Mark Price Rumors
Notable players eligible again this year on the include Kevin Johnson, Maurice Cheeks, Tim Hardaway, Mark Price, Chris Webber and Paul Westphal. Coaches again up for induction include Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan, Charles “Lefty” Driesell and Oklahoma State’s Eddie Sutton.
The defending champion Cleveland Cavaliers announced Tuesday that they’ll turn back the clock this season with six Hardwood Classic Night games at Quicken Loans Arena, starting on Dec. 9. In addition to commemorative in-game videos, music and entertainment, the Cavs will rock the retro bright-orange uniforms that the team wore in the mid-1980s, paying homage to rosters headlined by World B. Free, Ron Harper, Mark Price and John “Hot Rod” Williams.
One of his former teammates and fellow shaprshooters, Steve Kerr, just happened to be the coach of the Warriors team victimized by the Cavs for the title. “The Warriors were such a good team. When they went up 3-1 (in the finals), I assumed it was over,” Price said. “I think everyone probably assumed that. But the momentum of the series really changed after the Draymond Green incident. When he got suspended for Game 5, things really shifted.”
Price missed Game 1 of that series with a groin injury. The Cavs lost and were forced to play catch-up the rest of the way. They almost did, but it wasn’t to be — as the shot that buried the Cavs helped propel Jordan to his status as the measuring stick for basketball greatness. “The next season, we traded Ron (for the draft rights to Danny Ferry), and that hurt us,” Price said. “I felt like other than the Lakers, and maybe the Pistons with Isiah Thomas and Joe Dumars, we had the best backcourt in the league.”
“The two guys I’d maybe compare him the most to are Mark Price and Steve Nash in terms of the combination of ball-handling and passing and shooting range and creativity. But Steph has taken it to a new level,” the Warriors coach says. “Mark and Steve were pioneers in a lot of ways. Mark was the first guy that I’ve ever seen who split the double-team at the top of the circle and then shoot a runner in the lane. Nobody else used to do that. Now everybody does it. Steve also sort of revolutionized the NBA, along with Mike D’Antoni in Phoenix. They changed the way the league looks and operates.