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Page 10-The Michigan Daily- Thursday, April 16, 1992

Lakers fight-off elimination as
NBA season enters final week

DENVER, (AP) - The last time
the Los Angeles Lakers failed to
qualify for the NBA playoffs, Magic
Johnson was in high school and
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was in his
prime.
Now, both are retired and the
Lakers are faced with a grueling sea-
son-closing stretch of four games in
five days in their attempt to reach
the postseason for the 16th straight
year.
Even if they win all four games,
it might not do them any good.
After facing the hapless Nuggets,

who brought an 11-game losing
streak into the game at McNichols
Arena, the Lakers travel to Sac-
ramento to meet the Kings on
Thursday night.
Then, it's on to Portland for a
game with the Pacific Division
champion Trail Blazers on Saturday
afternoon before finishing up at
home Sunday night against the Los
Angeles Clippers.
The Lakers entered Wednesday
night's action a half-game behind
Houston in the battle for the eighth
and final Western Conference play-

off berth.
The Clippers trying to make the
playoffs for the first time since 1976
rank seventh, but still could miss out
should they falter and the Lakers and
Rockets finish strong.
The Clippers held a two-game
lead over the Rockets and a 2 1/2-
game advantage on the Lakers be-
fore Wednesday night.
Should the Lakers and Rockets
finish in a tie, Houston gets the nod
because of a better record within the
Western Conference.

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Tarkanian took a job as color
commentator for the Clippers for the
remainder of the season.
Tarkanian was replaced at UNLV,
by Rollie Massimino, who ended a
19-year stand at Villanova on April
1. Tarkanian took UNLV to the
Final Four four times, winning the
NCAA title in 1990.
Tarkanian's team last season won
its last 23 games, finished 26-2 and
was ranked seventh. UNLV was
banned from television and postsea-
son tournaments as the final resolu-
tion of a 14-year battle betweeno
Tarkanian and the NCAA.
Tarkanian finished his 19th sea-
son at UNLV on March 3. He is the
NCAA's winningest coach, by per-
centage, with a 624-122 (.836)
record.
"I always thought that I would
get into the NBA near the end of my
career," the 61-year-old coach said.
Tarkanian said he had "put out a
feeler" when the Spurs' job came
open in January. He and McCombs
said the deal came together in the
past few days.
"This was a well-kept secret,"
Tarkanian said. "Usually you can't
keep a secret."
The Spurs have struggled with
injuries and currently are without
Robinson, who recently had surgery
to repair a torn ligament in his left
thumb.
The Michigan Daniy
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Spurs center David Robinson will begin playing under former UNLV coach
Jerry Tarkanian next season.
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