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Eddie Jones
Eddie Jones
Position: -
Born: 10/20/71
Height: 6-6 / 1.98
Weight:199 lbs. / 90.7 kg.
Earnings: $101,254,222 ($162,846,647*)
It’s because during the 1998 Western Conference finals, the Lakers—then built around a young Shaquille O’Neal (26) and an even younger Kobe Bryant (19)—were, for the second straight spring, getting absolutely destroyed by the Jazz, a veteran-laden powerhouse led by Karl Malone and John Stockton. The Lakers were flashier and more talented, with Van Exel, Eddie Jones, Robert Horry, Rick Fox and Derek Fisher flanking O’Neal and Bryant. But the Jazz were more mature and methodical and ultimately overpowering. “We were young,” Van Exel says. “We had guys that wanted to get their points and do their thing, as opposed to going out there and winning as a group.”
The rookie’s inclusion in the starting lineup was the result of forward Robert Horry spraining his left ankle during the team’s win over the Seattle SuperSonics. Coach Del Harris decided to move guard Eddie Jones to the three-spot, then put Bryant into Jones’ role at shooting guard. But even then, Harris had a contingency plan in case the moment proved too big for Bryant. “It’s a risk,” Harris told The County Sun during shootaround. “If it doesn’t work out, we’ll put Jerome Kersey in there. At this point, Jerome will be a backup, and we have to get him settled into that. And Byron Scott is a backup. Kobe knows when Robert’s back, he’ll go back (to coming off the bench).”
Kerry Kittles on his relationship with Kobe while he was at Lower Merion while he was at Villanova: “I first met him through John Lucas who was coaching the Sixers at the time and John used to have workouts all the time at St. Joe’s [St. Joseph’s University] and St. Joe’s was down the road from ‘Nova. So I’m working out with John and I’m working out with Maurice ‘Mo’ Cheeks and then Kobe comes in and he was the local high school kid and we were like, “Oh snap! This kid can GO! This boy is talented.” So it was workouts and more workouts and then we’re playing one-on-one and I was like, ‘Bro. You’re ready for the League NOW!’ and knew he was ready. He didn’t need me to tell him that [laughs]. He was just that talented and that hungry. He really wanted to dominate. He didn’t care who he was playing against; he was playing against me, he was playing against [Jerry] Stackhouse, he was playing against Eddie Jones; he wanted to dominate. He was just THAT confident. So I knew he was special and when I played against him the first time when he was on the Lakers I was like, Oh yeah. He’s exactly what I thought he would be. He wasn’t a fluke from Day One.”