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Byron Scott Jersey Lakers

Byron Scott and Luke Walton had an unexpected meeting a few months ago, crossing paths at a restaurant after one of the Lakers’ late-season games. After exchanging pleasantries, their conversation shifted to Walton’s first season as the Lakers’ head coach.

“I told him he’s doing a good job and to keep it up,” Scott said of Walton, whose team finished 26-56 as the organization made its fourth consecutive trip to the NBA draft lottery. “He told me a little bit about his frustrations, which I understood. But I thought he did a good job under the circumstances. If they give him a couple of those pieces that I’m sure they will, he’ll be much better next year.”

The Lakers’ brass has offered Walton unequivocal support. Everyone from controlling owner Jeanie Buss to president of basketball operations Magic Johnson and General Manager Rob Pelinka praises his performance and the culture he is creating.

Scott remembers a far different environment when he was the head coach with a different front office. His teams went a combined 38-126 during the 2014-15 and 2015-16 seasons as he tried to juggle managing the final injury-plagued seasons of Kobe Bryant’s career while trying to develop a young roster. He was fired, replaced quickly by Walton, then a Golden State assistant coach.

Scott said he “felt betrayed, lied to and deceived” by former Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak and former executive Jim Buss. Though he had only two guaranteed years on his four-year contract, Scott contends that Kupchak and Jim Buss previously promised him they would exercise the team option for his third year. Scott also believes the Lakers used him to manage Bryant during his final seasons and farewell tour before making the coach a scapegoat for the franchise’s struggles.

“If I asked him to do certain things, Kobe would do it because of his respect for me,” said Scott, who mentored Bryant during his rookie season in 1996-97. “Basically, you just wanted me there to help you guys get through the next two years, so Kobe doesn’t go crazy on you guys. I would be the one that can handle it. They know me. I’m not going to back down. I’m not going to be intimidated by anybody.”

Scott considers his experience as Lakers coach a “hard lesson learned,” which he addressed in a new book titled, “Slam-Dunk Success: Leading from Every Position on Life’s Court.” The title is a nod to both his time with the 1980s “Showtime” Lakers, when he helped them win three NBA titles and his time as the coach who oversaw the franchise’s two worst seasons.

Hence, Scott stressed “this is not one of those books that is a feel-great book.” The book, co-authored by business executive and close friend Charlie Norris, blends success stories and failures from Scott’s 14-year playing career and head-coaching stints in New Jersey (2000-2004), New Orleans (2004-2009), Cleveland (2010-13) and the Lakers (2014-16). The book also offered insight on Norris’ various businesses.

“We took risks and weren’t afraid to step out and try new things. When we failed at those things, we were able to forget about them,” Scott said. “You think about them and reflect on them. But you also have to have the mindset of moving on. You also have to learn from them.”

Scott maintains he has moved on from his Lakers head-coaching stint. He spent the past year working on his book and appearing as an NBA analyst on ESPN’s “The Jump.” During that self-reflection, however, Scott said he has no regrets about how he handled his time as Lakers coach.

“Given that opportunity again,” Scott said, “I wouldn’t change anything, especially my approach.”

In other words, Scott does not want a mulligan for yanking starting spots away from lottery picks D’Angelo Russell and forward Julius Randle only 20 games into the 2015-16 season. The duo later reclaimed their positions shortly after the NBA All-Star break.

“I would do the same thing. I still felt like the job was given to them,” Scott said. “I don’t have a problem with young guys growing, understanding and developing in that (starting) role, but I do have a problem when they don’t cherish it, when they don’t hold it to a higher standard, when they don’t come ready to work.”

Scott also dismissed criticism from inside and outside the Lakers of his stern approach, which affected his relationships with Russell and Nick Young. Scott mused “this old-school stuff people keep talking about, if old school and hard work is winning, I guess I’m old school.” He also contended, “I relate with players extremely well.”

“There’s not a player in this league I had that I can’t communicate with or had some good relationships with,” Scott said. “Are there players that played for me that can’t stand me and vice versa? Yeah. I’m sure there are. But most of the players that I coached, when I come into contact with them, it’s nothing but mutual respect.”

Despite his strong convictions, Scott said he once asked Norris for advice on getting through to Russell, Randle and Jordan Clarkson. Norris suggested Scott ask them two questions. The first: “what is blocking them from being great?” The second: “how can I help you become great?”

Scott liked how Randle answered those questions. Scott said Randle blamed himself and pleaded with him “to stay on me, push me and make me accountable for everything I do.” Though Walton never took away Randle’s starting spot last season, he also found himself prodding the forward.

“I’m still a big fan of Julius Randle,” Scott said. “He is a terrific young man and is really mature for his age. I think he wants to be great.”

Scott has different feelings about Russell. He said the then-rookie’s demotion was partly because he frequently arrived to the Lakers’ facility only minutes before practice started. So, Scott eventually required his young players to complete individual workouts 30 minutes before and after practice.

Though Walton has given Russell positive reinforcement regarding his play and has seen him participate in offseason workouts, he often mentioned Russell’s ongoing process in establishing a routine. Despite Russell averaging 15.6 points, 4.8 assists, 3.5 rebounds and 1.4 steals during his second season, Johnson and Pelinka instructed him to focus on improving his consistency, conditioning and leadership.

“I don’t know if his work ethic has gotten any better. Some of the people I’ve talked to in the organization said that it hasn’t,” Scott said of Russell. “I just wish him all the best. The maturity level will catch up to him sooner or later when he realizes it’s an honor and a privilege to be in the NBA and be in the position that he’s in. He has to take full advantage of it.”

Scott believes Clarkson took full advantage of his time, morphing from a seldom-used rookie into a definitive starter in 2014-15. A fan of Clarkson’s work ethic, Scott did say he found him “pressing in trying to score more and do more” during his second season because of his pending free agency. The Lakers ultimately re-signed Clarkson to a four-year, $50 million deal last summer.

“I wanted him to be himself. But I didn’t want him to go out there and try to make things happen,” Scott said of Clarkson. “When you do that and think a little selfishly, it can come back and bite you in the butt because you can play even worse. He understood where I was coming from. I want all these guys to do well on the court because obviously financially it helps them and their family. He’s one of the guys I have a lot of respect for.”

Therefore, Scott downplayed any potential awkward feelings Randle, Clarkson and Tarik Black might have felt when Scott was seated with them earlier this offseason at a Los Angeles Urban League event where Johnson was being honored.

“It wasn’t like it was uncomfortable whatsoever,” Scott said. “We all had a really good time. Nothing but mutual respect for those guys.”

As former Lakers teammates, Scott and Johnson share a mutual respect. Johnson wrote the foreword to Scott’s book, and Scott predicts the Lakers will be “back to championship-caliber basketball” in three to four years partly because of Johnson’s new role.

“Earvin is a guy who isn’t going to take a bunch of crap,” Scott said. “He is a guy who is going to tell it to guys like it is. If he wants you gone, he’s going to get rid of you. If he doesn’t think you’re worthy of wearing that purple and gold and made of the right stuff, which is about winning, then he will find somebody else who is.”

Scott isn’t sure if he’ll ever coach again, but after a year of self-reflection, he believes he would fare better coaching in college instead of the NBA.

“They give you more time and you have a little bit more security,” Scott said. “There are too many teams in the NBA where owners and general managers say one thing and then the next year do another. I just don’t like the disloyalty and the politics that are going on a lot in the NBA. If I coach again, the collegiate level would be the better fit for me.”


“I get a chance to meet some of these guys when they’re 17 and 18 years old and hopefully make an impact on them before they make it to the NBA,” Scott said. “We still have too many guys who played AAU ball who still don’t have a clue on how to play the game of basketball. They still don’t know how to run a three-man fast break. There’s so many little things. I think I can have a much better impact on that level than I can on the NBA level.”

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The Pittsburgh Penguins have been on the winning side of many lopsided games in their history. Here is a look back at a few games when things didn’t go according to plan.
Any team like the Pittsburgh Penguins that has employed such talent as Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr, Sidney Crosby, and Evgeni Malkin is sure to have caused nightmares for opposing teams and their fans over the years.

But what happens when the tables turn is bound to leave players shaking in their skates with ice-cold blood and goaltenders with the echoing sound of a goal horn piercing their ears. Here is a look at five of the scariest games in Penguins history.

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Chi-town Beatdown (Oct. 05, 2018)
When the 0-1-1 Penguins and 0-1 Blackhawks faced-off in this early season contest, nobody could have predicted that the Penguins would have been handed one of the worst losses in franchise history.

Off-season acquisition and former Blackhawk Goaltender Antti Niemi made his first start with the Penguins and unfortunately, Chicago was not feeling hospitable towards their old ally.

Niemi allowed four goals on 13 shots, which set the precedent for his time with Pittsburgh. He was put on waivers two games later after he allowed 16 goals in three games. Matt Murray didn’t fare much better in the relief effort, as he allowed six goals on 31 shots.

By the time the horn sounded at the conclusion of the third period, Chicago had put 10 pucks in the back of the net and served the Stanley Cup Champions a large piece of humble pie.

Thunderstruck (Nov. 08, 2003)
When the 3-7-3 Penguins locked horns with 8-1-1-1 Tampa Bay Lightning, the end result was an abomination of a showing. The porous Pens defense hung goaltender Sebastien Caron out to dry, as he faced 37 shots and allowed eight goals by the mid-way mark of the third period.

Rookie Marc-Andre Fleury got to see some action after Penguins coach Ed Olczyk finally ended Caron’s bleeding near the midway mark of the final stanza. Fleury made four saves on five shots in his 11 minutes of work.

Along with the lopsided score, an air of physicality and ugliness developed over the course of the contest. The teams combined for 77 PIM, with Lightning forward Chris Dingman responsible for 27 of the team’s 36 penalty minutes and Martin Straka racking up 14 of the Penguins 41 penalty minutes.

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Battle lines Drawn (Oct. 20, 1977)
It did not take long for the Flyers to break the seal on the Penguins net in the is mid-Oct. massacre. The Flyers built up a solid 3-0 lead by the eight-minute mark of the first period and poured 21 shots on Pittsburgh goaltender Dunc Wilson by the end of the frame.

The Flyers offense continued their siege on the Penguins net and pulverized their way through the hapless Pittsburgh defense the next two periods and ended up with hefty 12-0 victory. Philadelphia spread the offense pretty evenly scoring four goals in the first and third periods and three in the second.

Wilson did the best he could with the barrage of rubber that came his way, he made 42 saves on 54 shots. Perhaps this is when the bad blood between clubs developed.

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Revenge is Best Served Cold (Nov. 25, 1992)
It’s a good thing dead arenas tell no tales because Pittsburgh’s Civic Arena certainly bared witness to its fair share of ghastly games, including this 1992 Division Final rematch vs. The New York Rangers.

Pittsburgh got off to a fast start as Mario Lemieux buried his 26th goal of the season just 14 seconds into the first period, but it wasn’t long before the Rangers began their assault on the Penguins goaltenders.

The Rangers entered the third period with a 5-3 lead and capitalized on their power-play opportunities afforded to them by three consecutive Rick Tocchet infractions. New York capitalized by scoring three goals on five chances in the frame, and added three additional even-strength goals to claim an 11-3 victory.

Getting Torched (Mar. 9, 1989)
When the Pens and Calgary Flames met in this late-season contest, Pittsburgh ran headfirst into a team on the cusp of capturing their first Stanley Cup Championship. Bob Errey got the Penguins on the board early in the first, but the Flames responded by scoring nine unanswered goals, amassing a 9-1 lead by the midway mark of the third period.

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Despite the insurmountable goal deficit, Pittsburgh scored two goals late in the frame (Kevin Stevens, Troy Loney) to put a somewhat more positive spin on this early March. dousing Penguins goalie Wendell Young was on the clock for 9 of 10 Flames goals and faced 40 shots before Tom Barrasso made his way into the game.

What are some of your scariest games in Pens history? Did we forget any? Feel free to tell us in the comments!

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Rewind back to 14 years ago in the summer of 2005, when the Los Angeles Lakers surprisingly had a lottery pick in the draft. Nobody knew who they were going to select with options like Fran Vazquez, Sean May, and Rashad McCants on the board. Instead, they selected a 17-year old kid straight out of high school from New Jersey by the name of Andrew Bynum.

Some were left shocked but without much promising talent on the board in a weak draft, it wasn’t a move that backfired. Only two of the top-10 picks selected before Bynum became stars. Both were point guards (Chris Paul/Deron Williams).
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The Andrew Bynum pick came as a result of the Lakers most disappointing season (2004-05) in Kobe Bryant‘s era. Bryant did his part like always as he averaged 27.6 points and six assists.

Unfortunately, he didn’t have much help as the only reliable options on the roster were Caron Butler and Lamar Odom, who came to the Lakers in the Shaquille O’Neal trade that offseason. The Lakers won 34 games that season and went only 6-10 when Bryant was out.

To begin his Lakers career, Andrew Bynum had growing pains. Playing in LA as a young kid is no joke. One day they love you, the next day they hate you. As a rookie, he rarely played. Bynum played in only 46 games and averaged 1.6 points and 1.7 rebounds in only seven minutes.

Bynum used the offseason to work on his game and most importantly his conditioning. People forget that Bynum was only 18-years-old after his rookie season ended.

Once it was time for his second year, you can see an improvement. A few months into the season, Bynum ended up replacing Kwame Brown as the team’s starting center and the rest was history.

For the season, Bynum averaged 7.8 points and 5.9 rebounds in 22 minutes. His impact was largely felt on defense (1.6 bpg) where he changed shots every night.

One example of how much he had worked from year one to year two was at the free throw line. He went from shooting 30 percent to 67 percent in his second season.

Despite Bynum’s clear improvement as a player at such a young age, it wasn’t enough in the city with the brightest lights. During Bynum’s second season at the trade deadline, the Lakers turned down trade offers for him.

One of the offers the Lakers turned down was for star Jason Kidd. Bryant said “Are you kidding me?” Referring to the Lakers not shipping Bynum for such an accomplished athlete.

At the time it seemed like it would divide the Lakers locker room and be a mess that wouldn’t be cleaned up. Instead, it seemed to light a fire in Bynum, who became determined to become that force the Lakers needed at the moment. (That and working with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar).

In his third season, he averaged 13.1 points, 10.2 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks. His season ended short after partially dislocating his left kneecap in a February game against Memphis. It was a big blow for the Lakers who went on to make the NBA Finals, thanks to the acquisition of Pau Gasol. The Lakers lost to Boston in six games. Had Bynum played, one can argue he would’ve been the difference.

For the next three seasons (2008-11), Andrew Bynum became a consistent big man who can affect the court on both ends. The problem was that he was constantly getting hurt. Bynum averaged 56 games played in the stretch. Not only was he missing games, but instead of playing 33-35 minutes, he was limited to 30 a night.

Despite injuries in 2009-10, Bynum helped the Lakers get two championships. He even played hurt against the Orlando Magic in 2009 NBA Finals, something that was needed against Dwight Howard, who was the most dominant center at the time.
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In the 2011-12 season, his final season in Los Angeles, it all came together for the 24-year-old. Bynum averaged 18.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks. It was by far his most complete season and it was evident that he would become one of the best centers in the league. Bynum not only made the All-Star game, but he was also selected to the All-NBA Second Team.

In the playoffs, Andrew Bynum showed his brilliance by posting a triple-double against the Nuggets in Game 1 of the opening round. Bynum had 10 points, 13 rebounds, and 10 blocks. He set a franchise playoff record in blocks and tied for most in NBA history with Mark Eaton and Hakeem Olajuwon.

After beating the Nuggets, the Lakers would go on to lose to the Thunder in five games in the Western Conference Semifinals.

It ended up being the last of Bynum in a Lakers uniform. The Lakers went on to trade him to the Philadelphia 76ers in a four-team deal that brought Howard to the Lakers.

He missed the entire 2012-13 season with arthroscopic surgery on both knees

Charlie Scott Jersey Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers added to their collection of high‐priced scorers yesterday when they acquired Charlie Scott from the troubled Boston Celtics for Kermit Washington, the suspended power forward, and Don Chaney, the former Celtic.

“This is first of a series of moves to turn the season around,” said Red Auerbach, the president and general manager or the Celtics. “Iry Levin [the team owner] and I have been working on this trade for some time with the Lakers.”

The Celtics, desperately in need of help in the front court, have gambled that Washington tvIll be able to play this season. Larry O’Brien, the National Basketball Association commissioner, had suspended the 6-foot-8inch forward for 60 days and fined him $10,000 for slugging Rudy Tomjano;. vich, the Houston Rockets’ star, and fracturing his jaw.

At the end of the suspension, Feb. 9, Washington must apply to O’Brien for readmission. Yesterday, O’Brien said nothing had changed because of the trade.

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The Celtics have been a team in turmoil beginning with the opening of training camp when Sidney Wicks refused to report until he signed a new contract. Boston now has a 10‐22 wonlost record, the second worst in the league. It has lost six straight games, all on the road.

Levin and Auerbach accompanied the team for most of their latest Western swing. Auerbach was back in New York yesterday to scout the Holiday Festival at Madison Square Garden.

A few weeks ago, Levin had asked Auerbach to return to coaching and replace Tom Heinsohn, but Auerbach refused. The trade, at least for the time being, is expected to defer any action in replacing lieinsohn.

The Lakers, who had three firstround draft choices for this season and had acquired Jamaal Wilkes, a free agent, were expected to challenge the Portland Trail Blazers for Pacific Division honors. Instead, they were in last place with a 14‐18 mark before last night’s game—a 123‐82 rout over the Golden State Warriors in Oakland, Calif.

Unlike the Celtics, the Lakers’ problems have been, primarily, serious injuries. Kenny Carr, the highly‐aegarded rookie forward, broke a bone in his foot in the final preseason game and missed 22 contests. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the league’s most dominating player, broke his hand in a fight with Kent Benson, the Milwaukee Bucks’ rookie, in th first two minutes of the season opener and missed 20 games. Chaney broke his thumb and has played in only nine games and Brad Davis, another top rookie prnspect, broke a bone in his left hand after 11 games and still has not returned.

Mitch Richmond Jersey Lakers

Hall of Fame basketball player Mitch Richmond has passed his estate in a gated Calabasas community to a new owner for $7.88 million.

On and off the market for the better part of three years, the single-story custom home relisted last year for $8.495 million and was more recently priced at $8.25 million, records show. Richmond bought the property of more than two acres over a decade ago for $1.7 million.

Set at the end of a cul-de-sac, the 2006 Mediterranean contains a highlight reel’s worth of features: a full-sized gym, a home theater with stadium seating, and a wine cellar with a tasting room. A separate entertainment wing decorated in NBA memorabilia has a curved wet bar and game room.

Elsewhere in the 12,953 square feet of space is a center-island kitchen with enough seating for a starting lineup of five, a great room and formal living and dining rooms with vaulted ceilings.

The master suite has a fireplace, a glass-enclosed shower and a soaking tub for a total of six bedrooms and eight bathrooms. There are five fireplaces in all.

Outdoors, the landscaped grounds center on a lavish swimming pool with a beach entry, a raised spa, a swim-in grotto and a waterslide. A basketball court, a fire pit, covered patios, tall palms and formal landscaping round out the resort-style setting.

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Marc and Rory Shevin of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties were the listing agents.

Richmond, 50, played 14 seasons in the NBA for the Golden State Warriors, Sacramento Kings, Washington Wizards and Los Angeles Lakers, making six all-star teams. The scoring guard out of Kansas State twice medaled at the Summer Olympics, including a gold medal in 1996 as part of “Dream Team III.”

He currently works as an assistant to the men’s basketball program at St. John’s University, where former NBA teammate Chris Mullin is the head coach.

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Karl Malone Jersey Lakers

In a time when superteams are dominating the league and the Los Angeles Lakers struggle to sign high profile free agents (though probably on the verge to end this drought) my mind cannot help but go back to the team which kicked off this modern era of superteams and coincidentally featured the Lakers’ last strikes in free agency.

I am talking about the 2004 Los Angeles Lakers, the team that caused the biggest and most painful disappointment I have ever had as a Lakers fan.
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Coming from an early exit in the Western Conference Semifinals, in the summer of 2003, the Lakers acknowledged the need to improve low post and pick and roll defense to survive an eventual face off with NBA Champions San Antonio Spurs. What came most unexpected was that they addressed these needs acquiring perennial All-Stars Karl Malone and Gary Payton (and an honorable mention goes to four-time NBA champ Horace Grant).

In their quest to the championship that Michael Jordan denied them in the 90’s, Malone and Payton accepted to sign with Los Angeles at the sunset of their careers for the bi-annual and mid-level exception. It made what seemed like a far-fetched dream of assembling a team featuring four Hall of Famers and coached by Zen master Phil Jackson a reality.
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This superteam generated so much hype and expectations that losing in the Finals was considered a major shortcoming. Immediately after the signing of the two veterans, the Lakers were considered a lock to win the 2004 title, but they underachieved losing 4-1 to the much less talented Detroit Pistons.

Or maybe they overachieved just reaching the NBA Finals given the tumultuous season they had to endure. Nothing went as expected with every kind of issue bothering the team.0

Kobe Bryant‘s sexual assault charge which forced him to fly to Colorado for the trials and often coming back just in time for game time. Numerous injuries which plagued an already extremely short team. The feud between Kobe and Shaquille O’Neal reaching its climax. Payton’s struggles to fit in the triangle offense.

In such a problematic team, Malone was the closest thing to a positive note for the Lakers. He played solid basketball when able to stay on the court and proving something much more significant for his career than the conquest of a ring.

One of the strongest physical forces in the history of the game, the Mailman, despite being the NBA second leading scorer and a two-time MVP, gets often overlooked and underrated because of his almost-twenty-year partnership with point guard John Stockton.

Many people credit his success and high productivity to the sole reason of having been facilitated by playing with NBA all-time assist leader Stockton. But Malone was, in fact, a talented offensive force and a hard worker.

Do not forget how he came into the league as only a physical presence and was able to develop a reliable jump shot which became his trademark in the latter years. He was surprisingly quick despite his massive body, overpowering his defenders with a combination of strength and agility.

Furthermore, he was an outstanding defender, three times earning All-NBA Defensive Team honors. In 1989 he recorded an exceptional 6.6 defensive win shares to go along with a more impressive 92.4 career total.
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In his lone season as a Laker, Malone proved how valuable a player he was without the need of Stockton. He averaged 13.2 points and 8.7 rebounds in an offense dominated by scoring machines Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant and was still able to defend against premiere power forwards. He became the first player to record a triple-double at 40 years of age.

Unfortunately, the former Bulldog was forced to miss 40 games because of a misdiagnosed knee sprain, which was revealed to be an MCL tear that he suffered in December. However, when able to play, he made all the difference for Los Angeles with a 17.82 PER and generating a 5.9 differential when on the floor, per Basketball-Reference.

Unlike Payton, Malone was a seamless fit in the triangle offense and Jackson never complained about him with the media (as he used to do) nor in his books.

Despite not being the same for the rest of the season, the Mailman recovered in time for the playoffs. In the first round against the Houston Rockets, he averaged 18 points, 10.4 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.8 steals. He had a monster Game Four, recording a team-high 30 points, 13 rebounds and 3 steals.

During the conference semifinals, his defense proved vital, keeping former two-time MVP Tim Duncan to an average of 17.5 points per game in the final four games, which the Lakers won recovering from a 0-2 deficit.

Even in the Conference Finals Malone was still astonishing. He managed to average 12 points, 9.3 rebounds and 4.7 assists against 2004 MVP and defensive stopper Kevin Garnett. In Game Four victory he approached once more the triple-double area, coming just two assists shy. Unfortunately, during the NBA Finals, he was a non-factor as re-aggravating his knee injury in Game Three. He missed the final two games which led to the infamous defeat.

The perception that a full strength Karl Malone would have made a totally different series is strong. Despite his solid performances throughout the playoffs, he was never 100 percent. His body completely failed him in the Finals.

The knee injury and controversy with Bryant and his wife led Malone to retire before the start of the following season. He never got that ring he joined Los Angeles for, but notwithstanding the injuries, he played very well and showed his true value at 40 years old.

Malone was the glue guy for a dysfunctional team that was less than the sum of his parts, often performing under expectations. Every night he wore his signature wristbands and went out to be what the team needed him to be. One night a scorer, one a passer, another a defender, another a fighter in the low post and under the boards.
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Had the Lakers won that ring, maybe his jersey would now be hanging along those of Shaq, Magic and the other L.A. legends, but nonetheless some people will remember him as a contributor to the early 2000’s Lakers’ success.

Spencer Haywood Jersey Lakers

Spencer Haywood, who played for the Lakers during the 1979-80 season, says he plotted to kill then-coach Paul Westhead after Haywood was suspended from the team during the National Basketball Assn. Finals, according to a story in the upcoming issue of People magazine.

In the first-person account of his troubled season in Los Angeles, Haywood tells of his fall into crack cocaine abuse and of the subsequent deterioration of his playing skills and attitude.

After Haywood fell asleep during a team workout and caused various other disruptions, the Lakers suspended him after Game 3 of the finals, which the Lakers won in six games.

Haywood says that in his drug-addled state, he blamed his troubles on Westhead. Haywood phoned a gangster friend in Detroit, who flew to Los Angeles with another friend, and the three plotted to kill Westhead by sabotaging his car. Haywood said he eventually was dissuaded from wrongdoing by his mother.

Haywood, hero of the 1968 Olympic basketball team and pro basketball’s first hardship case, has been recovering from his cocaine addiction since 1984. He is in business in Detroit, where he heads his own real estate company, and is founder of the Spencer Haywood Foundation, which sponsors basketball and educational summer camps for inner-city youth.

Westhead, who coaches the Loyola Marymount basketball team, when informed of Haywood’s story, said: “At the time, I did what I felt I had to do (suspend Haywood) to save the team. And I would do it again.

“I had no idea how deep the problem was, nor did any of us, I think. I’ll say this, though. When I got back in the league (coaching the Chicago Bulls, after being fired by the Lakers), and we played the Bullets (Haywood’s last NBA team), he ran over, grabbed my hand, went out of his way to welcome me back to the league. I’ve always had a good feeling about ‘Woody, that he was a good guy.”

Rick Tocchet Jersey Penguins

Following his historic 1981-82 campaign, most of the hockey world was wild for Edmonton Oilers superstar Wayne Gretzky. While there were still some doubters following a 92-goal, 212-point effort, the 1982-83 O-Pee-Chee hockey set was happy to include him on plenty of cards.

Heading into this season, American collectors were denied a Topps set and London, Ontario-based O-Pee-Chee had apparent free range to do something on its own. Offered in 48-pack wax boxes which gave Canadian kids 10 cards for a quarter, the 396-card collection has a lot to offer despite having a relatively high level of production for the era. The box itself shows Gretzky in action and drew youngster in with the promise of a sickly sweet slab of gum as well.

For the second straight year, O-Pee-Chee did a run of rack packs. Containing 51 cards, they are scarcer than regular wax packs today, but will not break the back as compared to the limited release from 1981-82.

Collect All 396!
With a basic and bright design which tries its best to approximate team colors, 1982-83 O-Pee-Chee is blessed with a mix of strong rookie cards, great action and posed shots, and a mix of subset cards which collectors came to expect at the time. There are a handful of airbrushed photos to reflect trades and signings, but some other players who relocated will have a border change and a trade notation.

The backs for the cards are predominantly pink – echoing memories of the gum for collectors that ended up with a cavity or two, but O-Pee-Chee did manage to load them up with year-by-year stats and added team records, too. The biographies are often short and relied heavily on the same information from team media guides which seemed to either say things like “Jim is a bachelor” or “Bob is married. His wife’s name is Jean.” While those names are admittedly pulled out of thin air, the lack of imagination and creativity was likely the product of tight deadlines for a January, 1983 release.

The Great Gretzky Leads the Way
Kicking off the 1982-83 O-Pee-Chee set is a Record Breaker subset which naturally begins with Gretzky. Most of the others are no slouch, either, as you have Mike Bossy, Brian Trottier, super rookie Dale Hawerchuk, and Mikko Leinonen.

Who is Leinonen, exactly? O-Pee-Chee must have been wondering as well since he did not get a regular base card. Instead, his Record Breaker card says it all as he recorded six assists for the New York Rangers during a playoff battle with the Philadelphia Flyers on April 8, 1982. Leinonen would eventually get a rookie card in 1983-84 O-Pee-Chee and played his last NHL game with the Washington Capitals the year after that.

From there, we get each of the NHL’s 21 teams from the era in alphabetical order by city or state name. Each grouping was started with a Team Leaders card depicted each club’s top point producer which had most of their players listed on the back with expanded statistics. The regular player cards follow from there and some of the bigger names would get a second (or even third) piece of cardboard in the form of an In Action card that highlighted a specific event from the 1981-82 campaign.

Since the Colorado Rockies were relocated and became the New Jersey Devils in the summer months of 1982, O-Pee-Chee was on the ball here and managed to get most of the team in their, pardon the pun, new jerseys. There is one slight sign of the Rockies on Dennis Maruk’s In Action card as you can see the blocker of a seemingly unidentified Rockies goalie. With a bit of research, it was determined that 1980 United States Olympic Team backup goaltender Steve Janaszak is the netminder as the Rockies decal on his blocker matches up with at least one other photo. The game, a 7-1 loss in Washington, took place on November 18, 1981 and it was his second of what proved to be three career outings for him. Also appearing on the card is Colorado defender Graeme Nicolson, who never had a licensed card of his own.

A little after the mid-point of the set, there are League Leader cards which rely heavily on Gretzky. Of the nine cards, five have the Great One depicted (he shares one with Michel Goulet) and it appears that O-Pee-Chee ran out of photos of him as they were designing the set! If you look carefully at the Game-Winning Goals Leader (#242) and Scoring Leader (#243) cards, you will notice that the photo is the same, but the Game-Winning Goals card’s negative has been reversed.

Rounding out the 1982-83 O-Pee-Chee set are three checklist cards. Not particularly difficult to find without marks on them, set builders do not need to compromise much on condition as compared to older sets.

Cooperalls and an Ad on the Boards
If there is one piece of equipment that screams “hockey in the 1980s”, it would have to be the long pants some teams wore on the ice that were dubbed Cooperalls. Technically, the pants the players wore were made by CCM, but the name seemed to stick instead as Cooper was a different manufacturer that developed them. They officially hit the ice early in 1981-82 as the Philadelphia Flyers were brave enough to try them out. Soon after, the Hartford Whalers followed suit, but the end result was that they were a total flop with players and fans alike. Some junior teams would wear them as the decade wore on, but the trend died out in time.

Luckily for collectors, the Flyers wore them in battle with the Washington Capitals. Caught in the act of wearing these abominations was Tom Gorence, but Paul Holmgren can also be spotted wearing them on Bengt Gustafsson’s card. Cooperalls showed up in 1983-84 O-Pee-Chee for the Flyers and Whalers before fading into obscurity.

In addition to the appearance of the Cooperalls, one of the most subtle cameos comes in the form of what is the first advertisement to appear on the boards on a hockey card photo.

While it is something that has been a part of the game’s aesthetic for decades now, ads on the boards was a fresh concept in the 1980s. It had been done for international events previously, but the NHL was slow to embrace.

However, the ad shown in the 1982-83 O-Pee-Chee set only appears on a couple of Pittsburgh Penguins cards – those of rough-and-ready rearguard Pat Price and Rick MacLeish, who was in the twilight of his excellent career. The ad? It was promoting the 1982 NHL All-Star Game held at the Capital Center, home of the Washington Capitals.

An examination of Washington’s 1981-82 schedule leads one to believe that these two photos, likely taken by Jerry Wachter, are from the battle between the club which took place on January 31, 1982. It was a wild 8-3 victory for the Caps and featured a ton of fighting in the third period.

Additionally, the same ad can be seen on Pierre Aubry’s card. This was from February 7, 1982 as the Quebec Nordiques battled to a 5-5 tie with the Caps.

Multiple Shooters

If you ask anyone who collected O-Pee-Chee cards in this era, they may often joke that every photo in the set seemed to be taken there. The reality, however, for the 1982-83 O-Pee-Chee collection and others of its generation is that a handful of shooters saw their work used in the set. The vast majority appear to be from Washington in this set, but some were actually taken in Chicago, Long Island, New Jersey, and New York. In particular, this is noticeable on some Edmonton Oilers and Blackhawks (then called the Black Hawks) cards like Gretzky’s In Action or Tony Esposito’s memorable base card. Interestingly, some of the New York Islanders and Vancouver Canucks shots can be traced to the 1982 Stanley Cup Final and are most likely the work of the iconic Bruce Bennett.

Not all photos appear to have come from 1981-82, though. It takes a sharp eye, but if you examine Steve Payne’s card, Washington Capitals goalie Wayne Stephenson is present – but his last NHL appearance came in 1980-81.

Rookie Rampage
One of the things that makes 1982-83 O-Pee-Chee so popular with hockey collectors looking to branch into vintage cards is the strong selection of rookies. There are plenty of Hall of Famers like Hawerchuk, Grant Fuhr, Ron Francis, and Joe Mullen that are affordable.

The supporting cast is nothing to sniff at, either. Look for 1980s notables like Barry Pederson, Neal Broten, the often-traded Brent Ashton, Mike Bullard, Rick Wamsley, Mark Hunter, Tomas Jonsson, Brent Sutter, Mark Pavelich, Reijo Ruotsalainen, Normand Rochefort, Paul MacLean (featuring Larry Hopkins on the front), Doug Smail, and Thomas Steen. We also get first cards for Marc Crawford (fresh off a fight) and Ivan Hlinka. Overall, it’s a solid crew of players – even if some are somewhat forgotten today.

Getting back to two of the big rookie cards, Mullen and Fuhr, the date of their photos has been determined. For Mullen, you can tell that it was taken in Madison Square Garden on March 21, 1982 since that was his only appearance in his hometown that season. He scored once and added an assist that evening in an 8-5 loss for the Blues.

For Fuhr, it took a little bit more work. Going off the fact that you can see color at the top of the boards behind him, it can be determined that the shot was taken in Chicago Stadium – which makes sense when you see all the other Oilers cards taken there. Nailing down a date was easy – January 27, 1982. This was his only appearance in Chicago that year and is backed up by the fact that he is wearing a helmet and cage combo that he was experimenting with during this part of the campaign. He wore a traditional fibreglass mask most of the time during this era and 1981-82 saw at least three designs painted on it before he settled into a fairly consistent one heading into the Stanley Cup years.

Great Value
Over the past 25 to 30 years, the price of a 1982-83 O-Pee-Chee set has not moved much at all. In the pre-eBay days, sellers likely found it easier to get $100 or more for one, but it is a bit of a harder sell now. There are some great rookies and the presence of so many Gretzky cards should make it a winner, but the reality is that it was slightly over-produced – a trend that followed for the next two collections. Collectors who may focus more on classic Topps hockey sets may want to grab one for the sake of continuity, though.

Heading into the near future, the value of 1982-83 O-Pee-Chee seems to be in a holding pattern. In time, though, collectors returning to the hobby will want them for the sake of nostalgia and that may spark some growth.

You can check out 1982-83 O-Pee-Chee hockey sets, singles, lots and unopened material on eBay here.

Pascal Dupuis Jersey Penguins

Observations from the Penguins’ 7-1 win against the Philadelphia Flyers.

Sidney Crosby claimed ignorance.

He didn’t know he was on the verge of scoring 100 career points against the Penguins’ most enduring rival, the Philadelphia Flyers.

“I wasn’t aware of that,” he said. “Those are side notes you guys (media) keep track of. But that’s good.”

He might not have been aware, but he drove past that milestone like a Pennsylvania Turnpike plow truck clearing the ramp to exit 326 (Valley Forge) during a snowstorm as he recorded his 100th, 101st and 102nd career points against the Flyers.

Considering he was wearing a jaw protector to shield the tender left side of his face and had his vision somewhat hindered, it’s tempting to wonder what he might have done with full ocular faculties.

The Flyers and goaltender Brian Elliott didn’t seem ready for this game. Right from the start, they appeared as if they were observing Daylight Savings Time a few days early. The Penguins darted and dashed all around them en route to an early lead.

Elliott was mercifully pulled for Carter Hart at the start of the third period but the damage was done by that point.

As for Crosby and his history against the Flyers, here’s a look at the 16 Flyers goaltenders who have surrendered points to the Penguins’ captain:

Player Goals Assists Points
Antero Niittymaki 11 11 22
Martin Biron 6 10 16
Brian Boucher 4 5 9
Brian Elliott 3 6 9
Steve Mason 6 2 8
Sergei Bobrovsky 3 5 8
Robert Esche 3 4 7
Petr Mrazek 1 4 5
Ilya Bryzgalov 1 3 4
Ray Emery 1 2 3
Empty net 0 3 3
Carter Hart 2 0 2
Michael Leighton 2 0 2
Johan Backlund 1 0 1
Michael Neuvirth 1 0 1
Antony Stolarz 1 0 1
Martin Houle 0 1 1
(Insert joke about the Flyers having an empty net for three decades here. Also, how “impressive” is Niittymaki’s lead considering he hasn’t played for the Flyers since the 2008-09 season?)

As he has done so many times with the likes of Pascal Dupuis and Chris Kunitz or even the likes of Tomas Surovy and Zigmund Palffy, Crosby clicked with his linemates. In this case, it was the 2019 vintage of Jake Guentzel and Dominik Simon.

“We just executed tonight,” Crosby said. “We get on the forecheck and create turnovers. Everyone is capable of making plays. All three of us are comfortable going to the net regardless of who it needs to be. You see on one of those goals there, (Guentzel) drives through the middle. It opens up the lane for Dom to throw it to me. Those little things are important. We’re all just trying to do those things.”

What happened

The Penguins opened the scoring at 5:57 of the first period. After Penguins forward Dominik Kahun pressured Flyers forward Kevin Hayes into turning the puck over in Philadelphia’s right corner, Penguins defenseman Justin Schultz claimed it at the right point and lobbed a wrister towards the cage. In front of the crease, Penguins forward Bryan Rust waved his stick at the puck hoping for a redirect but failed to make contact. The puck sailed on net and glanced just slightly off the right shoulder of Elliott and entered the cage on the far side. It was Schultz’s first goal of the season. Kahun netted the lone assist.

They made it a 2-0 game 2:16 later. After Kahun and Rust hounded Flyers defenseman Ivan Provorov into a turnover to the right of his own cage, Kahun fed a pass through the legs of Flyers defenseman Matt Niskanen to the top of the crease where forward Jared McCann jabbed a forehand shot past Elliott’s blocker. Kahun and Rust got assists.

They poured it on at the 8:46 mark. Driving a puck deep on the right wing, Crosby spun off Flyers defenseman Travis Sanheim and fed a pass to trailing forward Dominik Simon in the right circle. From inside the dot, Simon toasted Elliott’s blocker with a wrister on the far side. Crosby had the only assist, his 100th career point against Philadelphia.

The floodgates opened at 14:02 of the first. Simon gained the offensive zone on the right win with minimal resistance and coasted low below the left dot. Surveying the zone, he zipped a cross-ice pass to the right circle where Crosby wired a wrister past the glove hand of Elliott on the near side. Simon and Letang had assists.

It became a 5-0 contest at 16:40 of the second. Simon fed a pass off the right wing to the slot where forward Jake Guentzel jabbed a host on net. The puck hit the left skate Crosby who was positioned to the right of the cage while battling Provorov. Crosby kicked the puck above the blue paint where Guentzel shuffled it past a sprawling Elliott. Assists were credited to Crosby and Simon.

Their sixth goal came only 20 seconds later. Corralling a puck at the left point, Jack Johnson lobbed a wrister towards the cage which was tipped by forward Zach Aston-Reese from the slot and past Elliott’s blocker on the near side. Johnson and forward Teddy Blueger collected assists.

Philadelphia finally got on the scoreboard at 1:57 of the third period when forward Oskar Lindbolm fired a wrister from the left circle past a kneeling Johnson and between the blocker and right side of Matt Murray.

Kahun capped off his strong night with the game’s final goal at 19:53 of the third. Forward Nick Bjugstad hounded a way too passive Sanheim into a turnover behind the Flyers’ cage and allowed forward Patric Hornqvist to claim it. Hornqvist fed a pass from behind the net to the left circle where Kahun cranked a shot past Hart’s glove hand on the far side. Hornqvist had the lone assist.

Statistically speaking

• The Penguins led in shots, 37-30.

• Crosby and Flyers forward Claude Giroux led the game with six shots each.

• Letang led the game with 24:40 of ice time on 27 shifts.

• Provorov led the Flyers with 23:49 of ice time on 32 shifts.

• The Flyers controlled faceoffs, 33-28 (54 percent).

• Giroux was 17 for 28 (61 percent).

• Penguins forward Teddy Blueger was 11 for 20 (55 percent).

• Penguins defenseman Brian Dumoulin and Schultz each led the game with three blocked shots.

• Defenseman Shayne Gostisbehere led the Flyers with two blocked shots.

Historically speaking

• Guentzel (170 points) surpassed forwards Troy Loney, Ryan Malone and Rod Schutt (169 each) for 47th place on the franchise’s career scoring list.

• Crosby (1,233 points) surpassed Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Phil Housley (1,232) for 39th place on the NHL career scoring list.

• Crosby has a lot of multi-point regular season games against the Flyers:

Points Number of games
0 points 17 games
1 point 19 games
2 points 19 games
3 points 12 games
4 points 1 game
6 points 1 game
• Only the New York Islanders (113 points) have surrendered more offense to Crosby.

Randomly speaking

• The Penguins have scored seven goals a league-high four times this season.

• The Penguins had 12 players record at least one point.

• The Penguins are pretty good at preventing goals too:

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• Murray had a shutout sequence of 107:35 snapped with Lindblom’s goal.

• Simon had eight points in his past eight games.

• After going 11 games without a goal, Kahun is on a modest two-game goal-scoring streak.

• Dumoulin returned to the lineup after missing four games due to injury. He logged 19:57 of ice time on 27 shifts, including 3:49 on the penalty kill, and had two shots on two attempts.

• Penguins forward Alex Galchenyuk had a quiet return after missing nine games due to injury. Primarily used on the second line, he logged 11:08 of ice time on 17 shifts and recorded two shots on two attempts.

• Bjugstad initially was awarded a secondary assist on Kahun’s goal but a scoring change nullified that.

Publicly speaking

• There is rarely anything such as a fully healthy lineup, but with Evgeni Malkin on the verge of potentially returning from injured reserve for Saturday’s home game against the Edmonton Oilers, the Penguins are going to be scratching a pretty solid forward according to coach Mike Sullivan:

“When we have a healthy lineup, we’ve got a pretty competitive lineup. The coaching staff is going to have some real difficult decisions. We had some for tonight’s game. That’s a good challenge to have as a coaching staff. We really like the depth of this group. We feel as though we can be a four-line team and every line is participating. That’s what it takes to win in this league. We’re really pleased with where we’re at right now but by no means are we satisfied. … Right now, with the mindset of this group with the way we’re playing, we’re a competitive hockey team. Getting some of our guys healthy and back in the lineup I think creates an internal competition amongst our own group where there’s that internal push to be at your best. That’s a real neat dynamic to watch.”

• Crosby liked his team’s start:

“We came out hard. It doesn’t always work out that way. Sometimes, you don’t have a lead at all. But I think we executed really well. We had the right mentality coming out. Every line was forechecking hard, putting pressure on them. We put the puck in the back of the net when we had our chances. It doesn’t always happen that way but we were really opportunistic.”

• Dumoulin is high on the top line of Crosby, Guentzel and Simon:

“They’re moving the puck well. It’s been fun to watch. You can see they’re starting to really all get on the same page. They know what they’re doing. Their chemistry is great right now. They’re clicking. They’re the horse that drives us. They pin (opponents) in the offensive zone and get the (defensemen) tired.”

• After the morning skate, Crosby said his vision could be limited a bit by wearing a jaw protector. Considering he had three points, his vision seemed fine. He still felt it limited him:

“There was a few (times it was limited). On (Guentzel’s) goal, I would have normally had that one I’d like to think. A few around the net, when the puck is in your feet, that’s harder to pick up. For the most part, I think it helped as far as being comfortable with it. Haven’t used it for a good chunk of time.”

• Kahun suggested this wasn’t his best game:

“That’s how sports is. Sometimes you play great games and just nothing goes in. You get no points. Today, I think I played good but not as good as the last games. (But) I have three points. Sometimes, it just goes in.”

• Even without many points before this game, Sullivan was high on Kahun:

“We felt like he was getting better with every game. The last few games, when he didn’t score, he didn’t get a point, we thought he was making plays. Our advice was just to stay with it. Keep his confidence and just stay with it. It’s great for him that he’s getting rewarded on the scoresheet. He had another strong game tonight. He made some nice plays, he scores a goal for us.”

• Don’t forget Murray’s contributions to the Penguins’ play as of late. Dumoulin certainly isn’t:

“He’s seeing the puck really well right now. He’s got a lot of confidence. He’s making those timely save. And also, not leaving big rebounds out there which is huge for us defensemen in front of the net. He’s playing the puck really well too.”

• Sullivan assessed Dumoulin and Galchenyuk in their returns:

“They were fine. It’s not an easy thing. (Dumoulin) hadn’t missed much time so I think it was a little bit easier for him. Alex has missed a fair amount of time. He missed a fair amount of training camp. He’s missed a fair amount of the season. There’s going to be a little bit of an adjustment process for Alex. The first one for him was fine. Hopefully, with each game he gets under his belt, he just feels a little bit more comfortable, he gets his timing back, he gets his game conditioning back and he can be the player we know he’s capable (of being).