X-Man and 'Nique Can't Stop the Bleeding; Celtics Lose by 30 at Home
March 11, 1995
The Celtics have lost by more than 30 points at home seven times and only twice since 1970. But Xavier McDaniel is hoping that last night's 111-81 defeat against New Jersey will motivate them.
"Hopefully, the guys will play a little harder, a little more aggressively," McDaniel said. "We are definitely not out of this completely."
October 8, 1994
He was confused then. He is confused now. But yesterday Xavier McDaniel's audience was not a single reporter on the other end of the telephone, as it was in August.
Yesterday there were microphones and minicams and notebooks in front of him during the annual Celtics media day at Brandeis, taking down everything. Yesterday was the first official day of the feel-good M.L. Carr Administration, not summer vacation. Yesterday was probably not the time to question your role, your minutes or your future.
Human Highlight Film has become the Human Freeze Frame
February 2, 1995
This is no way to finish a brilliant career. Dominique Wilkins should still be in Atlanta, closing out his Hall of Fame run as a lovable legend-in-residence. There he would be permitted to shut it down with dignity, helping the young Hawks and maybe lighting the Olympic torch in the summer of 1996.
April 27, 1995
He also has been seen as an irritant to the coach, a defensive liability and a pouter on the bench. The one thing he has not been is a consistent, reliable scorer who causes fits for the opposition.
Nique Goes for 21 & 18 in Farewell Performance
May 6, 1995
He promised himself there would be nothing left when the game was over. It had been a painful season for Dominique Wilkins, more painful than anyone could ever imagine, and he had one last chance to erase all the hurt, and the disappointment, and the shattered expectations.
His winding journey in Celtic green and white briefly flashed before him in the third quarter, with Orlando up by 8 points and starting to pull away.
April 26, 1995
M.L. Carr does not feel like a prophet. Back in November, when he guaranteed his team would make the playoffs, he had something in mind other than 35 wins and a three-game losing streak to close out the regular season.
March 23, 1996
Mundt, a 6-foot-11-inch center/forward, agreed to a 10-day contract and was scheduled to arrive in Boston late last night, well after the Nuggets game, and practice today.
Injuries to Dino Radja, Eric Montross (who was placed on the injured list) and Doug Smith made getting some frontcourt help imperative. How much Mundt can help is another matter. He played only 118 minutes over 24 games as a reserve for the Hawks this season. Atlanta released him two weeks ago.
Mundt has bounced around since coming out of Delta State three years ago. The Hawks had him in camp three years ago but released him at the start of the 1993-94 season. He then went to Rockford of the CBA.
Last season he was in the Bucks organization as a film coordinator. He went back to Atlanta, signing with the Hawks last October, and averaged 1.3 points a game.
Montross was among the most durable Celtics during his rookie season. But he is now on the injured list for the second time this year after spraining his left ankle during the 112-90 loss to Orlando Wednesday.
Montross missed five games early this season with a left calf injury. Alton Lister is set to replace him.
"This means we will have to go with experience at center," coach M.L. Carr said. "It also gives some opportunities to the younger guys. Junior Burrough and Eric Williams will get more time on the floor."
Rauf not on hand
Denver guard Mahmoud Abdul-Rauf missed last night's game with a sprained right ankle. He had been limited by a left foot injury and injured his right foot during Thursday's game at New Jersey, for which extra security was provided because he said he had received death threats over his controversial stand not to acknowledge the national anthem. He returned to Denver yesterday.
Is something missing here? Like an X-ray?
Yesterday M.L. Carr said that while the team was aware Lister had some shoulder discomfort, it was surprised to discover that the 7-foot center would need surgery. Lister underwent the operation Wednesday and will be out until at least the All-Star break.
"We knew Alton had had some trouble there," Carr said, "but obviously, I did not know that there was a spur. He was working out and it was continuing to get worse, so we had it examined. But he had some shoulder problems last year."
Carr said he was in no hurry to sign another body. The Celtics are over the salary cap and are not eligible to use the $ 1 million exemption, so any new signee must come on board for the minimum salary of $ 247,500.
Carr also said that he will change captains for next year, replacing Dee Brown with Rick Fox. The reason? Brown wants out and a captain shouldn't be asking for a trade. "I think it's pretty obvious that Dee is looking to get out," said Carr, "and a captain has to be a team leader, not someone who is looking to get out." Fox, incidentally, is eligible for free agency after this season. Attempts to reach Brown were unsuccessful, although it was learned he had been informed that a change was forthcoming . . . The Robert Parish/Bulls contract talks are almost concluded, and an agreement could come today. The Chief will sign a two-year deal out of the $ 1 million slot with the second year not guaranteed. However, the deal will call for Year No. 2 or parts of it (valued at $ 1.15 million) to be guaranteed if Parish meets certain specifications this season
January 19, 1997
Szabo makes presence felt
Brett Szabo appears to be in the right place at the right time.
The Celtics signed the 6-foot-11-inch Szabo to a second 10-day contract Friday, giving the forward/center a vote of confidence despite his 1.5-point scoring average.
October 2, 1984
February 18, 1985
"He's been healthier than we had a right to expect before the season," Clippers Coact Jim Lynam said. "He's made a fine contribution, especially in his defensive rebounding and shot-blocking."
February 24, 1983
February 4, 1983
Other than that, Bill Walton, all 6-foot-11 of him, is virtually the same dominating center he was when he led the Portland Trail Blazers to the NBA championship six seasons ago. He is averaging 13.8 points, 10.1 rebounds and 3.3 assists, and shooting 50 percent while averaging 34 minutes a game. He is second in the league with 3.7 blocked shots a game.
December 6, 1983
Walton broke a finger Sunday in Los Angeles and will be out of action for two months.
November 29, 1984
"With (James) Donaldson coming off the bench for Walton that gives us a good one-two punch," said Clippers Coach Jim Lynam.
November 8, 1983
January 8, 1985
There wasn't much Jazz in the Utah attack Monday night, in fact coach Frank Layden said it was the Los Angeles Clippers who were making the music.
Forward Marques Johnson returned to action following a finger and a hamstring injury and scored 20 points to lead the Clippers to an easy 116-106 victory over Utah. Guard Derek Smith added 19 for the winners, who led the entire game.
December 6, 1984
Walton, 32, tipped in a pair of misses by teammate Derek Smith in the final 32 seconds to give the Clippers a 110-106 victory Wednesday night.
General Manager Paul Phipps told newsmen in Pontiac, Mich., Friday night that Lakers general manager Jerry West had sounded him out about the 31-year-old Walton at the NBA All-Star game last Sunday.
February 28, 1984
Bill Walton, for the moment free of the injuries that limited his appearances with the San Diego Clippers to 47 games over the last four National Basketball Association seasons, is operating out of a new position at the age of 31.
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