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Lonzo Ball and the $199 Autographs

February 14th, 2018 · No Comments · Basketball, Kobe, Lakers

Two things I believe about sports autographs. 1) No one past the age of 12 should ever ask for one. Adults don’t ask for the signatures of other adults — unless they plan to sell them on for more money, which is vile, and another good reason why adults should not ask for autographs. And, […]

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About the Lakers and the Summer of 2018 …

February 5th, 2018 · No Comments · Basketball, Lakers, NBA

That was reality that slapped the Los Angeles Lakers in the face. Magic Johnson and Rob Pelinka, the duo responsible for the club’s roster, apparently have been disabused of the notion that a free-agent superstar or two is keen to join their team this summer. According to espn.com, the Lakers no longer are banking that […]

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Blake Griffin and the Historical Necessity of the Clippers Getting Rid of Their Best Player

January 31st, 2018 · No Comments · Basketball, Clippers, Lakers, NBA

If you live in France and get a batch of English-language programming on your TV deal … you can watch a ton of NBA games. There are the ESPN nights, and the TNT nights and whoever has the weekends … and it feels like I can count on an NBA doubleheader at least four nights […]

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Trae Young: The Shooting Star the Lakers Missed by a Year

January 4th, 2018 · No Comments · Basketball, Lakers, NBA

Remember when Lonzo Ball looked special? Back during his one season at UCLA? Wow. Look at that pass. And he can make some threes despite that tragic shooting stroke! That kid is someone the Lakers can build their team around. Yeah. Yeah. And then the world got a load of Trae Young, likely a one-and-done […]

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The Lakers, and When Tanking Isn’t an Option

January 3rd, 2018 · No Comments · Basketball, Lakers, NBA

Not a good sign when you just assume your neighborhood NBA team is tanking. Because they have been doing it so long. Take the Los Angeles Lakers, nuked 133-96 by the Oklahoma City Thunder tonight at Staples Center. Those acclimated to seeing a Lakers defeat and thinking, “ah, good” … well, it is sometimes difficult […]

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Today’s List: Ten 2017 Sports Events That Popped into My Head

December 31st, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Barcelona, Baseball, Basketball, College football, Dodgers, Fifa, Football, Lakers, Lists, Los Angeles Rams, NBA, NFL, Rams, Russia 2018, soccer, Spain, UAE, UCLA, USC, World Cup

This is not an exercise in academic rigor. I did not have someone sitting with a note pad writing down literally the first 10 facts I could recall pertaining to sports in 2017. But … it is a fairly accurate recreation of a fairly quick trip through my brain to see what stuck from the […]

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The Lakers and Their First-Round Rookie Star

December 20th, 2017 · No Comments · Lakers, NBA

No, not Lonzo Ball. The jury is out on him … and may remain sequestered for a year or three. No idea how that verdict will come down. Talking here about Kyle Kuzma, the 27th pick in the first round of this year’s NBA draft. The 6-foot-9 forward Kyle Kuzma who scored 38 points and […]

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No More Sympathy for LaVar Ball

December 4th, 2017 · No Comments · Basketball, Lakers, NBA, UCLA

For a time, I could not help but feel some sympathy, and a little admiration, for LaVar Bell and his big plans for his sons and for himself. Here was a father deeply (very, very deeply) involved with his sons’ lives, overseeing their training and practice in an effort to see all three of them […]

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The Clippers and Their Sure Return to Incompetence

November 28th, 2017 · No Comments · Basketball, Clippers, Lakers, NBA

As a native of Southern California, I knew all about the Los Angeles Clippers. They were bad, except when they were horrid. They didn’t have fans, per se; their games were attended by bargain-hunters who could not afford to see the Lakers or were supporters of whatever NBA team the Clippers happened to be playing. […]

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Lonzo Ball Walks Away from Trouble

November 18th, 2017 · No Comments · Basketball, Lakers

A shoving match broke out during the Los Angeles Lakers’ game in Phoenix last night. It was an entirely forgettable, silly display, as most NBA fracases are. A little post-whistle bump here (by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope), a modest shove there (by Tyler Ulis of the Suns) … and teammates rushing in to separate the “combatants”. Noticeable […]

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