>"It would help me to play with somebody as skillful as
>Rodman because I want to be a better rebounder. He
>wouldn't have to say anything to me. I would learn just
>by watching him and playing with him." (ST)

>Asked if he thought about averaging a triple double, Kobe:
>"That's a great thought. That's the best question anyone's
>asked in a long time." (ST)

>About Del's criticism that he and Shaq took all their
>shots in 1-on-1 battles in the first half, Kobe said:
>"Shaq and I saw so many gaps . . . we were like***ing
>our chops, not knowing which way to go. So oftentimes it
>kind of got confused. That's all right, chalk it up to
>experience. We won't make the same mistake again." (LADN)

>About how Polynice helped Seattle, Kobe said:
>"I think he's brought up the whole morale of the team." (SPI)

>About Polynice's latest charge of their dissension (see
>below), Kobe:
>"No, we don't hate each other." (OCR)

>Accepting his role as the starting PG, Harper said:
>"Derek's a young player, and I think with young players
>sometimes, they do try a little bit too hard. But Fish
>is going to be fine. He's a solid guy, No. 1, and I
>think the fact that he is will get him over this,
>whatever . . . the little tough times he's going
>through." (LAT)

>About how the Lakers value Eddie, Harper said:
>"I think the Lakers recognize what they have in Eddie
>Jones." (ST)

>"Eddie's able to score without a lot of plays being run
>for him. That's a valuable player. A lot of players need
>the ball in their hands all the time to be effective.
>Eddie is not a player who forces his shot and does a lot
>of ill-advised things. He plays within himself. He's one
>of the few younger players who really knows the game
>through and through." (ST)

>About how they played awful but still had a chance to
>win, Eddie:
>"We played terrible but still had an opportunity to win.
>We lost it in the last few minutes of the game." (USA)

>"After they lost like that yesterday, you know they
>wanted to come back and get a victory to show they still
>have a pretty good team ... We played terribly, and we
>still had a chance to win." (LAT)

>About how Polynice is an upgrade from McIlvaine, Eddie:
>"He's a real good piece of the puzzle for them. You talk
>about the caliber of player that Jim is and the caliber
>of player that Olden is, there's no comparison." (SPI)

>About how Nick used to get up for Seattle games, Eddie:
>"Nick had that swagger about him when he played against
>Seattle." (ST)

>Asked if he wanted to remain a Laker, Eddie said:
>"If I was given the choice? With all the things going
>on right now, I can't even answer that. I don't even
>know. Sometimes it seems what they want me to do is
>demand a trade. But I like to do the opposite of what
>they want. I don't want to make it like I'm the bad
>guy. I never want to go out as the bad guy." (ST)

...

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Quotes from the Lakers-Sonics game 2/21/99

Post by Chris Petrohilo » Wed, 24 Feb 1999 04:00:00

Wow, I always figured Shaq for a bonehead, but it seems he's also a first
class jerk!

Fans cry that Shaq gets away with *** while Shaq and Laker fans cry that
he doesn't get the calls.

Refs can never get it totally right, and some games will be worse than
others, so when will these ***wits stop making excuses and just play the
game?

Same applies to all the jerks who cry about the treatment of Stockton,
Malone, Jordan etc.

Quote:

>Upset with how the refs let Polynice get away with
>hitting him throughout the game, Shaq said:
>"He does what everyone else does: Two hands in the
>back and push. They (the officials) did an awful job.
>They are some cheating bastards. They make up
>(expletive) rules and don't enforce them. You can
>fine me, double-fine, triple-fine me. I guess I'm
>going to have to start breaking people up." (SPI)

>"Personally, I don't know what I have to do to get
>those touch fouls. I've been getting beaten up for
>seven years and it's not fair." (USA)

>"I thought [the referees] did an awful job tonight. I
>felt like they cheated tonight. And you can quote me
>on that. And if David [Stern, the league commissioner]
>and them want to fine me, try to control people with
>money, they can take double and take triple, but you
>can't control me with no money...I've been taking the
>same abuse for seven years. So ---- them. Whatever
>they want to fine me, ---- them, I don't care. Fine
>me. Period. That's all I've got to say." (LAT, OCR, ST)

>"I'm the only guy that they say they're going to
>hack-a-Shaq, it's all in the papers, it's all on TV,
>I still don't get the calls. I know what I've got to
>do. I've got to start acting crazy to get some respect
>in this --- league. I'm going to go crazy. I've got to
>be a wild man. ... I end the lockout for David Stern
>and the guys, and this is how they treat me?" (LAT, SPI,
>LBPT, OCR, LADN)

>"Every team plays hack-a-Shaq defense and I still don't
>get the calls. I'm going to start to break people up.
>Whatever it takes. I hope they (the NBA) fine me." (AP)

>"I'm going to break people up." (SPI)

>"They make these B.S. rules up, then they don't enforce
>them." (LBPT, LADN)

>"That's bull. They make the (stupid) rules, then they
>don't enforce them. I guess I'm going to have to start
>breaking some people up. <after being asked what that
>meant, he added> Figure it out. Whatever it takes.
>That's all I've got to say. Period. I'm done. I'm
>already getting fined." (OCR)