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Managing a Son’s Career, for Now

February 26th, 2017 · No Comments · Basketball, Lakers, NBA, UCLA

This is a familial train wreck waiting to happen. LaVar Ball is the father of UCLA freshman guard Lonzo Ball, a likely lottery pick in the next NBA draft. LaVar Ball tends to say colorful things pertaining to his three sons and, in particular, Lonzo, the eldest. Up to this point a year ago, anything […]

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Magic Johnson Gets First Trade Right

February 22nd, 2017 · No Comments · Basketball, Lakers, NBA

Even before his first full day as Lakers president of basketball operations ended, Magic Johnson pulled off a trade that will help the Lakers in what figures to be a long climb back to respectability. Journeyman guard Lou Williams to the Houston Rockets for journeyman forward Corey Brewer and a Rockets first-round draft pick. Some […]

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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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The Attention-Grabbing Cousins Trade

February 20th, 2017 · No Comments · Basketball, Lakers, NBA

DeMarcus Cousins was traded by the Sacramento Kings to the New Orleans Pelicans today in what seemed like a lopsided deal. The Pelicans got perhaps the league’s most prominent big man (and currently the league’s No. 4 scorer, at 27.8 ppg) in exchange for a whole lot of not much — rookie wing Buddy Hield, […]

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Catching Up With the Flawed Clippers

January 24th, 2017 · No Comments · Basketball, Clippers, Lakers, NBA

When we last lived full-time in the U.S., the Lakers were good and the Clippers were awful. Same-ol’ same-ol’, that is. Now, the Lakers are awful and the Clippers are … pretty good. Not as good as some thought they would be, certainly not champion contenders, but the best team in Los Angeles and a […]

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NBA, Hanging Santa on Christmas Day

December 25th, 2016 · No Comments · Basketball, Clippers, France, Lakers, NBA, NFL

We concluded most of our holiday activities on Christmas Eve, aside from getting a photo of “hanging Santa” (above, info below). So that left me free to eat a lot of turkey and watch NBA December 25th games till tryptophan and hoops overload knocked me out. I saw the whole of the game of the […]

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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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Rams Push Galaxy Down the Los Angeles Pecking Order

September 18th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Angels, Baseball, Dodgers, Football, Galaxy, Lakers, Landon Donovan, Los Angeles Rams, NBA, NFL, soccer

The LA Galaxy has been around for 21 seasons now, but it struck me today that never in that time had the soccer club had to fight for attention in its hometown with a local National Football League team. The NFL abandoned the Los Angeles market after the 1994 season, when the Rams and Raiders […]

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Eight Summer Olympics Is Enough

August 3rd, 2016 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, Baseball, Basketball, Beijing Olympics, Dodgers, Football, Journalism, Lakers, London 2012, NBA, Newspapers, Olympics, Rio Olympics, soccer, Sports Journalism, The National, UAE, World Cup

Rio 2016 is the first Summer Olympics I will not attend since Moscow 1980. Yes, it was a good run. I made it to eight consecutive Summer Games. Beginning with Los Angeles 1984 and continuing with Seoul 1988, Barcelona 1992, Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008 and London 2012. The first four with […]

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Is Tyronn Lue the Cavaliers’ Biggest Problem?

June 2nd, 2016 · No Comments · Clippers, Lakers, NBA

Despite reading a dozen stories on Game 1 of the NBA Finals, I am still not quite clear on why the Cleveland Cavaliers lost by 15 points — even while limiting Golden State stars Stephen Curry and Klay Thompson to 20 points. Combined. I didn’t see the game because 1) it started at 3 a.m. […]

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