Game 2 Side Lines
On the Lakers' last possession, L.A. inbounds to Shaq -- so why no immediate foul? Even if he miraculously hits both free throws, Detroit is up one point with the ball, two timeouts and likely to inbound to Rip Hamilton or Chauncey Billups. I can take an honest lost, especially after stealing the home-court advantage, but missed opportunities and coaching errors cut deep.
South Bend, Ind.
STEIN: Appreciate the calm tone, Todd. But, yeah. Your exasperation is completely understandable. Shaq touched the ball before Kobe got it, giving Detroit a decent opportunity to foul The Diesel even if coach Larry Brown didn't want to risk clipping Bryant on a 3-point attempt. Your questions were posed to Brown and every Pistons player in several forms after L.A.'s 99-91 overtime triumph.
"I thought I could get out of town before it happens, but maybe not."
— Commissioner David Stern, joking that he once thought he'd be retired from his post before an American team of NBA pros found itself at risk of winning something less than a gold medal in the Olympics.