From the 'Detroit Free Press' by Perry A. Farrell - Sports
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Sacramento... March 23, 2001 -- The Pistons played another good team tough for three quarters,
only to fall short again.
This time, the Sacramento Kings were the beneficiaries, 103-98, before an enthusiastic crowd
of 17,317 at Arco Arena.
Forward Chris Webber scored 29 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and dished out seven assists,
and forward Peja Stojakovic scored 25 for the winners.
Jerry Stackhouse, who got benched early in game, scored 31, and back-court mate Chucky
Atkins had 17 for the Pistons. Ben Wallace had 19 rebounds, nine at the offensive end.
Former Kings forward Coriss Williamson received a standing ovation when the reserves
were introduced, and the moment seemed to affect his play as he missed his first three shots
and two free throws after he entered the game. Williamson finished with 14 points
and five rebounds.
The Kings improved to 28-5 at home.
The Pistons trailed by just four, 91-87, with 8:37 left after Stackhouse hit a triple. After a cold
stretch on both sides, Pistons' coach George Irvine finally reinserted Atkins, who responded
with a jump shot that pulled the Pistons within 93-90 with 3:20 left. However, the Kings surged
ahead, getting a lay-up from Stojakovic, a bank from Webber, and a tough shot in
the lane from reserve Bobby Jackson for a 99-92 lead.
Stackhouse, who sat for 6:42 of the first quarter because coach Irvine was unhappy with his play,
and Atkins combined for 30 points in the first half as the Pistons rallied from a 14-point first-quarter
deficit and got within 61-56 at halftime.
The Pistons took advantage of the Kings' cold shooting to start the third and trimmed the deficit
to two on triples from Stackhouse and Atkins.
The Pistons eventually took a 79-77 lead on a triple and dunk from Stackhouse.
Stojakovic gave the momentum back to the Kings when he banked in a long triple as time was
expiring, giving Sacramento an 85-81 lead going into the fourth quarter.
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We Have To Nasty Our Players Up A Little Bit!
News of the Year - Basketball Report:
March 12, 2001 - the father of high school power-forward Buster Chops Jr. says he 'going to sue' an
officiating crew for $150,000 after his son was thrown out of a game for biting a player during a
super-sectional game in Chicago's United Center.
Chops Sr. declared 'We'd have won if my kid had stayed in, and a trip Downstate (to the Illinois Finals)
would have meant a college scholarship for sure.'
After being shown the bite mark on the opponent's right arm, Chops Sr. said 'It's a coincidence.'
Later in the Year - The Chicago Bulls, who have won just 6 of it's first 30 games and hired a new
head coach, selected Buster Chops Jr. in the second round of the NBA draft in June.
'Like I said before, we have to nasty our players up a little bit, and this kid seems like a natural,'
coach Bill Cartwright said.
sportshistorian.com - The World of Pro Basketball History
Lionel Simmons was voted the 1989-1990 NCAA College Basketball Player of the Year and was chosen Consensus First Team NCAA Basketball All American while starring with LaSalle University. He led LaSalle University to a Top 20 ranking for their first time since 1969. Lionel Simmons finished his college career with a NCA record 115 straight games scoring at least 10 points in every game.
He was the 7th player picked in the 1990 NBA draft (by the Sacramento Kings).
An instant success as a rookie, he posted career-highs with 1,421 points for a 18.0 points per game average, and with 697 total rebounds, a 8.8 rpg average, and Lionel Simmons created 229 turnovers. For his outstanding season he was chosen for the 1990-1991 NBA All Rookie First Team.
Lionel was a star as a Sacramento Kings starter during his first four seasons, then somewhat plagued by injuries his playing time fell off. Well-regarded for his give-and-take atitude, as well as a willingness later in his career to play hard off the bench he was a fans favorite and received standing ovations when he entered the game throughout his very fine career. He played in 4 playoff games with the Kings in 1995-1996 and averaged 9.5 points per game.
Lionel Simmons stats: 5833 points in 454 games, 12.8 ppg, 6.2 rebounds per game, 2242 FGM, 5179 FGA, .433 percentage.
The history of NBA players
Born in Belgrade Yugoslavia, Predrag Stojakovic was a star at POAK in Greece, and was the 14th pick in the first round of the 1996 NBA draft (by the Sacramento Kings). Peja Stojakovic plays a hard game and his style paid off for the Sacramento Kings almost right away.
The Yugoslavia born strongman and accurate shooter was one of the Kings leading scorers during the early 2000s. He along with Kings' forward Chris Webber were Sacramento's 1-2 scoring machine. A deep perimeter scoring threat Peja Stojakovic scored 20.4 points per game and pulled in 5.8 rebounds per game and the next season put up numbers of 21.2 ppg and 5.3 rpg in 2000-2001. All the while the Kings were making the NBA postseason playoffs. In the 2003-2004 playoffs Peja averaged a robust 23.1 points per game in 12 games.
Playing guard and forward from 1998-99 thru 2002-2003 Peja Stojakovic averaged a resounding .366 percentage on 3-pointers, hitting on 63 of 172. In 2002-2003 he delighted Kings fans by making an unbievable 32 of 70 three-point plays - a .457 percent.
Playing with the Indiana Pacers in 2005-2006 Stojakovic scored 19.5 points per game, then in 2006-2007 he scored 17.8 ppg for the New Orleans Hornets.