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The Chick Hearn of France

April 16th, 2017 · No Comments · Basketball, Lakers, NBA

The NBA is a fairly big attraction, in France, a nation which also has produced the greatest number of foreign players in the league, about a dozen. The New York Times today has drawn a link between a Franco-American wannabe baller — who did heavily accented commentary for French television for much of two decades […]

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Not All Precincts Have Reported, but Westbrook Has Healthy Lead in MVP Vote

April 15th, 2017 · No Comments · Basketball, NBA

Perhaps you have been following the great debates over who should win the Most Valuable Player race in the NBA. The 2016-17 competition is about as hot as it gets. People of intelligence and good will can make a case for at least four players, and that is leaving Stephen Curry, the two-time defending MVP […]

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Meanwhile, Back in the World, the Lakers Screw Up

April 14th, 2017 · No Comments · Basketball, Lakers, NBA

While slogging through the hills of northern Spain, it was easy to lose track of stories he or she thought were important, before. And after. Top of the list on the sports side, for me … is the Lakers’ ridiculous five-game winning streak that cost them a chance to have the second-best position in the […]

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West Coast Again Fails to Win NCAA Title

April 3rd, 2017 · No Comments · Basketball, UCLA

Yes, I was a Gonzaga partisan, in the NCAA final. I tend to pull for the West Coast team, if one is available, and Gonzaga qualifies because it plays in the Pacific time zone. Alas, it a ragged, herky-jerky and poorly officiated game (44 fouls!?!) ended at North Carolina 70, Gonzaga 65 — at about […]

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Two Close Calls, but I Missed Out on a Final Four

March 31st, 2017 · No Comments · Basketball, The Sun, UCLA

We return to the Wayback Machine of NCAA basketball today, recalling two close calls between my journalism self and the Final Four. It is the one annual sports event I regret never covering in my 40 years in print journalism. To be sure, there were other big events staged annually that I never covered. The […]

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Speaking with Star of Oregon’s 1939 NCAA Champions

March 30th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Basketball, The Sun

On March 27, 1939, the University of Oregon won the first NCAA basketball championship — actually, the first NCAA team championship of any sort — 46-33 over Ohio State. That has been mentioned a time or two this week as the Ducks prepare for their Final Four game Saturday with North Carolina — 1939 being […]

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UConn Domination Is Bad for Women’s Basketball

March 27th, 2017 · No Comments · Basketball

If you would have told me, in January of 1974, that UCLA’s basketball team needed to have its 88-game winning streak broken, as well as its run of seven consecutive NCAA championships … I might have punched you. UCLA winning seemingly “forever” was good because … well, because I was pulling for them. And so […]

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There’s No Crying in Basketball!

March 25th, 2017 · No Comments · Basketball, NBA, UCLA

Oh, wait. There is. Scads of it. In the NCAA Tournament, anyway. Talking the guys, here. The women might be doing it, too, but they aren’t televised where I live. I have been impressed … or at least seen this often enough over the past 10 days to take note, again … at how many […]

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Lonzo Ball and His NCAA Tournament Destiny

March 19th, 2017 · No Comments · Basketball, UCLA

The question for Lonzo Ball now is this: Just how memorable will his one-and-done NCAA Tournament be? He certainly will leave UCLA after this season, moving on to the NBA/multi-millionaire portion of his basketball career. This is Ball’s one chance to leave a lasting impression, as a freshman, on March Madness. Could he channel John […]

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March Madness: Eight Hours of NCAA Tourney TV

March 18th, 2017 · No Comments · Basketball, France, UCLA

I didn’t plan this. It was early on a Saturday evening and many of the regular TV options were not available, so on went the second half of West Virginia vs. Notre Dame in the NCAA basketball tournament, which I could see via ESPN GB … And nearly eight hours later I had watched much […]

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