Pistons follow Spurs road to championship
http://www.mysanantonio.com/sports/basketball/nba/spurs/stories/MYSA061504.1 D.Monroe.981312.html The Spurs eliminated the Lakers from the 2003 NBA playoffs in six games. Th...

Foul differential continues to annoy Lakers
http://www2.ocregister.com/ocrweb/ocr/article.do?id=99877§ion=SPORTS&sub section=PRO&year=2004&month=6&day=15 "They feel like they can play with the same intensity level as the Pis...

He Guarantees Bryant Always Had Promise
http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-simers15jun15,1,2755979.column?coll=la-h eadlines-sports I have it on good authority, of course, the Lakers will be playing Games 6 and 7 at St...

Oh Schadenfreude
To the tune of "Auf Wiedersehen." (The Vera Lynn version.) Oh schadenfreude, oh schadenfreude, They'll lose again, haters. The Laker's reign will end real soon; Elbow...

Phantom guarantee perplexes Bryant
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylc=X3oDMTBpZmFlcXBpBF9TAzk1ODYxOTQ4BHNlYw N0aA--?slug=ap-nbafinals-notebook&prov=ap&type=lgns AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Nothing stands in the way o...

Kobe GUARANTEES game 5 victory.
No talk about Kobe's guarantee? http://sports.espn.go.com/nba/playoffs2004/news/story?id=1821889 "I'm telling you right now," Bryant told the Los Angeles Times after Sunday's

Expansion Draft Players (Update)
http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/sports/basketball/nba/charlotte_bobcats/8917532.htm?1c Players confirmed to be available to the Charlotte Bobcats in the expansion draft: AT...

News from June 13, 2004
News from June 13. Det 88, LAL 80 at Det Rasheed Wallace (Det) had 26 points and 13 rebounds. Ben Wallace (Det) had 8 points including 4-14 FT and 13 rebounds. Richard...

News from June 11, 2004
News from June 11. Denver elected not to pick up the option year they had for Ryan Bowen, making him a free agent. Playoff Standings 1st Round ...

Several months ago I wrote that any team might as well sign Rasheed for less $$ instead of Webber if all they wanted was a big man taking jump shots. After actually seeing one o...

Jackson rejects pleas for changes
http://www.pe.com/sports/lakers/notebooks/PE_Sports_Local_lakers_notes_14.11 20c.html Jackson listened to Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher, Rick Fox and Devean George -...

Brown mocks Laker griping
http://www.detnews.com/2004/pistons/0406/14/pistons-182874.htm When asked before the game how the Pistons had been able to hold down Kobe Bryant's shot attempts in Game 3, Brown said, ...

Lakers gripe about officials
http://www.detnews.com/2004/pistons/0406/14/d06-182775.htm "I don't understand why they get to be aggressive and we don't," Lakers guard Gary Payton said. "Why is that? It's frustratin...

Payton "I don't care about Magic Johnson"
http://www.dailynews.com/Stories/0,1413,200~29583~2211476,00.html "Don't ask me a question. I don't want to talk to anybody," Gary Payton told reporters before the game Sunday. "I don'...

Unhappiness continues to fester for Payton
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/14/sports/basketball/14nba-early.html "When the year is over, then I can make my choice of what I want to do next year," he said. "I do want to get back ...

Bryon Russell says refs wouldn't let Jazz beat the Bulls
http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/14/sports/basketball/14araton.html "I know this hurts him, especially after the way he played against Tim Duncan, against Kevin Garnett," Russell said of...

Shaq's huge effort not enough for Lakers
http://sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/news/archive/2004/06/13/sports02 46EDT0037.DTL&type=printable "Give credit to the Pistons," Lakers coach Phil Jackson said. "They handled

Larry Bird: Basketball Needs More White Superstars
Our ABC affiliate asked listeners: "Were Larry Bird's recent interview remarks racially insensitive?" Yes 17% No 83% 'Nuff said.... ---------------------------...

Steven A. Smith
No matter how many times he's wrong, he still brings it with passion. M.

Conspiracy theories and game four thoughts...
Isn't it amaing how someone's always either howling that the league is fixing it for the Lakers or against the Lakers? Okay, now I'm going to feed the trolls: Of course the ...

"We can play with this team," insisted O'Neal. "We haven't played well yet or shown it yet. "It's a big challenge for us, and the stage is set," O'Neal said. "The pressure is on t...

Malone to sign with Pistons?
... or I think that must be his intention now, if that was at all possible... but who knows, for another $12 mln.? *ducks*

What is the definition of a Sellout?
It seems like the majority of NBA fans and the sports media have been giving kudos to Gary Payton and Karl Malone for forgoing millions of dollars for a chance to win a championship. I gues...

Game 4 -- Phil Jackson complains about the refs
Someone had to say it. M.

PJ faces elimination!
for the first time ever in a title series -- RIP President Ronald Reagan - you were the greatest.

40% of NBA players have police records
http://www.nypost.com/sports/22940.htm The NBA is rapidly turning into a national criminals' association: A whopping 40 percent of NBA players have police records, a bombshell new book...

Magic rips Malone and Payton
http://sports.yahoo.com/nba/news;_ylc=X3oDMTBpZmFlcXBpBF9TAzk1ODYxOTQ4BHNlYw N0aA--?slug=ap-magic-rippinglakers&prov=ap&type=lgns ``I have eight rings and I want nine,'' Johnson said. ...

Cuban agrees with Phil: Refs are killing the Lakers
http://www.blogmaverick.com/entry/3622842316349375/#comments Phil Jackson came out today and talked about how the Pistons would grab, hold, push, hit the shooter and it wasn't called. ...

My starting lineup, were I Coach Big Chief Phillip Jackson
($1 royalty to Jim Rome for the "Big Chief" part) O'Neil Bryant Walton Fisher Rush Of course, that won't happen, but still, the Pistons had some troubl...

Pistons favored for Game 4
http://www.covers.com/includes/articles.aspx?theArt=25914&tid=25&t=2 The Lakers are underdogs in Game 4. That's something that's happened in only one other game in their last three Fin...

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