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Lonzo Ball and Ridiculous Expectations

October 3rd, 2017 · No Comments · Basketball, Kobe, Lakers

I already feel sorry for Lonzo Ball. What we can reasonably expect from the Los Angeles Lakers’ 19-year-old NBA rookie bears no resemblance to what most fans and even many “experts” seem to expect from him. One of those self-professed experts is his father, LaVar, who does Lonzo no favors when he suggests — well, […]

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Lakers Draft: Lonzo, George or a Surprise?

June 19th, 2017 · No Comments · Basketball, Kobe, Lakers, NBA

How hard must it be to be the top brass of the Los Angeles Lakers, at this moment? They have the No. 2 pick in the draft, but no first-round pick next year, and they have some hard decisions to make — with the very real possibility if they get things wrong, come Thursday, their […]

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Lakers Front-Office Shakeup: What Took So Long?

February 21st, 2017 · No Comments · Basketball, Kobe, Lakers, NBA

Jerry Buss died on February 18, 2013. Two months later, the team he owned, the Los Angeles Lakers, completed a 45-37 regular season and qualified for the NBA playoffs for the 31st time in the 33 seasons played since Buss bought a controlling interest in the club, ahead of the 1979-80 season. Buss left his […]

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Three Years Later, Future Looks Bright for Lakers

November 16th, 2016 · No Comments · Basketball, Kobe, Lakers, NBA

It was a rough three seasons for Los Angeles Lakers fans. Not long after the conclusion of a five-titles-in-10-years run, those fans saw their team become an NBA afterthought … if not a laughingstock. After the Lakers went 45-37 and made the playoffs, in 2012-13, the decline came hard and deep. To 27-55 in 2013-14 […]

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What the Lakers Were Doing as Golden State Assembled a Record-Breaking Team

May 28th, 2016 · No Comments · Basketball, Kobe, Lakers, NBA

This topic occurred to me tonight as I watched video of Draymond Green reciting, in selection order, the 34 players who were taken ahead of him in the 2012 NBA draft. This is significant because the Golden State Warriors, who spent their second-round pick that summer on the Big Ten player of the year … […]

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Prize Dodgers Prospect Julio Urias to Make MLB Debut

May 26th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Baseball, Dodgers, Kobe

Only a few weeks after forward-thinking baseball pundits pooh-poohed the likelihood — as well as the wisdom — of calling up “best pitching prospect in ball” Jose Urias … the Dodgers have done just that. The left-hander from Mexico, still only 19, was working on a 27-inning scoreless streak in Triple-A when he got the […]

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Chris Paul, the Clippers and What Might Have Been with the Lakers

April 26th, 2016 · No Comments · Basketball, Clippers, Kobe, Lakers, NBA

How Clippers is this? Ten hours after learning yesterday that Stephen Curry, leading man of the Golden State Warriors, will be out for two weeks, setting up the possibility of the Clippers being able to beat a weakened Warriors team in the second round of the NBA playoffs … … Chris Paul suffers a broken […]

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Kobe’s 60 Eclipses the Warriors’ 73, at Least for One Night

April 13th, 2016 · No Comments · Football, Kobe, Lakers, NBA, soccer

Well, that was an NBA regular season that ended with a bang. The Golden State Warriors recorded an unprecedented 73rd victory, but somehow it seemed less astonishing than Kobe Bryant ending his 20-year Lakers career by scoring 60. 60! Kobe spent much of the season struggling to be something more than a subpar player who […]

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Today’s List: Kudos Only!

April 7th, 2016 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Angels, Baseball, Dodgers, English Premier League, Football, Kobe, Lakers, Lists, NBA, soccer

Well, it’s good news in my view of the world, anyway. We don’t have to be negative all the time, do we? Let’s do a list to celebrate some of the uplifting or inspirational or remarkable. For one day, anyway.

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Kobe and the End of Eras: His and His Style of Play

November 30th, 2015 · No Comments · Basketball, Kobe, Lakers, NBA

Kobe Bryant’s decision on Sunday to announce his retirement, effective at the end of the current season, was timely and proper and even a bit quixotic, coming as it did in the form of a poem written by the player and posted on a somewhat obscure players forum. What he addressed in those words was […]

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