Shaquille O'Neal Center #34

Height: 7'1" Weight: 315 Years pro: 6 Age: 26

The coach says: Continues to improve, having added better passing skills. If he gets deep on you, look out! Likes to start on the left block, can dribble into the lane for a RH hook or turn baseline for the fadeaway "J.' By far the most physically dominant player in the league. Seems to be a team leader. Free throws still continue to be a problem. Is just getting started!

1997-98 stats

Per-gm avg g min pts par fg% ft% 3p%trb ast stl blk to

Home 31 35.1 28.0 42.1 .609 .511 - 11.9 2.2 0.5 2.9 2.9

Road 29 37.5 28.6 42.0 .560 .546 - 10.8 2.6 0.8 1.8 2.9

November 8 35.6 24.5 39.1 .600 .506 - 11.6 3.0 0.8 2.9 3.3

January 13 34.4 29.0 44.5 .606 .485 - 12.8 2.8 0.7 2.8 2.5

February 12 35.8 26.7 38.9 .546 .492 - 10.4 1.8 0.8 2.4 2.8

March 17 37.1 27.5 40.8 .567 .556 - 11.3 1.9 0.7 2.1 3.3

April 10 38.2 33.8 47.0 .618 .585 - 10.5 2.7 0.3 2.1 2.8

In wins 46 36.1 28.6 42.2 .594 .526 - 11.3 2.3 0.5 2.5 2.9

In losses 14 36.8 27.5 41.4 .554 .531 - 11.4 2.6 1.0 2.1 3.1

vs. Conf. 39 36.3 28.6 41.9 .587 .517 - 11.1 2.2 0.6 2.3 3.0

vs. Utah 3 36.3 27.0 38.0 .563 .614 - 9.7 1.3 1.0 2.7 2.3

Playoffs 9 38.2 29.9 44.3 .641 .529 - 10.6 3.8 0.6 3.3 3.2

Eddie Jones Shooting guard #6

Height: 6'6" Weight: 200 Years pro: 4 Age: 26

The coach says: Being the subject of trade rumors (with Mitch Richmond) all season couldn't have helped Eddie's game. I have always liked him since college. Runs the floor well, can hit the 3, drive to the hoop and play the "D." Came up big in the playoffs against Seattle. Will probably start on Hornacek. Solid person.

1997-98 stats

Per-gm avg g min pts par fg% ft% 3p% trb ast stl blk to

Home 40 35.2 16.6 23.4 .460 .780 .390 3.5 3.3 2.1 0.9 2.1

Road 40 37.6 17.1 24.1 .508 .748 .387 4.1 2.9 1.9 0.5 1.6

November 14 37.9 21.3 28.6 .573 .716 .431 3.6 3.7 2.5 0.6 2.1

December 15 34.1 14.3 20.3 .421 .818 .362 3.7 2.3 1.9 0.5 1.9

January 13 39.1 19.6 26.5 .474 .778 .348 3.2 3.7 2.7 0.9 1.7

February 10 35.0 16.9 23.9 .467 .750 .370 3.9 3.1 1.5 0.6 2.0

March 17 34.8 14.1 21.0 .453 .761 .362 4.4 2.5 1.5 0.8 1.8

April 10 38.3 15.4 23.0 .522 .842 .476 3.8 3.8 1.9 0.6 1.5

In wins 60 36.3 18.1 24.8 .515 .782 .428 3.6 3.1 2.0 0.7 1.9

In losses 20 36.7 13.1 20.4 .389 .706 .253 4.3 3.1 2.1 0.7 1.6

vs. Utah 4 37.5 12.0 18.0 .436 .750 .533 3.8 2.3 1.5 0.8 1.8

Playoffs 9 36.6 17.9 23.9 .495 .803 .471 3.9 2.1 1.8 1.6 1.4

Robert Horry Power forward #5

Height: 6'10" Weight: 220 Years pro: 6 Age: 27

The coach says: Has played well during the last part of the season. Can play 3 or 4. Was terrific during Houston's '95 playoff run. Runs the floor, is a quick jumper, can hit the trey, good entry passer. Will probably start on Malone.

1997-98 stats

Per-gm avg g min pts par fg% ft% 3p% trb ast stl blk to

Home 34 29.9 6.9 17.2 .458 .701 .194 7.6 2.7 1.4 1.5 1.5

Road 38 31.0 7.9 17.2 .491 .685 .211 7.5 1.8 1.7 1.1 1.3

November 12 33.8 8.4 19.6 .455 .703 .217 7.8 3.3 2.1 1.7 1.4

December 15 29.9 6.9 14.9 .484 .500 .143 6.5 1.5 0.9 1.1 1.3

January 12 28.9 5.6 14.8 .328 .710 .158 7.0 2.3 1.5 1.7 1.2

February 9 26.2 6.4 15.1 .537 .667 .000 6.9 1.8 1.4 0.9 1.2

March 17 32.1 9.1 19.4 .538 .756 .368 8.3 2.0 1.9 0.9 1.6

April 6 28.0 6.7 17.8 .552 .889 .000 8.5 2.7 1.0 1.5 1.3

In wins 52 30.7 8.0 18.0 .500 .697 .206 7.6 2.5 1.7 1.4 1.3

In losses 20 29.9 6.1 15.2 .409 .676 .200 7.4 1.8 1.3 1.1 1.5

vs. Utah 3 36.0 7.0 19.3 .444 .500 .500 9.3 3.0 1.7 2.3 1.3

Playoffs 9 36.0 10.4 20.9 .593 .655 .333 6.8 3.7 1.4 1.3 1.2

Rick Fox Small forward #17

Height: 6'7" Weight: 242 Years pro: 6 Age: 28

The coach says: Plays with great energy and intensity. Has matured as a player since his Boston days. Can hit the 3-pointer as well as be an aggressive driver. Runs the floor well. Biggest knock over the years has been his judgment in making the right play. Like his intangibles. Russell's his man.

1997-98 stats

Per-gm avg g min pts par fg% ft% 3p% trb ast stl blk to

Home 41 32.6 14.0 22.0 .510 .752 .329 4.4 3.7 1.3 0.7 2.7

Road 41 33.5 10.0 17.4 .427 .730 .319 4.3 3.1 1.2 0.5 2.2

November 14 31.5 10.7 16.6 .474 .813 .280 3.1 2.9 1.2 0.1 2.4

December 15 32.2 13.5 20.3 .519 .784 .343 4.7 2.1 1.1 0.9 1.7

January 13 31.2 11.0 18.7 .495 .732 .241 4.5 3.2 1.2 0.5 2.5

February 12 35.3 14.4 23.2 .434 .750 .417 4.8 3.9 0.9 0.6 2.3

March 17 35.9 13.9 21.9 .503 .754 .359 3.8 4.2 1.3 0.6 3.0

April 10 31.9 7.0 17.0 .333 .621 .174 5.9 4.1 1.7 0.8 2.7

In wins 61 33.6 12.7 20.3 .494 .743 .338 4.2 3.4 1.4 0.6 2.4

In losses 21 31.5 10.0 18.0 .401 .745 .284 4.7 3.2 0.8 0.6 2.6

vs. Utah 4 26.0 8.0 14.0 .478 .750 .364 2.5 3.5 1.3 0.0 2.5

Playoffs 9 32.7 11.4 20.4 .463 .812 .364 4.8 4.2 0.9 0.2 2.1

Derek Fisher Point guard #2

Height: 6'1" Weight: 200 Years pro: 2 Age: 23

The coach says: Liked him as a college player but didn't think he would come this fast. Will start for L.A. but usually gives way to Van Exel. Does a nice job with a team expected to win. Tough, strongly built. Can get to the hole. Surprised many NBA people. Part of one of the league's best 1-guard tandems.

1997-98 stats

Per-gm avg g min pts par fg% ft% 3p% trb ast stl blk to

Home 41 21.8 5.4 12.0 .421 .740 .324 2.2 4.4 1.0 0.0 1.6

Road 41 21.1 6.1 12.4 .446 .773 .432 2.5 3.8 0.8 0.1 1.3

November 14 16.1 4.9 10.6 .397 .760 .231 2.1 3.6 0.4 0.0 1.4

December 15 13.5 3.5 7.3 .500 .615 .500 1.0 2.9 1.0 0.0 1.0

January 13 15.0 2.7 6.9 .353 .917 .000 1.4 2.8 0.9 0.0 1.1

February 12 29.0 7.0 15.0 .451 .783 .182 3.3 4.8 1 3 0.1 2.0

March 17 30.7 9.6 18.9 .491 .700 .531 3.6 5.6 1.3 0.2 1.8

April 10 25.2 6.5 13.9 .352 .870 .438 2.8 4.6 0.4 0.1 1.6

In wins 61 22.1 5.8 12.8 .440 .788 .389 2.5 4.5 1.0 0.0 1.6

In losses 21 19.6 5.8 10.4 .417 .667 .370 1.8 2.8 0.8 0.1 1.1

vs. Utah 4 14.5 4.5 8.5 .300 .714 .250 1.3 2.8 0.0 0.3 0.3

Playoffs 9 21.9 6.2 12.5 .422 .650 .357 2.1 4.2 1.4 0.0 1.3

Nick Van Exel Point guard #9

Height: 6'1" Weight: 190 Years pro: 5 Age: 26

The coach says: Has been coming off the bench since returning from injury. Does player starter's minutes and will be there at the end. A highly skilled player, can get into the paint at will and also hit the outside shot. Matured as a player and a person. Reminds people of Hall of Famer Tiny Archibald.

1997-98 stats

Per-gm avg g min pts par fg% ft% 3p% trb ast stl blk to

Home 32 31.5 13.0 23.8 .438 .759 .415 2.9 7.9 1.0 0.1 1.6

Road 32 32.6 14.6 23.6 .402 .817 .368 3.1 5.9 1.0 0.1 1.7

November 14 32.6 16.6 26.1 .427 .881 .392 3.1 6.4 0.8 0.1 1.5

December 15 35.3 14.5 26.5 .408 .706 .395 3.4 8.6 0.9 0.2 1.8

January 11 35.5 13.4 25.0 .374 .630 .394 3.7 7.9 1.4 0.1 1.9

February 5 32.4 12.2 23.6 .407 .900 .381 3.2 8.2 1.4 0.0 1.2

March 10 25.9 10.1 17.0 .436 .815 .324 1.8 5.1 1.1 0.1 1.5

April 82 8.1 12.4 20.1 .475 .833 .351 3.0 4.8 0.6 0.0 1.8

In wins 47 31.6 14.6 24.8 .454 .824 .429 3.1 7.1 1.0 0.1 1.5

In losses 17 33.4 11.4 20.8 .332 .667 .293 2.9 6.5 1.0 0.1 2.1

vs. Utah 4 33.0 19.0 26.5 .460 .905 .440 1.3 6.3 0.5 0.0 1.3

Playoffs 9 28.3 12.8 19.7 .367 .708 .367 2.7 4.2 0.4 0.1 1.9

Kobe Bryant Shooting guard #8

Height: 6'7" Weight: 210 Years pro: 2 Age: 19

The coach says: Have we heard enough about this young man? A terrific player, but too much made of him too soon. Has all the tools: speed, quickness, work ethic, scoring ability, and comes from a great basketball background. Depending on playing time, is capable of big numbers. Could be a great player at 1, 2 or 3.

1997-98 stats

Per-gm avg g min pts par fg% ft% 3p% trb ast stl blk to

Home 41 26.3 16.5 22.3 .439 .830 .303 3.1 2.8 1.0 0.5 1.8

Road 38 25.7 14.3 19.6 .417 .746 .386 3.1 2.3 0.9 0.6 2.2

November 11 24.5 14.7 20.5 .406 .698 .281 3.2 2.5 1.5 0.5 2.3

December 15 27.3 19.5 24.7 .458 .773 .396 3.3 1.9 0.9 0.4 1.5

January 13 27.2 17.5 23.3 .480 .811 .394 3.2 2.5 0.8 0.4 2.1

February 12 29.1 15.7 22.3 .420 .864 .379 3.7 3.0 1.1 0.3 2.1

March 17 21.7 10.7 15.6 .354 .802 .289 2.5 2.4 0.6 0.6 1.9

April 10 27.1 14.5 19.8 .444 .765 .303 2.6 2.7 0.7 1.0 2.4

In wins 58 25.5 15.5 21.3 .438 .824 .347 3.1 2.7 0.9 0.6 2.1

In losses 21 27.4 15.4 20.3 .405 .707 .329 2.9 2.1 1.0 0.3 1.7

vs. Utah 4 31.5 17.3 23.0 .413 .882 .091 2.5 3.3 1.8 1.3 1.8

Playoffs 7 19.0 8.0 11.7 .435 .684 .429 2.0 1.7 0.3 0.9 0.6

Elden Campbell Center #41

Height: 7'0" Weight: 255 Years pro: 8 Age: 29

The coach says: Has always been labeled with the "P" word - potential. Has been a "go-to" guy at times with L.A. Can score from the low block with a right-handed hook or turnaround jumper. Capable of good numbers. Will see time on Malone. Could be a key figure in this series.

1997-98 stats

Per-gm avg g min pts par fg% ft% 3p% trb ast stl blk to

Home 40 21.3 9.6 15.8 .469 .675 1.000 5.1 1.1 0.4 1.4 1.4

Road 41 22.7 10.6 17.5 .458 .709 .000 6.1 0.8 0.5 1.4 1.5

November 14 26.5 12.9 19.5 .515 .742 - 5.6 1.0 0.8 1.4 2.1

December 15 32.2 17.7 27.3 .462 .692 .000 8.2 1.5 0.5 1.9 2.3

January 13 18.8 7.2 12.0 .420 .692 - 4.0 0.8 0.5 1.5 1.2

February 12 18.3 8.8 15.3 .522 .660 - 5.3 1.3 0.4 1.0 0.8

March 17 20.2 6.6 12.9 .400 .711 1.000 5.6 0.7 0.2 1.1 1.1

April 10 12.2 6.0 10.7 .444 .600 - 4.2 0.5 0.1 0.5 0.9

In wins 60 21.8 9.8 16.6 .465 .697 .500 5.8 1.0 0.3 1.1 1.5

In losses 21 22.8 10.8 16.8 .458 .681 - 5.1 0.9 0.8 1.6 1.3

vs. Utah 3 21.0 6.0 10.0 .692 .000 - 3.7 0.3 0.3 1.7 0.7

Playoffs 9 15.3 6.3 10.7 .541 .654 - 3.6 0.8 0.2 0.9 1.0

Corie Blount Power forward #43

Height: 6'10" Weight: 242 Years pro: 5 Age: 29

The coach says: Was drafted in the first round (25th pick in 1993) by Chicago. Two lackluster seasons with the Bulls before being traded to L.A. Has a reputation as an underachiever. Hard-pressed to find playing time with the Lakers.

1997-98 stats

Per-gm avg g min pts par fg% ft% 3p% trb ast stl blk to

Home 34 17.1 4.4 10.1 .594 .522 .000 5.1 0.6 0.4 0.5 0.8

Road 36 12.4 2.9 6.8 .543 .469 .000 3.5 0.4 0.4 0.3 0.7

November 13 16.4 5.2 10.2 .725 .643 - 4.5 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.5

December 15 19.9 5.9 11.9 .565 .478 .000 5.3 0.7 0.7 0.4 1.1

January 10 14.2 3.0 6.2 .600 .667 .000 2.9 0.3 0.2 0.1 0.7

February 11 14.8 2.5 7.7 .526 .500 - 4.0 1.2 0.6 0.5 0.5

March 12 6.3 1.3 4.3 .412 .250 .000 2.7 0.3 0.2 0.2 0.7

April 8 14.6 2.4 8.4 .444 .500 - 5.8 0.3 0.1 0.5 0.9

In wins 51 15.3 3.9 8.9 .604 .525 .000 4.5 0.5 0.4 0.4 0.8

In losses 19 13.0 2.8 7.0 .479 .421 - 3.5 0.6 0.4 0.3 0.4

vs. Utah 4 15.0 3.5 9.8 .538 .000 - 6.0 0.3 0.5 0.8 0.5

Playoffs 8 15.8 2.8 8.2 .500 .571 - 4.8 0.6 0.5 0.3 0.0

Sean Rooks Power forward #45

Height: 6'10" Weight: 260 Years pro: 6 Age: 28

The coach says: Saw a lot of him at Minnesota, where he was a starter for awhile. Has had a rap about not being serious about his game. Is probably right where he should be - a backup on a good team.

1997-98 stats

Per-gm avg g min pts par fg% ft% 3p%trb ast stl blk to

Home 23 11.0 3.9 7.6 .443 .673 - 3.0 0.7 0.0 0.8 0.5

Road 18 9.6 2.8 5.9 .475 .444 - 2.7 0.4 0.1 0.3 0.4

November 10 12.2 3.6 7.2 .462 .545 - 3.2 0.4 0.0 0.9 0.4

December 15 12.5 3.7 8.1 .512 .520 - 3.5 0.9 0.1 0.5 0.6

January 6 5.0 1.5 2.8 .375 1.000 - 1.2 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.5

February 3 7.0 4.0 6.7 .333 1.000 - 2.3 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0

March 5 5.8 2.6 5.2 .273 .538 - 2.0 0.6 0.0 0.8 0.0

April 1 4.0 2.0 5.0 1.000 .000 - 3.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

In wins 33 9.9 3.5 7.2 .435 .603 - 3.1 0.7 0.1 0.6 0.4

In losses 8 12.1 3.0 5.4 .563 .545 - 2.1 0.3 0.0 0.5 0.8

vs. Utah 2 17.5 6.0 12.0 .444 .667 - 5.5 0.5 0.5 1.0 1.5

Playoffs 3 2.0 1.3 1.3 1.000 - - 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.7 0.0

Mario Bennett Small forward #23

Height: 6'9" Weight: 235 Years pro: 2 Age: 24

The coach says: Saw him during player interviews and tryouts at Denver three years ago. Has good physical skills but needed to add muscle and power at that time. Very good jumper. Who can he beat out on this team?

1997-98 stats

Per-gm avg g min pts par fg% ft% 3p% trb ast stl blk to

Home 23 7.8 4.5 8.1 .595 .321 .500 3.2 0.4 0.6 0.3 0.5

Road 22 7.9 3.3 6.1 .589 .438 - 2.4 0.4 0.2 0.1 0.4

November 7 4.0 2.1 3.9 .636 .250 - 1.3 0.4 0.1 0.0 0.4

December 4 3.8 2.8 3.8 .444 .500 - 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.8

January 2 4.5 4.0 7.0 .500 .500 - 2.0 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

February 10 10.8 4.1 9.1 .559 .167 1.000 4.7 0.3 0.6 0.7 0.6

March 14 4.0 2.1 3.2 .560 .250 - 1.0 0.1 0.1 0.0 0.1

April 8 17.3 9.1 16.1 .660 .500 .000 6.0 1.0 1.4 0.5 0.9

In wins 35 7.8 4.2 7.4 .632 .333 .500 2.7 0.5 0.4 0.3 0.6

In losses 10 8.2 3.0 6.3 .448 .500 - 3.1 0.2 0.5 0.1 0.0

vs. Utah 2 2.5 0.0 0.5 .000 - - 0.5 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

Playoffs 3 2.0 1.3 2.3 1.000 1.000 - 1.0 0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0

Jon Barry Shooting guard #20

Height: 6'5" Weight: 210 Years pro: 6 Age: 28

The coach says: Lakers have too much talent for him to get any serious time. Mom (Pam Barry) raised all four basketball-playing brothers - Scooter, Jon, Brent and Drew. Will be a free agent. A first-round pick by Boston (No. 21) in '92.

1997-98 stats

Per-gm avg g min pts par fg% ft% 3p% trb ast stl blk to

Home 24 8.3 2.9 5.1 .404 .923 .343 1.0 1.1 0.5 0.1 0.5

Road 25 7.0 2.0 3.5 .319 .938 .231 0.5 1.0 0.4 0.0 0.4

November 10 8.7 2.5 4.7 .476 .667 .333 0.7 1.5 0.6 0.2 0.7

December 7 8.0 2.9 5.3 .333 1.000 .143 0.7 1.7 0.9 0.0 0.6

January 5 9.2 4.8 6.8 .412 1.000 .500 1.2 0.8 0.4 0.0 1.2

February 8 12.0 3.4 6.4 .320 .875 .250 1.0 2.0 0.6 0.0 0.3

March 9 4.2 1.4 2.4 .500 1.000 .600 0.7 0.3 0.3 0.1 0.2

April 9 4.9 1.3 1.9 .267 1.000 .182 0.4 0.1 0.2 0.0 0.0

In wins 39 7.1 2.2 3.8 .384 .941 .300 0.8 0.8 0.5 0.1 0.4

In losses 10 9.9 3.7 6.2 .323 .917 .286 0.7 1.8 0.5 0.0 0.5

vs. Utah 3 3.3 1.7 2.0 .250 1.000 .250 0.3 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.3

Playoffs 5 1.6 0.0 0.0 0.0 - 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0