Posted: Thursday June 22, 2000 09:16 AM
CNN/SI's PAT KIRWAN (6/20) -- Does it pay to get paid?:
"By the way, once the Redskins set a price to watch practice, every team in the league will park a scout at every session. Right now clubs can only scout other teams at events that charge admission. I know two teams prepared to hire part-time scouts to sit at every Redskins practice. Do the math: 20 practices with 3,000 paid fans at $10 each and 1,000 cars per practice at $10 equals $800,000. Is it worth $800,000 to disenchant fans and give opponents 20 closeup looks at your practices? I don't think so."
CNNSI.com's Marty Burns (6/21):
"Yes, we know, it's premature to use the D-word about these Lakers. After all, they were somewhat fortunate to get past the Pacers in the Finals...But as shaky as the Lakers played, they are still the champs. And that's scary. Because if the Lakers, with all their warts, can win the NBA title now, what's going to happen over the next few years? ...Give Phil Jackson and his staff a couple more years to add a real power forward and a professional three-point shooter, and we could be looking at a Bulls/49ers/Yankees juggernaut all over again."
CNN/SI’s KEVIN LOUGHERY on the NBA Finals (6/15):
“The Lakers really need to put away the series in Game 5; they’ve got to win it; they don’t need to wait to go home. In the playoffs, the Lakers barely held on after being up 3-1 [against Portland]. In all honesty, Portland should have been in the Finals…The Lakers seem to lack that real killer instinct that they need… RICE needs to step up and have a big game. I don’t think the turmoil is making him nervous, but it’s having an effect. I coached GLEN RICE for 4 years and he was always the focal point; he needs plays to be run through him. Here, he’s the third option…He’ll be gone next year. He and his wife have a home in Miami…so Miami is an option.”
CNN/SI’s FRED HICKMAN (6/15) on Rice:
“Phil is the coach, Glen is not the star - coach wins...Scottie Pippen was always a little ticked with the Bulls, but winning cured everything then and can do the same in Los Angeles.”
CNN/SI’s OZZIE SMITH (6/14) - How would the loss of Sosa impact the Cubs?:
“Of course, the impact is going to be tremendous. People come to Wrigley Field these days to see Sammy Sosa, so surely it's going to have an effect on them. But the Cubs are going nowhere, so they've got to do something that's going to allow them to make some progress.”
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