8.20.2018

X-Man and 'Nique Can't Stop the Bleeding; Celtics Lose by 30 at Home



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."

8.19.2018

X-Man is Unhappy Camper



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.

8.18.2018

Human Highlight Film has become the Human Freeze Frame




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.

8.17.2018

Will Nique Make a Diff in Playoffs?

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April 27, 1995
He has been portrayed as the Celtics' answer to Jack Clark, symbolic of profligate, wasteful spending. He has been portrayed as the Celtics' answer to Norma Desmond, the retired silent screen star in "Sunset Boulevard" who defiantly states, "I am big! It's the pictures that got small."

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


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.

8.16.2018

A Little Q&A with ML

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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.

8.15.2018

Celtics Sign Mundt




March 23, 1996
With their front line dropping like flies, the Celtics yesterday called for some help. Todd Mundt was only too happy to oblige.

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.

8.14.2018

Alton Lister Already Out



September 20, 1996
Six weeks after signing Alton Lister to a one-year deal worth $ 500,000, the Celtics announced their soon-to-be-38-year-old center will miss half the season after undergoing shoulder surgery.

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

8.13.2018

Brett Szabo makes presence felt



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.

8.12.2018

Clippers Ink Bill Walton and Marques Johnson




October 2, 1984
Like his former college teammate Marques Johnson did two days earlier, veteran center BillWalton forecast big things for the Clippers this season after signing a contract with the National Basketball Association team.

8.11.2018

Foot Injury Interrupts Remarkable Return for Mountain Man




February 18, 1985
Before suffering another in a long series of foot and ankle injuries on Jan. 29, Bill Walton had enjoyed remarkable success with the Los Angeles Clippers this season.

"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."

8.10.2018

Walton Ensnared by Lawsuits




February 24, 1983
Bill Walton almost went on strike, simply because he had not been paid by the San DiegoClippers, which is less simply explained. The National Basketball Association franchise is enmeshed in a tangle of lawsuits and countersuits. First, the former owner, Ira Levin, and the current owner, Don Sterling, are suing each other over who has the responsibility to pay Walton. Levin, meanwhile, is suing Walton, saying the big center never told him he was injured when he signed with the club.

8.09.2018

Walton, with Surgically Rebuilt Foot, Attends Stanford Law




February 4, 1983
He's 30 years old now, plays for the San Diego Clippers, wears goggles and has a "new" left foot.

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. 

8.08.2018

Walton Breaks Finger; will be out of action for two months




December 6, 1983
James Donaldson, the massive reserve center obtained by the San Diego Clippers for just such an emergency, will be called upon to take the place of the injured Bill Walton for the next several weeks.

Walton broke a finger Sunday in Los Angeles and will be out of action for two months. 

8.07.2018

Walton Gives Clippers a Different Look




November 29, 1984
Center Bill Walton, working his way back into the lineup after yet another ailment, was welcomed addition to the Los Angeles Clippers' starting lineup.

"With (James) Donaldson coming off the bench for Walton that gives us a good one-two punch," said Clippers Coach Jim Lynam.

8.06.2018

Walton Decides This Is One of His Playing Nights




November 8, 1983
San Diego Clippers center Bill Walton, who had planned to skip tonight's game against the Washington Bullets at Capital Centre (7:35) in favor of playing Wednesday night against the Boston Celtics, will instead play here, a spokesman for the team said yesterday.

8.05.2018

With Walton Back, Clippers have some Talent


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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.

8.04.2018

Walton and Donaldson Post Win over Sampson and Olajuwon



January 17, 1985
Every time the Clippers meet the Houston Rockets and Twin Towers Akeem Olajuwon and Ralph Sampson, James Donaldson automatically wins back his starting center position since Bill Waltonmoves to power forward to form another set of Twin Towers.

8.03.2018

Walton Still Showing Flashes of Brilliance




December 6, 1984
Bill Walton doesn't score like he used to, but in the final moments of the Los Angeles Clippers'game against the Dallas Mavericks he sent out a reminder he was once the game's elite center.

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.

8.02.2018

Lakers Showing Interest in Mountain Man

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February 4, 1984
San Diego Clippers center Bill Walton is not on the trading block despite the fact the Los Angeles Lakers are interested in him, according to Clippers officials.

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. 

8.01.2018

Clippers Move Walton to Forward



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.

7.31.2018

Walton Comeback Underway



January 29, 1983
One thing hasn't changed from five years ago. At the end of a basketball game, Bill Walton is spent. Totally. ''There's one slight difference,'' Walton said. ''I'm getting to that point a lot quicker these days.'' There was a grin on his face. ''It's coming, slowly,'' Walton said of his game. ''I'm feeling better with each game.'' The Bill Walton comeback is no longer fantasy. It is in full swing. On Jan. 20, Walton was given permission by his orthopedist to train and play full time.

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