Lakers I Miss: Rick Fox

Jeff Skibiski —  July 26, 2010

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As this latest potential Lakers dynasty rounds into shape, I got to thinking about one of the most beloved players from the team’s last three-peat bid—Rick Fox. The former UNC grad was a critical component of three championship squads and will always be remembered fondly for his seven years of service with the forum blue and gold. While this current Lakers group relies on the likes of Derek Fisher for locker room leadership, the Lakers teams at the beginning of the decade had several savvy veteran leaders with which to rely—and none with a smile brighter than Mr. Cool, Calm and Collected.

In a true testament to his lasting impact during his L.A. tenure, most fans have either forgotten or are willing to dismiss the fact that Fox played the first six years of his career in Celtics green after being drafted by Boston with the 24th pick in the First Round in the 1991 NBA Draft. During his seven years with the Lakers, Foxy averaged nearly 10 points per game in 25 minutes, while also pulling down nearly four rebounds and shooting 35% from beyond the arc. Though his numbers never quite matched his 15 points per game average in his final year with the C’s in 1996-97, Rick unselfishly took a backseat on offense, recognizing his role in the team’s budding title hopes. However, Fox stepped to the forefront on defense and was one of the premier defenders at his position throughout his career.

Relive some of Fox’s greatest moments as a Laker in this fan video (Sorry for the low quality…I don’t think they had HD during Rick’s day).

His impact on and off the court can’t be measured on stat sheets though, as it was often the even-keeled Canadian small forward who served as a voice of reason when inner turmoil between Kobe, Shaq and the like threatened to derail the team’s title dreams. Like Derek Fisher, Robert Horry and Brian Shaw, Fox also had a knack for performing well in the clutch, even if he doesn’t get as much publicity for his late-game heroics as his former teammates. In fact, the Lakers might not have held on to win their first title of the new decade had it not been for Fox’s key buckets down the stretch of the deciding Game 6 of 2000 NBA Finals against the Pacers. At the end of the day, Fox was a player who was trusted by both Coach Jackson and teammates and you’d be hard-pressed to find a more consummate professional during his 13 years in the league.

Maybe even more than his leadership, fans and critics alike revered Rick for his willingness to mix it up against opponents—most notably in a 2002 pre-season game at STAPLES Center against the Sacramento Kings. Only two minutes into an exhibition game between the heated rivals, Fox and Christie jostled with one another, leading to a memorable fight in the alley on the way to the locker room—a battle that foreshadowed the teams’ epic seven-game series in that year’s Western Conference Finals. Aspiring actor or not, Rick’s grit and flare for the dramatic provided a huge spark for a team whose success hinged primarily on the play of Kobe and Shaq.

Recent additions Ron Artest and Matt Barnes undoubtedly embody a lot of Fox’s strengths, but the uncanny poise and class displayed by Rick still stand out to this day. Fox was a true winner at every level—not only leading the 1991 Tar Heels to the NCAA Final Four, but proving himself as an invaluable piece of a back-to-back-to back championship squad. Though he’s still as visible as ever off the basketball floor, his contributions on it will never be forgotten.

Jeff Skibiski

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71 responses to Lakers I Miss: Rick Fox

  1. Fox was also huge in game 7 of the ’02 WCF in Sacramento (an often overlooked classic from the Shaq/Kobe era) – a double-double, key free throws, great D – a championship performance in an extremely hostile environment.

  2. Great write-up — Fox was the epitome of a role player you want on a championship team.

    Anyone see him on Pros vs Joes last week? True to form, he took a hard charge from Donovan McNabb *during the introductions*!

  3. I also miss Fox’s post game interviews. He was one of the most articulate players in the league. Given an era in sports when referring to one’s self in the third person and ducking questions by restating the obvious (“both teams played hard, my man”) was commonplace, it was refreshing.

    In a related note: A Lakers player that I do not miss: Doug Christie.

  4. Shout out to Ron Harper!

  5. Fox was before my time as a Lakers fan, but I’ve heard enough about him to have some (admittedly limited) understanding of what he meant to his team. Thanks for fleshing out the details! :)

  6. Wow Mimsy, you make me feel old.

  7. I’ll always remember Foxy for the velcro defense he played on Stojakovic during the 2001 beatdown. He was all over Peja every single second he was on the court – a huge reason the Lakers won that series so handily.

  8. you’re only as old as your memories.
    – a George Mikan fan
    (but I repeat myself)

  9. Rick Fox never played for the Celtics. That never happened. Please remove such blasphemy from this post. ;-)

    I can still see Foxy spotting up at the three point line, clapping his hands twice, Kobe passing him the ball, and SPLASH. I swore he seemed to do that at least once a game.

    p.s. Vanessa Williams AND Eliza Dushku???? You da man Foxy! You da man.

  10. tsuwm,
    To be an actual George Mikan fan you must be somewhere near your late 70s, at least.

  11. Funky Chicken July 26, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    I’ll always remember how Rick managed to miss at least one layup in virtually every game he played.

  12. Just a note – I believe that Fox’s pre-season scrum with Christie was AFTER we had beaten the Queens in the 2002 WCF – and as others can attest, Fox was huge in game 7. I also liked that he was committed to winning with the Lakers. He actually signed 2 or 3 one year deals when he first joined us so that he could be a part of a winning team (and I think the Cs didn’t want to do a sign and trade). At the time, Fox could have signed for significantly more, but decided the risk was worth the reward. It is still weird to me seeing Bynum wear #17 because that was Foxy’s number during so many clutch games. I also liked that Foxy never hesitated to give the other team bulletin board material – he knew he was on the better team and made sure, in a nice professional way, to let you know.

  13. Rick Fox wasn’t the most consistent shooter, but he was one of the more timely shooters of my generation (Robert Horry and Derek Fisher included). Fox was one of those guys who went out and did whatever his team needed. If the Lakers needed a wing to be locked down, Fox. If they needed someone to come off the bench and keep the ball moving, Fox. If they needed someone to spot up in the corner and knock down shots, Fox. He was always in during late game situations because he wasn’t afraid of the clutch and had ice running through his veins when at the free throw line. All champion ship teams need Rick Fox type players.

    Good post, Jeff

  14. Rick was cool and calm most of the time, but he was a fiery, emotional person at the most important times. I remember at Chick Hearn’s memorial service, he spoke about his special relationship with Chick and was overcome with emotion; tearful and sobbing in his grief for the great man. I was moved by his show of grief and it further endeared him to me and I’m sure to many other fans as well.

  15. Rick also took a deep pay cut to join the Lakers, a class act and another Jerry West’s brilliant move.

  16. key piece of the three-peat. great post!

    I remembered him being great in the last game of the 2001 finals, but I’d totally forgotten about this:

    watch from 6:40!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lZzBrvZ3BZs

  17. kehntangibles July 26, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    Rick Fox was so off-the-chart awesome as a Laker teammate that I even forgive him for stealing Eliza Dushku from the collective geek population of America.

  18. Don’t forget talking about the team player Fox was and forget the type of money he turned down. By playing with the Lakers he was the mold for the pest that today may be known to you as Sasha.

    My friends and I called him “Strong Hands.” He would rip the ball countless times when the offensive player would never expect it.

  19. Rick Fox was so off-the-chart awesome as a Laker teammate that I even forgive him for dating Eliza Dushku the shameless Celtic fan.

  20. THERE IS AN ACTUAL DUNK!!!

    I didn’t remember any of his dunks. Him and Horry were amazing, together when good (which was often the case when it mattered) they brought what Scottie use to bring to Jordan.

    Great post! Thank you for that!

  21. Great memories! Ultimate role player, in the Lakers three peat!

  22. I can, unfortunately, date the demise of the Shaq – Kobe Lakers to the game in which Rick Fox tore up his ankle and was gone for the season (and his career). From that point, the best team in the NBA started to disintegrate, and finally imploded, with the dark matter that was Shaq’s enormous ego, and the Postive matter that was Kobe’s impending free agency.

    Rick Fox wasn’t the most obvious piece of those championship teams, but as others have pointed out, he did whatever we needed, including shut-down defense of the other teams hottest scorer, and he contributed consistantly on the offensive end.

    Thanks for the write-up Jeff!

  23. Travis Y – You’re absolutely right about Fox’s unique ability to strip the ball. He didn’t have much lift so he wasn’t a shot blocker, but those quick, strong hands left many a player shooting without a basketball. I don’t recall another player doing it so well, much like I can’t think of another player who was better than Robert Horry at poking the ball out of a post player’s hands.

    It’s fun to reminisce about these guys! Those were great years.

  24. Man, every post starting with “Rick (Fox) was…” makes this feel like an obit response more than anything else, no offense to anyone.

    Fox v Christie is still one of the more poignant memories of my slowly-exploding Laker fandom, along with seeing Pippen toss those towels. Nowadays whenever I see any players want to throw down, I actually use Rick as my measuring stick of manhood experience, as opposed to all that dramatic posturing that goes on most of the time these days, or the simple insanity that was the Detroit brawl.

  25. Eliza Dushku is a Celtics fan? My world just came crashing down around me.

    Pros vs. Joes was awesome last week with Fox, Hakeem, and throw-in Kenny Smith. The Pros would have won if the NFL players hadn’t pansied out and hacked Hakeem every time he caught the ball. True to form, Fox played some tough-as-nails-but-a-lot-slower-than-his-NBA-self defense, and hit some big buckets. And when it was time to draw up a game-winning play (that failed), it was Fox that took charge and diagrammed the play.

    Probably the best comparison to Fox defensively (although better) – Artest with the Rockets, before he lost the 15 pounds and picked up a lot of footspeed.

  26. Fox and Horry were excellent at getting the ball out of another player’s hands, but the best I have seen at that is the upward swing of Karl Malone – who rarely got called on it because he rarely hit any arm with the upward movement.

  27. Great tribute to a player that is not talked about often for his important contributions to the three-peat. I loved Fox before he joined the Lakers (this was before I developed a true hatred for the green team) so when he did come I was very happy.

    16 – thanks for posting that vid. Did you see how nasty we got inside? Fox and Horry hit HARD! I don’t even remember that nastiness, but this makes me think that Miami lacks that key ingredient. Two teams that don’t – LA & our biggest rival.

  28. “As this latest potential Lakers dynasty rounds into shape…”

    I’m sorry, but POTENTIAL? There is no potential about anything here, we are talking about a team which has been to 3 NBA finals in a row and has won back to back championships! And we’re just getting started folks!

    There is no “potential” dynasty, you’re looking at a full fledged, full on, true to the bone REAL DYNASTY!

  29. So glad Fox became a Laker. And he continued his alliance after retirement to give his comments about the Lakers before and after each home game along with Norm Nixon…………..
    how cool is that!

  30. Foxy playing for the Celtics never really bothered me…same with Chris Mihm, who played with the C’s for a year before coming to L.A. And Travis Knight, who bounced back and forth between L.A. and Boston. The Celtics (or anything back East, really) weren’t enough of a threat to L.A. at that time, and they were more of an afterthought as our main rivals were the Blazers and Kings and Spurs, all out of the West.

  31. @Snoopy2006:

    I hold in this URL the names of 14 card-carrying Celtics fans.

    http://yhoo.it/dc7Zzy

    Please don’t shoot the messenger.

  32. Great Post Jeff, I have and always will like Rick Fox. Yeah, I remember Fox saying in an interview that he came from a team with pride (C’s), and he was not seeing that here (Lakers), his first year. Then he did begin a dynasty of Laker pride and excellence from that year on. It is great to see him with Norm doing Laker analysis on TV, Fox Sports that is, pun intended.

  33. Fox was one of the greatest characters on that dynasty squad. He seemed so slick and cool in interviews that you would never expect him to brawl in a locker room hallway. Between Shaq’s “say what I want, do what I want” mentality during his prime and Kobe embarking on his journey to legendary greatness, it was Fox time and time again to steal any of the offcourt spot light from the two superstars. Of course he wasn’t the most clutch guy we had from those teams but what he did on the court was absolutely invaluable.

    Great idea to reminisce on such a great former Laker. I’d love to see more of these (especially from the 70’s and 80’s since I wasn’t born/ to young to remember those teams.)

  34. #28 – I say potential because I don’t think we’re there quite there yet, even if we have all the pieces in place. I think the barometer for a true NBA dynasty is three consecutive championships, or at least three in four years as was the case with Fox and the Lakers teams at the beginning of the decade. Dynasties are measured over time and the core of this current team has only been together for two and a half seasons. We’re certainly on the right track though and adding Rick Fox-like pieces such as Matt Barnes certainly helps the cause.

  35. @12. Yes, Fox vs Christie occurred during the preseason after the seven-game WCF series in 2002. Laker fans were watching THAT preseason game and anticipating a fight because of all the public statements made by players of both teams after the Laker threepeat. Sure enough, a few minutes into the game, Fox and Christie went at it, got ejected, and then Mr. Christie attacked Fox in the tunnel with her purse.

  36. Rick Fox sucks…….Oooooh, I had you there for a split sec, didn’t I?! I remember I got into the Lakers during the 98-99 lockout season and I cried when those deutschebag Spurs beat us in the second round. Foxy helped make sure that did happen for the next 3 years. I grew up with his clutch, cool presence, defensive prowess, and oh-so-smooth pirohuette finger-rolls. If Barnes can be 3/4 of the player Foxy was, I’ll be satisfied, as I’m sure most of the rest of the Laker Nation will be.

  37. kehntangibles July 27, 2010 at 6:16 am

    If any of our columnists here go back further than I (I started following the lakers in the mid-80’s), I’d love to see a Lakers I Miss column on Jamaal Wilkes, who is probably the most criminally underrated Laker of all time.

  38. kehntangibles:

    http://www.forumblueandgold.com/2006/09/14/the-twenty-foot-lay-up/

    The neighborhood and school kids always tried to replicate his shooting style in the playground.

  39. JeremyLA24,
    While the early 70’s were a good time to be a Laker, the remainder of that decade were pretty stinko. While we did trade for Kareem, there wasn’t too much else on the team. West retired, the tail end of Gail Goodrich’s career, Kermit came along – but you must know that story, just as he was coming into his own.

    kehntangibles,
    I followed Jamaal (Keith) Wilkes from the time he attended UCLA and he was alway smooth, always a killer, and always underrated. He and Rick Barry on the Warriors team together with Al Attles – that is another forgotten team. Rick suffers from Charles Barkleyitis – he always tells it like it is – which aggravated people in those days also.

    The thing about Jamaal – he was quiet on and off the court. He did what was needed and he didn’t complain. Those types just have never gotten much ink – just a human failing, I guess. We would all rather talk about ‘the king’ instead of people who do it right or do the right thing.

  40. Jeff- nice write up, but I have to agree with Kaveh. Only 3 teams have ever gone to 3 straight finals. This team is a dynasty for sure.

  41. Lou – I can count at least 5 franchises that went to 3 straight Finals – Our Lakers (numerous times), Boston (numerous times), Chicago (twice) and Detroit (88-90) and I think the Knicks went to 3 straight (and lost them all) in the 50s. That said, you make 3 straight appearances in the championship round in any sport (and win at least 2) you have to be considered, at the very least, a mini-dynasty. I’m also a big believer in having at least one successful title defense. You win the year after you’ve won and it’s tough for someone to knock that. Let’s go for 4 straight Finals and 3 straight titles!

  42. Can anyone summarize what ESPN is doing right now? Front page has the Lakers and a reference to the Heat muddling up our celebrations. Insider access required, I don’t have it and would like to know what that is about.

    More importantly, on the front page of the ESPN NBA page it says “Offseason Losers” with a picture of Kobe. Any ideas? Unless they would be the oppsosite of the two other gentleman pictured? Any help on deciphering the dimystifying ESPN? ; )

  43. Taylor – Hollnger’s “great” analysis is that the Lakers made excellent offeseason moves that would have normally catapulted them to the top of the rankings. However, he loves Miami’s moves so much more.

    So, the Lakers are “losers” because in his warped his mind the Lakers are now #2 on his list when they should have been #1 – and this is his feeling regardless of the fact that even he admits the Laker FO made some excellent offseason moves.

    Yeah. That makes as much sense as declaring Miami the next champion without having played a single game.

  44. I still like Rick Fox, he brought toughness to Lakers at that time. Rick is brave man too, last season he said on the radio, his girl’s friend is C’s fan, i understand how tough for Rick when he is still supporting Lakers, best wishes to him.

  45. from Hollinger’s insider page (from someone else who stole it):

    “What, you ask, did the Lakers do wrong? Nothing — in fact, they shored up the point guard spot with Steve Blake and got a tough gamer for peanuts in Matt Barnes. And, of course, they coaxed Phil Jackson to stay on the bench for one more season.

    “All that would have made the Lakers overwhelming favorites to repeat as champions next season, except for a little thing that went down in Miami. With the Heat looking like a super team, the Lakers find themselves downgraded to co-favorites at best, through no fault of their own.

    “Had James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh aligned themselves in any other combination with any other team, that wouldn’t be the case. Thus, L.A. lost ground this summer, even though, in narrower terms, it won with the additions of Barnes and Blake.”

    (so shoot me)

  46. Hollinger trolling the Laker fanbase again. I guess he figured that his articles weren’t getting any attention after he botched most of the FA season, so he went to an old standby.

  47. just a note (in defense) on the Hollinger quote.. I googled “biggest offseason losers” (with the quotes) and got three(3) hits on the first results page alone giving me the above quoted material.

  48. Give me a break. ; ) Thanks for the update. Anything to cover a slow news day since A-Rod hasn’t hit another HR I guess. Sometimes I wonder about that network…

    But here at FB&G, always solid, everyday. That should be a motto.

  49. way to take get people to take you less seriously, hollinger.

  50. yeah, that should be the motto cuz its true. Darius, Phillip, and Jeff: you guys should get some more advertising dollars going your way. I wouldn’t mind a few more banners if it helps you guys keep running this tight ship.

  51. Gr8 Scott,
    Boston had two long runs in the 50’s and 60’s, but haven’t gotten to 3 consecutive finals since then. Of their 11 championships in 13 years, 8 were in a row.

    Lakers 1 time 40’s-50’s; 1 time 80’s; twice in 2000’s

    Bulls 2 times 90’s

    Knicks – no 3peat appearances in the finals.

  52. Off topic: On ESPN’s NBA homepage, Kobe is in the picture for the article “Offseason Losers.” What? I refuse to pay for articles that, 80% of the time, are just number crunches and unverified rumors.

    Is Hollinger saying the Lakers were losers in this offseason? Definitely not asking anyone to infringe, but a brief explanation would be nice. Anyway you look at it, Blake/Barnes/Ratliff/Ebanks/Caracter > Farmar/Morrison/Powell/Mbenga.

    A little confused.

  53. As a true Laker fan, I will never forget Foxy, as Chick Hearn fondly called him, and his contributions to the great 3-peat championships. He will also hold the title of being “the best-looking Laker hunk” of all time. Back then, he would never let any opponent get away with a hard/flagrant foul on Kobe and other teammates without retribution. “The lovable thug”, my daughter and I used to call him.

  54. Speaking of Fox…

    Let’s hope this coming season’s Lakers are later remembered as fondly as the 1999-2000 team in terms of successful bench play and depth.

    Look at the bench on that team (Number of NBA titles each won in paranthesis).

    Robert Horry (7)
    Derek Fisher (5)
    Rick Fox (3)
    John Salley (4)
    Brian Shaw (3)
    Devean George (3)
    Travis Knight (1)

    Two of those guys weren’t all that, but the others were all at times key contributors on championship (or Finals-level) teams, including the Lakers at differing points in their careers. Amazing depth for the salary cap era.

  55. look at all the fights from last season. we have most of the fighters on our team now with kobe artest and barnes. and even steve blake was in a fight haha

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xi3DJE-Ov0s

  56. I’d forgotten Fox crying at Chick’s memorial service, that was awesome, thanks for the reminder..

    I also enjoyed his moments in the ESPN special on the Lakers, “The Association”-he was like a little kid saying hi to Kareem..

    74-75 Warriors were awesome, Rick Barry at his gunning best, Wilkes as a rookie playing like a vet. Anybody remember Phil Smith, he was always a bit underrated, solid guard. Sadly died at age 50 in 2002. Clifford Ray on that team as well.

    When I was a kid, remember how tough those Bulls teams were, with Sloan and Van Lier, and the two headed monster at center, Ray and Tom Boerwinkle..

    Really wish NBA TV would show more old/vintage games. As a whole, it’s pretty lame.

  57. I think one of the reasons that Laker fans have had so many problems with our role players/bench over the last three years is simply because of what we’re used to.

    Fox/Horry/Grant/Harper/Fisher/Shaw

    Green/Scott/Cooper/Rambis/Nixon/Wilkes

    You trusted those guys to get the job done.

    Very much not the case with the recent teams

  58. Street Fighter: Lakers! lol

  59. 53- I didn’t realize there that many “scuffles” this past season. The last thing I want to see is a dirty game. But an occasional scuffle does make the game entertaining. As a kid growing up watching Showtime I was always ready for the inevitable pushing and shoving that came with playing the Celtics. And who can forget the many tactics of the Bad Boys.

    I like that the Lakers no longer have the rep for being soft. If you are going to beat LA it won’t be because you punked them.

    I remember back in the early 2000’s wearing my Rick Fox jersey on game days during the playoffs. I wanted everyone to know that Shaq and Kobe were not the only reasons the Lakers were winning titles. Rick is the kind of player coaches and fans alike love.

    This was an excellent write up, Jeff.

  60. well we know that the team is tought against the celtics this year as well, remember game 1 of the finals against the celtics, RON almost got in a fight and the game didnt even start, now imagine if matt barnes is in the game against the celtics game 1 lol wow i cant wait for that… or i should say us playing LeBuffon Jimmy and the 3 stoogies… ahhahah

    go LAKERSSSSS!!

  61. Loved the video. The music really detracted, though.

  62. New post up:

    http://www.forumblueandgold.com/2010/07/27/fast-break-thoughts-69/

    RE: J-M #52

    I’ll stay away from Hollinger’s latest column. He writes that the Lakers have done no wrong this offseason and have upgraded from last year’s roster, but are losers because Miami added LBJ and Bosh. That was the crux of the Lakers section of his column.

    Lets try not to get into Hollinger discussion. I was merely sharing information that isn’t available to everyone. Let’s just all agree that his idea is ridiculous and really mean nothing as far as this Lakers off season is concerned.

    Thanks,

    Phillip

  63. Phillip,
    What did Hollinger say that was wrong? Who was hurt this offseason the most? Maybe the Cavs? But they weren’t going to to win a championship anyways. The Lakers only measure success by championships. Even though we improved this offseason… if another team like the Heat acquired so much talent that now Vegas favors them over us to win a ring next season than this is the worst offseason the Lakers have had since Shaq left no? I live in LA like most of you… and the only city that was almost as pissed as CLE was Los Angeles when Lebron made his “decision.” I know I was almost as disappointed as when we lost to Boston a couple years ago in the Finals. Because basketball fans know half of winning is who you are as a team and half of winning is who the other team is as a team. Last year we were the most talented and best team in the NBA. Next year we will have more talent and be even better. But winning and losing has everything to do with comparing yourself to someone else. And if the Heat went from being around the 18th best team in terms of talent to most likely the most talented team heading into next season bumping us to #2 doesn’t that make us the 1st loser? Vegas isn’t wrong too often… they have the smartest basketball minds in the business. They are the ones with all the money on the line. Its hard to argue that the Heat aren’t now the favorites heading into next season. Hollinger wasn’t trying to rile up Lakers fans. He was reporting the news.

  64. 63. That is ridiculous reasoning. By your logic and hollinger’s logic, every team that is not the Heat is a loser. Why do we even bother to play the games or deal with the long season. Let’s just give the rings to the ringwraths. Let’s not even bother with the nba for the next, say 5 yrs. Let’s just annoint them champions for 5 yrs and move on.

    it’s just like everyone annointing James and the Cavs as chip winners the last to seasons to only see them eliminated in the playoffs. Please. That’s not news.

  65. GoldiFox first… Nobody, and I mean not even AC, rocked the curls like Foxy. The fight with Christie was definitely during the preseason after the 2002 7-gamer. Another fact I’ve not seen brought up is that Fox dropped about 30 lbs. just before the 01-02 season and could suddenly dunk again and his foot-speed caught up with his smarts again. Everything, for the few years before that, was all layups. Great hands too. I still use that swipe down at the ball and my man is bringing his ball up for a turn-around J. Boom!!! All ball.

    On Hollinger, dude has his stats and he runs with them. It’s like Vegas. They have their methods and they run with it. The difference is that Hollinger hasn’t picked the winner for a few seasons now. I say the Lakers make his system looked flawed again.

    Lakers again in ’11.

  66. Great story.

    Fox was great!

    I loved it when he mixed it up with Doug Christie.

    We miss you fox!

    Mike

  67. Magic Days (64)
    The question was who is the biggest loser(s). The Lakers went from giant favorite to win a championship to now not favored at all. There is only one winner in the NBA and that is the last team standing. There was really no other team that could really compete with the Lakers heading into this year until the Heat got lucky by signing 3 of the top 10 players in the NBA and arguably the top 2 players next season in Lebron and Wade (I mean Wade and Kobe were almost even last year and now Kobe is a year older and with another knee surgery under his belt). So… only one team dropped from favorite to win it all again to now favorite to lose to the Heat in the Finals and that is our Lakers. So… yes… I feel the Lakers are the biggest Losers behind maybe the Cavs the second Lebron decided to for a dream team in Miami.

  68. #62 Philip, thanks. Reaffirms my decision to not pay to read crap like that.

  69. I’ve been a Laker fan since they first arrived in LA… Suffered through all the C’s losses. Had the privledge of attending many games at the Forum.
    I’ve seen all the great players that have passed through, and without naming them all, Rick was one of my fav’s, I really enjoyed his game and attitude. I’m with Magic, a 3 peat is there, I can’t wait.

  70. Rick Fox, Ron Harper, Horace Grant, George,Glen Rice, Brian Shaw, and big shot Bob. Thanks.

  71. Th Fox-Christie fight didn’t foreshadow the Western Conference Finals 7-game series! The Fox-Christie fight happened months AFTER that series. Look it up if you don’t believe me.