The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on November 1, 1996 · Page 22
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CB FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 1996 SPORTS THE SALINA JOURNAL T PRO BASKETBALL NBA season tips off tonight Twenty-two games this season teams will wear retro uniforms to honor league's 50th anniversary By CHRIS SHERIDAN The Assnrinlnl /'res When millions of Americans and Canadians sit down in their easy chairs tonight for the first televised NBA game of the season, the newest thing they'll see will look like something from 50 years ago. The New York Knicks and Toronto Raptors will be wearing old-fashioned uniforms to commemorate the NBA's 50th anniversary. It will be the first of 22 games this season in which teams go retro. The New York- Toronto game comes 50 years to the date the first Basketball Association of America contest was played between the Knickerbockers and the Toronto Huskies on a hardwood floor laid over the ice at Maple Leaf Gardens. This time, the floor will be laid over the as- troturf of the SkyDome. And the Raptors, instead of wearing their usual red, white and purple outfits, will be wearing plain white jerseys with "Huskies" written across the front in blue letters. New York also will wear replica uniforms with light blue lettering outlined in orange against a blue background. "Really? I didn't know. This is the first I've heard of it," Knicks coach Jeff Van Gundy said Thursday. "I'm always the last guy to know." The Golden State Warriors, Washington Bullets, Detroit Pistons, Philadelphia 76ers, Boston Celtics, Los Angeles Lakers, San Antonio Spurs and Seattle SuperSonics will also wear retro uniforms occasionally during the first half of the season. With so many familiar faces playing in new places, it's an interesting twist to a season that promises to be a curious mix of old and new Shaquille O'Neal will be wearing the purple and gold colors of the Lakers and The Forum in Inglewood, Calif., will be packed with celebrities again tonight when Los Angeles plays the Charles Barkley-less Phoenix Suns. That game, too, will be televised nationally in the U.S. on cable. It's one of 97 — not counting the All-Star game — that will be shown on NBC, TNT and TBS this season. O'Neal's free agent move to the Lakers, who gave him a $120 million, seven-year contract, was the biggest story in a summer filled with personnel changes around the league. Barkley has moved over to the Houston Rockets, who have only two players remaining from the team that won the first of its two consecutive championships in 1994. The Rockets open at home against the Sacramento Kings tonight, the busiest night of the entire season with 14 games scheduled. The Charlotte Hornets are the only team that won't be playing. In other games, it's Chicago at Boston, Cleveland at New Jersey, Milwaukee at Philadelphia, Washington at Orlando, Atlanta at Miami, Indiana at Detroit, San Antonio at Minnesota. Dallas at Denver, Seattle at Utah, the Los Angeles Clippers at Golden State and Portland at Vancouver. Another 10 games will be played Saturday night and four more Sunday. The moves of O'Neal ancT Barkley are just two of dozens that teams made in an effort to catch up to the Chicago Bulls, who return basically the same team that won a record 72 games last season before winning their fourth championship in six years. After missing most of the exhibition season, Scottie Pippen will be in the starting lineup alongside Michael Jordan, Dennis Rodman, Luc Longley and Ron Harper. The newest face on Chicago's bench will also be the oldest. Robert Parish, who on Wednesday was named one of the 50 greatest players in NBA history, will coax his 43-year-old body out for another season of the sport he used to play alongside Larry Bird, Rick Barry, Gus Williams and Jo Jo White. The Seattle SuperSonics, last season's Western Conference champions, will have Jim Mcllvaine playing center beside an unhappy Shawn Kemp, who made the mistake of signing a long-term contract two years ago before the league's salary structure became so inflated over the summer. Among the players who were traded or switched teams for lucrative contracts worth tens of millions of dollars are Dikembe Mu- tombo (Atlanta), Rod Strickland (Bullets), Larry Johnson (Knicks), Anthony Mason (Hornets), Kenny Anderson (Trail Blazers), Ervin Johnson (Nuggets) and Sam Cassell (Suns). T PRO FOOTBALL Sites selected for future Super Bowls Miami, Atlanta, Tampa to play host to NFLs 1999-2001 title games By The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS — The Super Bowl took on a distinct southern flavor Thursday as Miami. Atlanta and Tampa walked away with the NFL's title game for 1999-2001. NFL owners agreed that Miami will be the site of the 1999 game. Atlanta will have the 2000 game and Tampa, which had essentially been promised a Super Bowl by commissioner Paul Tagliabue after agreeing to build a new stadium, will get the 2001 game. "I think Tampa made the owners aware that the city had made a great commitment to the NFL," Tagliabue said after the decision to award a third Super Bowl. Originally the owners planned to name only the hosts for the 1999 and 2000 games, but added the third to accommodate both Atlanta and Tampa. "Atlanta has shown it can host the Super Bowl," said mayor Bill Campbell. "We've shown we can handle big events and that our people know how to make visitors feel at home. Look at what we've done in the last decade ending with the Olympics and the World Series this year." Atlanta was host to a Super Bowl in 1994. Miami felt it had also proven itself. "The show is going to the pro," said Nicki Grossman, vice chairman of the South Florida Super Bowl Task Force. "We know how to put on a Super Bowl and we plan to make it great." Miami and Tampa had been considered the favorites going in. Arizona was the only other candidate. The proximity to last year's game, which was.in Phoenix, was probably the main factor in not selecting Arizona, Tagliabue said. Bulls try to repeat without Jack Haley Some people tuning into the start of the NBA season will wonder whether something is wrong with the set. Others will wonder if rotisserie-league freaks staged a coup and replaced commissioner David Stern. The answer is neither. Between trades and rookie signings, more than 100 players wound up on new teams. They ranged from some of the best-known names to the most obscure. All told, enough players moved to make baseball look stable by comparison. This is what happens when a league makes the kind of money the NBA did. This is not necessarily progress. More player movement means less loyalty all around and, so far, the increasing influx of younger players has tended to mean more snots. About the best news is that for all those player changes, only three are important enough to affect the outcome of the coming season. Posed in the form of questions, in descending order of importance, they would be: • Now that he's through playing general manager, can Charles Barkley still play well enough to win a title? • For a guy who couldn't handle Mickey Mouse-level distractions in Orlando, can Shaq really hope to do better in Los Angeles? • Can Chicago win another title with Dennis Rodman but without Jack Haley? "I've never been his baby sitter or spokesman," said Haley, waived Tuesday by Milwaukee and seeking employment as of this writing. "To this day," he continued, "I have never talked to (Bulls coach) Phil Jackson about Dennis Rodman in any capacity," Anybody who watched the Bulls run through the rest of the league en route to a 72-10 season and the championship assumed Haley was in Chicago for a purpose. He was always seated near Rodman on the bench and, for all but one game, immaculately dressed in street clothes. Haley now says he wasn't hired as a baby sitter. Or an aspiring JIM LITKE The Associated Press model. But that doesn't mean he didn't play a significant role in the Bulls' success. An educated guess is that it was something similar to the role he played in his first go- round in Chicago, before Rodman was there. That was as Michael Jordan's pigeon for card games and the like. The truth is, people who gamble need someone they can beat if they gamble often enough. Given Jordan's reputation for gambling often and poorly, the presence of a cheerful pigeon should not be underestimated. So will Haley's departure be enough to tip the balance of power? Not to LA. Shaq's shift from East Coast to West will make a much bigger stir in the entertainment business than the basketball business. Hope the new set of commercials contain plenty of actual footage of the big fella practicing free throws. (How they'll get it is another matter). But if championships were the only thing on Shaq's mind, he would never have left behind the supporting cast in Orlando. The Magic won 20 of the 28 games O'Neal missed last sea- Rider cited for marijuana possession By The Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. — Isaiah "J.R." Rider, who has said he looked forward to a fresh start in Portland, has been cited for possession of marijuana less than two days before he is to play in his first Trail Blazers game. Rider, 25, was cited at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday when sheriff's deputies found him sitting in the back seat of a car parked alongside a highway in Lake Oswego, an affluent suburb south of Port- land. "They observed Mr. Rider holding a pop can and a lighter near his mouth," Clackamas County sheriff's spokesman Damon Coates said. "Deputies seized the items and found the can to be converted into a smoking device, which contained a small amount of marijuana." Rider, already suspended for tonight's season opener because he missed the team's final exhibition game last Sunday, said after Thursday's practice that he was only sitting in someone else's car. "The bottom line is I happened to be a back seat passenger in someone's car," Rider said, "but I'm a big name. The cops didn't find a damn thing on me. But I'm a big name. I happened to be in someone else's car, so it's kind of messed up." Coach P.J. Carlesimo said Rider still would play Saturday night at Seattle and no decision would be made on any action against the star guard until the team investigates. Vote Divine for Congress ohn Divine * Knows it's wrong to use public elected position for personal gain. (His lawyer opponent has collected more than $350,000 in legal fees from the Insurance Department he supposedly regulates.) Believes we must balance the budget and reduce the national debt first and then target tax cuts. if Believes that amount of money spent on campaigns is criminal. Unlike his opponent, Divine has refused PAC money and will make campaign reform, including term limits and no pensions for Federal elected officials, a top priority. if Takes a firm stand on protecting our water supply and rural way of life. The Choice is Yours! VOTE DIVINE Paid tor by Divine for Congress Committee, Shirley Jacques, Treasurer. P.O. Box 2544 • Salina • KS • 67402 son against tougher competition. And right now, no two Lakers equate to one Penny Hardaway. That's why Los Angeles won't get out of the Western Conference. And why the Rockets will. Unlike Shaq, Barkley's move to Houston will unite him with another great player for the first time in his career. Two, in fact. Chuck will be 34 by the time February rolls around and, while he can no longer pull a team along by himself, this season he won't have to. Hakeem Olajuwon and Clyde Drexler will see to that. "We got an old team," Barkley said. "That ain't no big deal to me." It shouldn't be to anyone else, either. For all the reshuffling everyone else did, Chicago's only significant move — other than letting Haley go — was signing Robert Parish, the oldest player in the league. That means the Bulls actually got older. As to whether it also wrecked the team chemistry — with Rodman, an already fragile commodity — remains to be seen. Phil Jackson wouldn't speculate. 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