Sonics Update

  • Thursday, December 7, 2000 9:00pm
  • Sports

Herald Staff

  • Opponent: Los Angeles Lakers

  • When: 7:30 p.m.

  • Where: Staples Center, Los Angeles

  • TV: KONG (Ch. 6/16)

  • Radio: KJR (950 AM)

  • Probable starters: For Seattle – forwards Jelani McCoy (6 feet 10 inches) and Rashard Lewis (6-10), center Patrick Ewing (7-0), guards Emanual Davis (6-5) and Gary Payton (6-4). For Los Angeles – forwards Horace Grant (6-10) and Rick Fox (6-7), center Shaquille O’Neal (7-1), guards Kobe Bryant (6-7) and Ron Harper (6-6).

  • Next game: Houston at Seattle, 7 p.m. Saturday.

  • Medical report: Not only were their egos bruised, but the Sonics were a bit battered in body after Wednesday’s 112-99 loss to Detroit. Thursday’s mid-morning practice was brief since “everybody had heavy legs and a bunch of people were sore,” coach Nate McMillan said.

    One player who did not participate in the workout was guard Gary Payton. He was suffering from a sore back, an ailment that has bothered Payton at times in his NBA career. Payton, who was excused from the session, is expected to be ready for the Lakers tonight.

    Another player still nagged by injury is forward Vin Baker, who practiced Thursday but is still not 100 percent. Baker missed weekend games against Denver and Golden State with a right leg injury, though he was able to play against the Pistons.

  • The next Michael? He is not only one of the NBA’s top scorers, he is one of its most dynamic players. Kobe Bryant is, in a word, special.

    “He has that sort of swagger and attitude and the approach,” McMillan said. “He also has the athletic ability and the God-given talent to do it, and that’s a dangerous combination for opposing teams.

    “He has,” McMillan added, “everything to be Michael (Jordan).”

  • Staying the same: Though he was plainly unhappy with his team’s effort in Wednesday’s game, McMillan said he will stay with the same starting lineup he has used in the five previous games for tonight’s meeting with the Lakers.

  • Trivia question: The Lakers have retired the jersey numbers of seven players. Who are they? (Hint: here are the numbers – 13, 22, 25, 32, 33, 42 and 44)

  • La-la land: Surprisingly, perhaps, the Sonics have fared well on the road against the Lakers in recent seasons. Only once since the 1991-92 season has Seattle failed to win at least one game a year at the Forum/Staples Center. That was in 1995-96, when the Sonics were 0-2 in LA against the Lakers. Seattle has split the two-game series in each of the past four seasons, and has a 10-10 record at LA since ‘91-92.

  • Trivia answer: Wilt Chamberlain (13), Elgin Baylor (22), Gail Goodrich (25), Earvin “Magic” Johnson (32), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (33), James Worthy (42) and Jerry West (44).

    Talk to us

  • More in Sports

    Jackson High School is awarded the 2023 WIAA class 4A softball championship trophy in Richland, Wash., on Sat., May 27. (TJ Mullinax/for The Herald)
    Jackson wins state title over GP after game called by weather

    The Timberwolves win 5-1 to hoist their third state softball trophy since 2018 after a game that ended in unusual fashion.

    Golf no art.
    Scores after Round 2 of 92nd Snohomish County Amateur

    Daniel Kim carries a three-shot lead into the final round on Monday at Everett Golf and County Club.

    Lake Stevens’ Grant Buckmiller takes a peek at the clock as he runs to the title in the 4A boys 200 meter dash during the WIAA State Track and Field Championships on Saturday, May 27, 2023, at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
    State track: Lake Stevens sprinter Buckmiller blazes to multiple titles

    Also, Kamiak’s Kalia Estes and Jaedyn Chase claim championships and more on local title winners and state placers.

    State tournaments roundup for Saturday, May 27

    State tournaments roundup for Saturday, May 27: SOFTBALL 4A State Tournament At… Continue reading

    A Snohomish player slides safe into third during the 3A softball championship game between Snohomish and Peninsula at the Lacey-Thurston County Regional Athletic Complex in Olympia, Washington on Saturday, May 27, 2023. Snohomish lost, 4-1. (Annie Barker / The Herald)
    Snohomish falls in 3A softball title game, takes 2nd place

    The Panthers make a run to the state championship tilt, but lose to top-seeded Peninsula 4-1.

    Golf no art.
    Scores from Round 1 of the 92nd Snohomish County Amateur

    Koen Solis and Daniel Kim each shoot 67 and are tied for a three-shot lead after the opening round at Legion Memorial.

    Kamiak’s Jaquan Means reacts to winning heat 3 of the boys 110 meter hurdle finals at Mount Tahoma High School in Tacoma, Washington on Friday, May 26, 2023.  (Annie Barker / The Herald)
    State track roundup: Kamiak’s Means wins 4A 110m hurdles title

    Wesco runners finish with the top three times in the event, plus a roundup of the rest of the local action from Day 2.

    Edmonds-Woodway boys soccer overpowered by No. 1 Lincoln

    The Warriors fall in the 3A state semifinals 6-1 and will face No. 7 Lakeside in the third-place game at 10 a.m. Saturday.

    State softball.
    4A state softball roundup: Jackson, GP reach semifinals

    Both teams survive quarterfinal nail-biters to keep state-title hopes alive; Kamiak remains alive in consolation bracket.

    Most Read