Updated: May 15, 2003, 12:03 PM ETBy By Terry Brown | NBA Insider
Los Angeles Lakers: Shaquille O'Neal is mad and he's not going to take it anymore. "I've been with Shaq from day one, since he's been here," Derek Fisher said in the LA Daily News. "And when he comes off a performance like last night, often times he's able to make whatever adjustment he needs to make psychologically to get through the pain or to get through whatever he's dealing with and be there for us. And I fully expect him to dominate (tonight's) game." Philadelphia 76ers: Power forward Tyrone Hill has been told to not even stand up on his injured calf muscle, but there he is walking around, trying to convince coaches they should put him back in if not now, then later. "I'm not trying to end my career this way," he said in the Philadelphia Daily News. "If the Sixers want me, I'd love to come back. If they want me, I'd love to come back later and be part of the organization, maybe one day being the guy to help the young guys as they're coming up. But let's worry about that later. First, let's win this series, get to the Eastern finals, get back to the Finals, try to win a championship." Doctors have said that it will take between 3 and 4 weeks for him to heal. "It hurts, because it feels like you're letting your family down when they need you the most," he said. "And it hurts even more because you have no control over the situation. Coach [Larry Brown] didn't bring me back to be hurt." Los Angeles Clippers: The Los Angeles Times is reporting that there has been no progress made in the search for a new coach for the Clippers. Only preliminary discussions have been held with interim coach Dennis Johnson, who replaced the fired Alvin Gentry last year. Other names mentioned are Paul Silas, Lenny Wilkens and Jeff Van Gundy as well as Isiah Thomas and Doug Collins who, the paper reports, are expected to be fired soon from their respective teams.