Box Score Bank: Kendall Gill and Reggie Lewis


Box Score Bank: Kendall Gill and Reggie Lewis

Last Saturday nightSunday morning, I was up late watching NBA TV.

Pretty sad, I know. But in retrospect, I'm glad I was there. Otherwise, I would have missed this story.

At the time, Dennis Scott (one of the 90s deadliest three-point shooters) and Kendall Gill (one of the 90s best defenders) were on set discussing the art of "getting open." More specifically, the best way for a shooter to run his man off a pick. And in turn, the best way to defend it.

After running a few skeleton drills against each other in the studio, Scott had a question:

Scott: "Kendall, for the people at home, whether it's Joe Dumars, old school Ricky Pierce or even Rip Hamilton: Who was the toughest guy you had to cover coming off screens?

Gill: Yeah, there was Pierce and Hamilton. Of course, Reggie Miller. But the guy who gave me the most problems, may he rest in peace, was Reggie Lewis. He was so great at coming off of picks and shooting the basketball. He knew how to read your better than anybody."

I thought that was pretty cool.

In a way, I guess it makes sense. After all, Gill's first few years in the league coincided with Reggie's prime. Or at least the start of it. Back then, Gill was just learning the rules of playing defense in the NBA, and I'm sure Lewis was a very willing tutor. The result? A permanent stamp on Gill's memory: Damn, Reggie Lewis could play.

Anyway, for today's Box Score Bank, I wanted to track down one of the games that helped cement Gill's respect for Reggie's game, and it didn't take long to find the perfect example:

April 12, 1992: Reggie Lewis hits 15 OF 19 SHOTS and scores 35 points on Kendall Gill and the Hornets. For good measure, Lewis added nine rebounds, six assists, four steals and three blocks. Ah, that's good Reggie.

And how about Kevin Gamble?

(Note: It didn't fit with the tone of this post, but it's probably worth mentioning that Gill was guarding Lewis the night he collapsed. Not that Gill had anything to do with it. Just a weird coincidence.)

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Bart Scott: Falcons have 'the better quarterback' in Super Bowl

Bart Scott: Falcons have 'the better quarterback' in Super Bowl

Former Ravens and Jets linebacker - now an "NFL Today" analyst for CBS - Bart Scott usually "can't wait" to make his disdain for Tom Brady and the Patriots known. 

He was back at it Tuesday in an interview with CBS Radio's Damon Amendolara, in which he said the Falcons have the better quarterback heading into Super Bowl LI.

“We know they’re the better offense, and right now, you could say they got the better quarterback because they have the MVP of the league,” Scott said. Ryan is the favorite to win the NFL MVP, which will be announced the night before the Super Bowl at the "NFL Honors" show.

“Now that’s a debate, but Matt Ryan has earned the right for his name to be put up there with the upper-echelon quarterbacks," Scott said. "He’s always been elite in the regular season, but now he’s taken this show into the postseason and he’s won the hard battles against the elite quarterbacks and now you have to give him his due.”

More from Scott: “I can’t see the Patriots stopping this offense. So, that means that these receivers are going to have to [keep] pace. It’s all going to come down to what it always comes down to. It’s going to come down to who makes the turnovers, who gets up early and puts the pressure on the other team. Matt Ryan and that offense showed me a lot when they went behind [in the divisional round against the Seahawks]. Seattle came and busted them in the face, and [Atlanta] went right back down and answered immediately.

"The Patriots always find a way, but I think it makes it more close of a game than what people think.”

Tuesday, Jan. 24: Crosby, Matthews top coaches' poll

Tuesday, Jan. 24: Crosby, Matthews top coaches' poll

Here are all the links from around the hockey world, and what I’m reading, while rooting for “Manchester By the Sea” to upset some favorites at the Oscars.

*Sidney Crosby and Auston Matthews top the annual NHL coaches' poll produced by TSN Insider Bob McKenzie.

*The oral history of Fox’s glowing puck used for the NHL during their run with the league is an entertaining one.

*Mike Babcock gives pep talks to the reporters along with his own players while running the show in Toronto.

*The Vegas Golden Knights are moving forward with their timetable toward hiring a coach with some good candidates out there now, and some other ones potentially available soon. I’ve wondered if Claude Julien would be interested in that spot if he’s let go by the Bruins this season, but the one sure thing is that he wouldn’t be out of work long if he is relieved of his duties.

*Claude Giroux needs to start playing a little more fearlessly and without dwelling on mistakes, according to his general manager.

*Detroit Red Wings coach Jeff Blashill doesn’t believe that fancy stats and analytics have had a major impact on the way the Wings do things.

*PHT writer James O’Brien has the rundown on a Millenial’s dream of performers at the 2017 NHL All-Star Game: Nick Jonas, Fifth Harmony and Carly Rae Jepsen.

*For something completely different: keeping an eye on the notion that Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg is going to run for President.