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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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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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Lakers Imperiled by Buss Family Feud

March 3rd, 2017 · No Comments · Basketball, Lakers, NBA

This was a day when the strains inside the Buss family came out in the open and were shown to be a clear and present danger to the stability of the Los Angeles Lakers franchise. Jim Buss, who ran the basketball operations side of things for the Lakers, last week was fired by his sister, […]

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Managing a Son’s Career, for Now

February 26th, 2017 · 1 Comment · 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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