Mark Price was almost automatic from the free throw line during his 12 seasons in the NBA. So was the Cavaliers' decision to retire the former all-star guard's number.
Price, whose arrival in Cleveland coincided with the franchise's greatest run of success, had his No. 25 jersey retired during halftime ceremonies last night of the Cavaliers' game against the Bucks.
Price, the NBA's all-time leader in free throw percentage, played nine seasons for the Cavaliers, finishing as the club's career leader in assists, steals and three-pointers. He was presented with a piece of the floor from the Richfield Coliseum, the team's former home, and stood just behind the three-point arc as his number was raised to the ceiling of Gund Arena.
"I always wanted to give my all on the court for you," he told the crowd. "I think that's why my time here in Cleveland was so special, because y'all work hard. I loved playing here."
In '92, Price, considered too small to make it in the league, became the first--and still the only--Cavaliers player to be named first-team all-NBA, joining Michael Jordan, Hakeem Olajuwon, Karl Malone and Charles Barkley.
Price, a four-time all-star, converted nearly 91 percent of his 2,362 free throw attempts in his career, missing just 23 from 1991 to '93 (567-590). He spent the 1995-96 season with the Bullets but appeared in just seven games in 1995-96 because of injuries.
MOVES: The Lakers activated F Robert Horry, who had been out with soreness in his left knee, and waived former University of Minnesota star Sam Jacobson.
Jacobson, a guard taken by the Lakers with the 26th pick in the 1998 NBA draft, averaged 3.3 points while appearing in three of the Lakers' six games this season.
He played in only two games last season, averaging four points and 1.5 rebounds a game. . . .
The Pistons signed free agent G John Crotty, placing him on the injured list with a strained groin and activating rookie G Jermaine Jackson. To open a roster spot for Crotty, 30, the Pistons waived G Marcus Brown.