Laker Quotes 10/5/00 Volume 1 Issue 140

Laker Quotes 10/5/00 Volume 1 Issue 140

Post by Garret Okamo » Fri, 06 Oct 2000 04:00:00


About the talk in LA calling the Blazers the favorites,
Dunleavy said:
"I thought we might have been the favorites up until the
Lakers got Horace Grant. I think they moved themselves
right back into position. Horace is a great find, because
he's so familiar with the triangle offense." (PO)
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I thank Tithonus for pointing out the Gaston Gazette article.
I thank Laurel for the Portland Oregonian quotes.  Since
the Lakers and Blazers look to be major competition for
each other again this season, I'm guessing that I will be
thanking Laurel a lot this year again.

Today the LADN reporter was printed in the LADN and
not in the LBPT. Both papers used to print the same
article (with each editors cutting out some of the
text/quotes depending on how they saw fit), but they
now seem to be alternating days for some reason.
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About their practice yesterday, Jackson said:
"It was a first crack at defense. We spent time with
orientation offensively yesterday. Today was the first
time we had to competitively play offense and defense." (RPE)
Note: Shaq, Kobe, Fox, and Horace played on the same
team in their scrimmage yesterday. Kobe and Rider were
matched up against each other in the scrimmage. I don't
understand why LAT/OCR/LADN/DB/etc. didn't report on
what  the Lakers did during their practice...

About newly signed Shawn Respert, Jackson said:
"Shawn brings us a legitimate three-point shooter who's
got some qualities, being in the NBA for two years. He
has neither a point guard or second guard (attitude) ...
and that bodes well for our kind of system, where players
can play either position. . . . He's had some chances in
the NBA at a couple of different places, and this is a
spot we thought he might have a chance to shine." (RPE)

About how Respert might not have a  great chance to
make their team, Jackson said:
"The (roster) numbers don't look good for him, to be
honest, but there's no way we can say yea or nay on
something like that because you just have so many
injuries in a training season that you have to be
prepared." (LADN, LAT)
Note: Respert is listed at 6'2" and averaged 18.5ppg
for Kobe's Olimpia Milano team last year. Respert thinks
that either Kobe or Magic (Magic and Respert attended
Michigan State) recommended him to Kupchak. OCR reported
that Kobe said that Lakers didn't ask him for a reference.
AP says that Respert averaged 18.3ppg, LAT says 18.5ppg.

About how Kobe is needed more at the G position now so
he won't be able to be used on the wing yet, Jackson:
"Not yet. With Harper limited in the amount of time he
can play right now--we're going to need Kobe in the
exhibition season at least to play that guard position." (LAT)

"With Harper limited in the amount of time he can play
right now, and with Brian Shaw not in camp and Derek
Fisher out, we're gonna need Kobe in the exhibition
season, at least, probably to play that guard position
for us." (LADN, OCR)
Note: It looks like LAT cut out the middle of the quote.

About how Kobe could be changed permanently to the
wing position sometime early in the season, Jackson:
"I hope so. That's my wish." (LAT, LADN, OCR)
Note: "The jump shot Bryant worked on during the off-
season will be of great use to the Lakers once Bryant
does move to the wing. The perimeter stroke was already
on display after practice Wednesday when Bryant engaged
rookie power forward Mark Madsen in a game of one-on-one.
Not surprisingly, Bryant won - adding the color commentary
of "first-team All-Defense!" when he stole the ball." (OCR)

About Rider, Tex Winter said:
"We all know Rider has tremendous individual skills,
individual talents. I think it's up to Rider." (OCR)
Note: Rider said that Winter sent him "a 100-page
manifesto" to introduce him to the triangle offense. (OCR)

About how they have always wanted to use Kobe at the
wing (MJ) position in the triangle offense, Tex said:
"We've always aspired to that. We feel like Kobe would
probably be more effective for us at the 'three' posi-
tion. As a player, he might be more effective, but on
the other hand, if we need him at the 'two,' which we
certainly did last year, then that's what he has got
to do." (OCR)

Wanting to play on the wing in the triangle offense, Kobe:
"The key to playing on the backside of an offense is you
get to attack in a stealth-like manner. Last year I was
always in front of the defense, attacking head-on. Playing
on the wing I'm able to attack them from behind, kind of
roam around behind their sights. That's one of the main
reasons they brought J.R. [Rider] in here, to give me the
freedom to roam to the wing. I'll definitely play a lot
more [small forward] than I did last year." (LAT, OCR)

"The key to playing on the backside of the offense is you
get to attack in a stealth-like manner really. Last year,
I was always in front of the defense, attacking them head
on. By playing on the wing, I'm able to attack them from
behind, kind of roam around behind their sight." (LADN,
OCR, RPE)

Asked if he'll get to play on the wing more this year, Kobe:
"I think so. That's one of the main reasons why they
brought J.R. (Rider) in here, to give me some freedom
to roam to the wing." (LADN)
Note: The wing spot in the offense was where MJ played
in Chicago.

About being matched up with Rider yesterday, Kobe:
"We've battled in the past in Portland. To be able to
play against him here is kind of that same challenge
every day. I'm out to show him that I'm a better player
than he thinks I am. He's out to prove to me he's the
same thing." (RPE)

Worried about the slow negotiations with Shaw, Kobe said:
"A little bit, but it's still early. I know Phil wants
him back and I know management wants him back. I'm sure
he wants to be back. I think he's just waiting to the
end of training camp. He won't have to run as much." (LAT)

"But it's still early. I know Phil wants him back and I
know management wants him back and I'm sure he wants to
be back. . . . B-Shaw's just waiting to come back; he's
just waiting until the end of training camp. He won't
have to run as much." (LADN)
Note: LAT reports that the Lakers are closer than ever
to an agreement with Shaw and he could be in camp in a
few days.

About being signed by the Lakers, Respert said:
"I was sitting around at home just waiting it out. I
didn't want to go back to Europe." (LAT)

"Somebody answered a prayer." (LADN)

"I have a lot of confidence in myself. My ability to
shoot the basketball has always been my strength. Being
a solid defender, a capable ballhandler, it's exactly
what the triangle offense is. With Coach Jackson, he
always liked smaller guards who can shoot the ball. ...
It's pretty much a good fit when you look on paper.
I've just got to get the job done when I'm out here." (RPE)
Note: Respert noted that Jackson has used small shooting
guards in the past. That sounds like Respert is looking
at more of a Kerr role than replacing Fisher. Respert
made 50% of his 3pt shots last season in Italy.
Respert was the career leader in 3pt shooting in the
Big 10 when he was drafted by Portland with the #8 pick
in the 1995 draft (his rights were traded to the Bucks).
Respert played with Phoenix for 1 month in the 1999
season. He also played with Mil/Tor/Dal, averaging 4.9ppg
in 172 NBA games. Seems like a journeyman 3pt shooter,
a role that the triangle does seem to have a spot for.
I think that Respert's signing is more related to the
Lakers' need for outside shooting than Fisher's injury.

Assuming Shaw signs, I think that Respert will have a
hard time making the team--even for just the injured list.
He is the 8th guard in camp and Fisher already has one
of the IL spots reserved...with either Hightower or
Medvendenko, or both, probably slated for IL also.

Wishing Elden was more consistent, Paul Silas said:
"When Eldens going good, he can be as good as anyone in
the league at that position." (GG)
Note: "Unfortunately for the Lakers, who grew weary of
Campbells basketball mood swings and were eager to trade
him, and the Hornets for the past 1 1/2 seasons, Campbell
often cant maintain "going good" for more than a few
games at a time." (GG)

Asked about his inconsistent output, Elden said:
"If I was concerned about scoring, maybe I would look at
it that way. But thats not really my thing. I'm like
everybody else, I like to score and shoot, too. But I
dont want to be disruptive. And my nature is trying to
give up some shots. I thought we had a pretty balanced
attack last year so I didnt shoot that much." (GG)

About how Silas' constant prodding is changing him, Elden:
"Yeah, he wants me to force more shots, so Ill be looking
to take advantage of some opportunities. In the past, just
taking a lot of shots just really wasnt how I got into
the game. The games in my career where Ive scored more
have been when the plays havent been called for me. They
just sort of came in the flow of the game -- broken plays,
garbage points or what have you. So, for the most part, it
wasnt just because they were calling my play every time." (GG)

Wanting to improve this season, Elden said:
"I really dont set any numbers, but I do want to average
double-figure rebounds. Thats really the only number Im
trying to make sure I reach. But, really, Im just trying
to get better. I dont think theres any one thing I did
last year that I dont need to get better at. So I just
need to improve on everything." (GG)

About the Blazers, Kemp said:
"When I was in Cleveland, I was amazed at the talent that
Portland had. I'm thinking to myself, 'There's got to be
a little animosity. There's got to be.' But there's just
not. You very rarely get a team in the NBA where the guys
get along, let alone good players get along.

This team here, the first thing that I noticed is that
these guys are pretty much on the same page -- very unsel-
fish. These are the most unselfish guys ...

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Post by David Hillm » Fri, 06 Oct 2000 04:00:00


Quote:

>The perimeter stroke was already on display after practice Wednesday when
>Bryant engaged rookie power forward Mark Madsen in a game of one-on-one.

   Well, the rookie sets his sights high, at least.

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Post by Spinhea » Fri, 06 Oct 2000 04:00:00



Quote:
> About the Blazers, Kemp said:

> We had a dinner, and guys were like, 'Hey, during the

Lots of biscuits and gravy with that dinner I hope.

Spinhead

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Laker Quotes 10/5/00 Volume 1 Issue 140

Post by Garret Okamo » Fri, 06 Oct 2000 04:00:00



Quote:


>>The perimeter stroke was already on display after practice Wednesday when
>>Bryant engaged rookie power forward Mark Madsen in a game of one-on-one.

>   Well, the rookie sets his sights high, at least.

"But Bryant got some too from the game and bullish Madsen,
who hit some outside shots and talked some himself before
lowering his shoulder and going inside for a final few
possessions." (LAT)

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Post by Terrahol » Fri, 06 Oct 2000 04:00:00


Quote:


> > About the Blazers, Kemp said:

> > We had a dinner, and guys were like, 'Hey, during the

> Lots of biscuits and gravy with that dinner I hope.

> Spinhead

We are glad he likes Portland, but hopes he hates the food. =)
Report I heard was he still has a gut but is a lot lighter than at the start
of camp last season.
laurel
 
 
 

Laker Quotes 10/5/00 Volume 1 Issue 140

Post by Ted Montagu » Fri, 06 Oct 2000 04:00:00


Quote:





> > > About the Blazers, Kemp said:

> > > We had a dinner, and guys were like, 'Hey, during the

> > Lots of biscuits and gravy with that dinner I hope.

> > Spinhead

> We are glad he likes Portland, but hopes he hates the food. =)
> Report I heard was he still has a gut but is a lot lighter than at the start
> of camp last season.
> laurel

Give him time.  Thanksgiving and Christmas haven't even hit yet.  By the time those two
holiday's are over, he will have put back on all the weight, maybe even a few extra
pounds.  No way Shawn can resist a big juicy Thanksgiving turkey with all the fixings, or
a nice succulent Christmas ham.  Then the leftovers afterwards, forget about it....
 
 
 

Laker Quotes 10/5/00 Volume 1 Issue 140

Post by Ben Johnso » Fri, 06 Oct 2000 04:00:00

On Thu, 5 Oct 2000 16:01:23 -0700, "Ted Montague"

Quote:







>> > > About the Blazers, Kemp said:

>> > > We had a dinner, and guys were like, 'Hey, during the

>> > Lots of biscuits and gravy with that dinner I hope.

>> > Spinhead

>> We are glad he likes Portland, but hopes he hates the food. =)
>> Report I heard was he still has a gut but is a lot lighter than at the start
>> of camp last season.
>> laurel

>Give him time.  Thanksgiving and Christmas haven't even hit yet.  By the time those two
>holiday's are over, he will have put back on all the weight, maybe even a few extra
>pounds.  No way Shawn can resist a big juicy Thanksgiving turkey with all the fixings, or
>a nice succulent Christmas ham.  Then the leftovers afterwards, forget about it....

He'll probably down a bunch of eggnog too.

Ben Johnson

 
 
 

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Post by Alson Won » Sat, 07 Oct 2000 09:58:29


Quote:
> Give him time.  Thanksgiving and Christmas haven't even hit yet.  By the
time those two
> holiday's are over, he will have put back on all the weight, maybe even a
few extra
> pounds.  No way Shawn can resist a big juicy Thanksgiving turkey with all
the fixings, or
> a nice succulent Christmas ham.  Then the leftovers afterwards, forget

about it....

Hmmm.  Perhaps someone should hire him a cook to make all his favorite
foods. : )

 
 
 

Laker Quotes 10/5/00 Volume 1 Issue 140

Post by Terrahol » Sat, 07 Oct 2000 10:14:51


Quote:


> > Give him time.  Thanksgiving and Christmas haven't even hit yet.  By the
> time those two
> > holiday's are over, he will have put back on all the weight, maybe even
a
> few extra
> > pounds.  No way Shawn can resist a big juicy Thanksgiving turkey with
all
> the fixings, or
> > a nice succulent Christmas ham.  Then the leftovers afterwards, forget
> about it....

> Hmmm.  Perhaps someone should hire him a cook to make all his favorite
> foods. : )

They asked him what the scale said and he said: "The Scale said I am going
to have a great season..."

He is listed in the media guide at 280 which is I assume the goal not the
fact... =)

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Post by Eljack » Sat, 07 Oct 2000 04:00:00

Quote:
> They asked him what the scale said and he said: "The Scale said I am going
> to have a great season..."

You sure it didn't say great seasoning?