THE SALINA JOURNAL SPORTS MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 1996 B3 V PRO BASKETBALL V NATIONAL FOOTBALL LEAGUE NBA YEAR IN REVIEW 1995-96 Individual leaders Regular season averages per game SCORING Minimum 70 games or 1,<tOO points REBOUNDS Minimum 70 games or 800 rebounds iC 14.9 30.4 net Q j*4 jSjfcfcifiiajirit - 6 ft • 4 O 9 <CO.9 tJi nODtnVDilr 9»A. '< I*.* 26.6 &Mi^te,iJ«i 11.8 ASSISTS Minimum 70 games or 400 assists , 11.2 '9.7 9.6 9.6 STEALS Minimum 70 games or 125 steals , 2.85 2.62 M,UOfd«h,i3hl ' 2.19 FGs ATTEMPTED Minimum 70 games or 300 FQ made M.JOfdaW.Chl, 22.6 20.6 19.2 10.2 10.0 9.5 6. O'Neal, brt. BLOCKED SHOTS FTs ATTEMPTED Minimum 70 games or 100 blocked shots Minimum 70 games or 125 FT made D. Mulornba, Den. 4.49 S.Bwdfey.NJ. 3.65 D. Robinson, S.A, 3.31 TURNOVERS Mln. 70 games or 200 turnovers d.Kldd.Dal. , 4.0S 8. Kemp, Sea. 3.99 D.Stoudamlrs.Tor, 3.81 49ers, Packers overcome injuries; Jets finally win 3-POINTFGsATTEMTED Minimum 70 games or 50 3QM 8.6 rVt.etayldck.Atl. D.8oott,0rl. > 7.7 7.7 • NBA Champions Chicago Bulls • Most Valuable Player Michael Jordan, Chicago • Rookie of the Year Damon Stoudamlre, Toronto • Coach of the Year Phil Jackson, Chicago Average ticket prices Average players' salaries 270-140 Source: NBA; STATS Inc. No. 1 draft picks 1996 Allen Iverson, Phi. 1995 Joe Smith, G.S. 1994 Glenn Robinson, Mil. 1993 Chris Webber, G.S. 1992 Shaqullle O'Noal, Orl. 1991 Larry Johnson, Char. 1990 Derrick Coleman, N.J. 1989 Pen/is Ellison, Sac. 1988 Danny Manning, LA.CIIppers 1987 David Robinson, S.A. •90- '91- '92- '93- '94- '9591 92 93 94 95 '94- '96- '98- '0095 97 99 01 AP/ bd Ue Uase o Defending champions set for yet another title drive While contenders made moves to improve, Bulls kept nucleus in place By CHRIS SHERIDAN The Associated Press They spent the summer as the Sitting Bulls. Everyone else went out and spent megamillions trying to catch up with the NBA champions. The Lakers got Shaquille O'Neal, the Rockets got Charles Barkley, the Knicks got Larry Johnson, the Sonics got — well, the Sonics got Jim Mcllvaine. But more on that later. The Bulls, meanwhile, basically sat still and set themselves up for one more year of greatness by giving one-year contracts to Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman and coach Phil Jackson. ,,The team that won an NBA record 72 games last season will look almost exactly the same when the season opens Friday and the league celebrates its 50th anniversary. But after this year, the Bulls as we've known them may cease to exist. "Personally, I'm just here to do one more year with this team. It'll be as en- 1888 Preview joyable and creative, hopefully, as last year was," said Jackson, who realizes the salary structure of the NBA has gone berserk, even for coaches. He will be a free agent next summer, as will Jordan after his $30 million, one-year deal expires, as will Rodman after his $9 million, oiie-year deal is done. "We understand the process of what's going on in the game. All 'the players are attuned to it," Jackson said. "I don't think anybody in their right mind in the NBA these days really thinks in terms of multiple years or long durations. It's basically what have you done for me lately and what can you do for me this year that matters." With that in mind, Jackson opened training camp this fall by setting a challenge: To somehow 'duplicate the season they had year, even though they won't necessarily match or surpass the standard of success they set with tKeir record-setting victory total. *"At the team meeting to start off the exhibition season, we talked a bit about how we have the capability and opportunity to do this — and that we have to make the most of it," he said. "The players all responded with acknowledgement of that being the focus." It won't be easy, especially if the Bulls start the season strong and get people talking about 72 — or 73 — victories. "Everybody will be shooting for them again, and it only gets tougher for someone on top of the world," Washington Bullets coach Jim Lynam said. Lynam's team was one of several that made dramatic moves this summer to try to improve. The Bullets acquired Rod Strickland and Harvey Grant from the Trail Blazers, signed free agent shooting guard Tracy Murray and re-signed Juwan Howard to a $101 million, seven-year contract after the NBA voided Howard's earlier free agent deal with the Miami Heat. With Chris Webber and Gheorghe Muresan around, the Bullets figure to be the most improved team in the Eastern Conference — if everyone stays healthy. Mure- san has been sidelined by nagging injuries over the first three weeks of training camp. The New York Knicks have added Johnson, Allan Houston, Buck Williams and Chris Childs, and the Orlando Magic, despite losing Shaq, still have Penny Hardaway, Nick Anderson, Horace Grant and Dennis Scott, who will be happy to divide up the 20 shots O'Neal used to take. Before re-signing Reggie Miller, the Indiana Pacers also retooled some parts, replacing point guard Mark Jackson with Jalen Rose and Travis Best and adding Reggie Williams to the mix. In the Western Conference, the SuperSonics demonstrated just how crazy the free-agent frenzy had become when they gave Mcll- vaine, a 24-year-old center whose career average as a backup is 2.1 points and 2.5 rebounds, a $32 million, seven-year contract. Add Gary Payton's $84 million, seven-year deal, and it's no wonder Shawn Kemp — the best player on the team — was left feeling vastly underpaid at $3 million this season. To make his point, Kemp held out for the first three weeks of camp. Seattle, which quietly won 64 games last year and then buried its reputation for stinking up the playoffs, still appears to be the team to beat in the West — even with a discontented Kemp. The Sonics' strongest challenge should come from the Lakers, Photos by the Associated Press Los Angeles Lakers' Shaqullle O'Neal (left with ball) is a familiar face in a new place, while the Philadelphia 76ers made Allen Iverson (top center) the top pick in this past year's draft. Rockets and Jazz. Los Angeles signed O'Neal for $120 million to begin a new era that should finally make people stop longing for the days of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson. The Lakers won 53 games last season but self-destructed toward the end after Johnson came out of retirement and threw himself into an already volatile mix of young players. Houston gave up several components of its 1994 and '95 championship teams when it sent Robert Horry, Sam Cassell, Chucky Brown and Mark Bryant to the Phoenix Suns for Barkley. Coming off one of the best years of his career, Barkley will team with Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler to form a trio of All-Stars that should match up with any other team's three best players. Only Karl Malone's two missed foul shots in Game 7 of the conference finals kept the Jazz from making the NBA Finals. If Utah can pull off a trade for a legitimate center, or if Greg Ostertag is as ready as Jerry Sloan thinks he is, the Jazz have a fair shot at duplicating — or bettering — last season's success. Malone and Jeff Hornacek are 33 and teammate John Stockton will be 35, but the rest of the NBA is younger than ever. A pair of 18-year-olds will play straight out of high school — Kobe Bryant with the Lakers and Jermaine O'Neal with Portland. Shareef Abdur-Rahim, a 19-year- old who left Cal after his freshman season, will play for Vancouver. Stephen Marbury, 19, who left Georgia Tech after one year, will play the point for Philadelphia. And Kevin Garnett, 20, and Joe Smith, 21, will be veterans. From time to time, their paths will cross with the Bulls. They'll play against Jordan, 33; Rodman, 35; Ron Harper, 32; and 43- year-old Robert Parish, who opted to put off retirement for a while longer in pursuit of another championship ring. Concussion sidelines Young; Green Bay loses another wide receiver By The Associated Press The San Francisco 49ers lost Steve Young once more, and won again. The Green Bay Packers lost another receiver, and won again, while Jimmy Johnson and the Miami Dolphins got hammered in his first reunion with the Dallas Cowboys. Young got a concussion on the third play of the game and was replaced by Jeff Brohm, who completed a 20-yard touchdown pass to Terrell Owens with 4:27 left Sunday as the 49ers rallied for a 10-9 victory at Houston. The Packers, who lost top receivers Sterling Sharpe for all of last year and Robert Brooks for the rest of this season, had to rely on their ground game in a 13-7 victory over Tampa Bay after Antonio Freeman broke his left forearm in the first quarter, an injury that will sideline him 4-6 weeks. Dallas (5-3) scored 20 straight points in the second half to beat Miami 29-10 after trailing 10-9 at halftime. Defensive end Chris Doleman was outstanding in the fourth quarter for the 49ers, with a third-down sack and an interception on the Oilers' final offensive play. Al Del Greco's field goals of 38, 56 and 39 yards had the Oilers (5-3) leading 9-3 until Brohm finally got the 49ers (6-2) going with a 49-yard completion to running back Terry Kirby, setting up the go-ahead score. Brohm connected with Owens on a third-and-7 from the Oilers 20. "This is why they're a championship team," Brohm said. "No matter who is in there, we can pull it out. I probably haven't been this exhausted in my whole career." Last week, Young came off the bench despite a painful groin injury, and San Francisco scored the winning touchdown against Cincinnati in the final minutes after the 49ers trailed 21-0. "I think Jeff Brohm showed what a great system and personnel they have," Oilers coach Jeff Fisher said. "Our defense played hard, but the 49ers made two big plays to beat us." Brohm, a free-agent signee. who had completed two of four passes this season, was forced into the game because Elvis Grbac, the 49ers' backup quarterback, was inactive with a shoulder injury. "The team kept sticking together," 49ers coach George Seifert said. "Brohm did a heck of a job. To, stay in there to battle, to scramble, to not make the costly errors, he did what he had to do. It's one of those deals where we just had to hang in there." Chicago is at Minnesota tonight. Packers 13, Buccaneers 7 Brett Favre, who leads the NFL with 21 touchdown passes, didn't throw for a touchdown for the first time since Nov, 5,1995, a span of 17 games, including the playoffs. He was just 19-of-31 for 178 yards and an interception. But Edgar Bennett rushed 20 times folB93 yards and Dorsey Levens ran seven times for 21 yards and a touchdown for the Packers (7-1). The Bucs (1-7) closed to 13-7 when Trent Dilfer hit tight end Dave Moore with an 11-yard The Associated Press Houston Oilers quarterback Steve McNair is brought down by San Francisco's Bryant Young and Dana Stubblefield during the fourth quarter of Sunday's game. The 49ers rallied for a 10-9 win. touchdown pass with 5:28 to play. Jets 31, Cardinals 21 Adrian Murrell rushed for 191 yards, including a 79-yarder to the 2 that set up the clinching touchdown as New York won for the first time in nine tries this season. The Jets, who had lost 12 straight overall, also got a strong game from rookie Keyshawn Johnson, who had seven catches, including a 34-yard scoring reception. Arizona fell to 3-5. Eagles 20, Panthers 9 Ty Detmer passed for a career- high 342 yards and a touchdown, while Irving Fryar, who caught eight passes for 116 yards and four touchdowns last week, caught seven passes for 143 yards for Philadelphia (6-2). Ricky Watters, averaging 107 rushing yards, was limited to 33 by Carolina (5-3), but he did score the Eagles' other touchdown on a 3-yard run. Redskins 31, Colts 16 Terry Allen rushed for 124 yards and had his second consecutive three-touchdown game, while Brian Mitchell returned a punt 71 yards for Washington (7-1), extending its winning streak to seven. Indianapolis (5-3), which has loss three of four after a 4-0 start, had 185 yards and 13 points at halftime, but only 113 yards and a field goal in the second half. Patriots 28, Bills 25 New England (5-3) scored two touchdowns in the last 1:25 to defeat Buffalo (5-3), which made it close with a TD of its own with 24 seconds left. Curtis Martin got the go-ahead touchdown on a 10-yard run. Then, with Jim Kelly trying to lead his 24th successful fourth- quarter comeback, Willie McGinest returned the first interception of his career 46 yards for another touchdown with 41 seconds remaining. Ravens 37, Rams 31 Vinny Testaverde threw a 22- yard touchdown pass to Michael Jackson with 10 seconds left in overtime as Baltimore avoided the first NFL tie in seven years. The Ravens (3-5) won despite committing four turnovers and missing two field goals and a conversion. The Rams (2-6) also had four turnovers, blew a 14-point lead in the second half and botched a field-goal try in overtime. Giants 35, Lions 7 New York snapped Detroit's 10- game home winning streak by forcing six turnovers. The Giants secondary picked off five passes and helped hold Barry Sanders of Detroit (4-4) to 47 yards on 16 carries. The Giants (3-5) also recovered one fumble and blocked a punt for a safety. Steelers 20, Falcons 17 For the second straight week, Atlanta came close to knocking off one of the best teams in the NFL, only to fall short in the fourth quarter. Norm Johnson kicked a 20-yard field as time ran out, giving Pittsburgh (6-2) the victory and sending the winless Falcons to their eighth straight loss. • Bengals 28, Jaguars 21 Jeff Blake threw a touchdown pass and Ki-Jana Carter ran for two scores in Bruce Coslet's coaching debut for Cincinnati. The Bengals (2-6) broke their season-long pattern of folding at the end, scoring 21 fourth-quarter points to get Coslet a win in his first game since replacing Dave Shula. Jacksonville (3-6) tied its franchise record with five sacks of Jeff Blake. Seahawks 32, Chargers 13 Seattle, which had eight takeaways in the first seven games, intercepted four passes from Sean Salisbury and recovered a fumble. The five turnovers resulted in 23 points for the Seahawks (3-5), who won for the first time in four home games. San Diego (4-4) couldn't overcome playing without injured stars Junior Seau and Stan Humphries. Chiefs / Defense yields 499 yards FROM PAGE B1 A plodding Chiefs offense managed only 232 yards and no points. Steve Bono, pressured repeatedly by the Denver defense, was frequently off-target with his throws and also was victimized by numerous drops. He threw two end- zone interceptions, and the Chiefs' other scoring threat ended on downs at the Denver 21-yard line with 4:17 left. Kansas City (5-3) got its lone score on Tamarick Vanover's 97-yard kickoff return in the first quarter. Denver, which came into the game as the NFL's top offense averaging 396 yards, rang up 499. "Until today, we really hadn't played a complete football game," Denver coach Mike Shanahan said. "Today is an example of what we can accomplish when we do. To control the tempo against a fine football team which has dominated the AFC West for the last three years was what we've been looking for." "I'd like to think that this was an aberration," Schottenheimer said. "I don't know what happened. All I know is the team in the other locker room played bet- The Associated Press One Kansas City highlight in Sunday's loss to Denver was Tamar- ick Vanover's 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. ter than us. It's disappointing to lose a game like this in the middle of the season. "We moved the ball some but weren't able to finish anything off. We had two balls intercepted in the end zone, a botched field goal and some missed patterns. It was a complete breakdown for players and coaches alike." After Rod Smith returned a punt 20 yards to near midfield, Denver needed just two plays to score its first TD — a 46-yard pass from Elway to Sharpe, who beat linebacker Anthony Davis. Smith, seeing his first action as a punt returner since breaking a collarbone in the preseason, returned his next punt 36 yards to the Kansas City 34, and Jason Elam kicked a 40-yard field goal. The Chiefs cut the deficit to 10-7 when Vanover made his long kickoff return down the left side. But Denver responded with a 70-yard scoring drive, ending with Elway's id-yard TD throw to Sharpe, who had gotten behind linebacker Derrick Thomas. Denver went 59 yards for another touchdown late in the half. Elway hit Miller on a 16-yard pass on third-and-13, then scrambled for 22 yards on second-and-21. Anthony Sherrard then scored his first touchdown as a Bronco. Pete Stoyanovich missed a 54- yard field goal try in the third quarter for the Chiefs.
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