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LaVar Ball and Driving His Kids into a Ditch

December 7th, 2017 · No Comments · Basketball, NBA, UCLA

Yeah, more LaVar. I don’t plan to do that. But we have so many teachable moments involved here that we feel the gravitational pull … of the worst Basketball Dad in the history of the game. A Bleacher Report story, by a reporter based in Israel, where European basketball is a big thing, offers little […]

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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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Mbah a Moute: Big Plus for Rockets

November 23rd, 2017 · 1 Comment · NBA, UCLA

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute‘s final season at UCLA, 2007-08, was also my last as a journalist in Southern California. I remember Mbah a Moute fairly well. He was a junior, a starter at power forward for a UCLA program that was riding high, and a regular contributor the previous two seasons. But he also […]

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Let’s Enjoy Joel Embiid While We Can

November 15th, 2017 · No Comments · Basketball, Lakers, NBA

It is fun when we discover a new sports star/superstar. Just when we get conditioned to the usual roster of the elite, boom, there he is: Another potentially great player. Which is where Joel Embiid comes in. Embiid is a 7-footer with quickness, dexterity and a fine shooting touch who plays center for the Philadelphia […]

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LiAngelo’s Shoplifting? A Handy Twist for ‘Ball in the Family’

November 14th, 2017 · No Comments · Basketball, NBA, UCLA

Reality TV shows based on news-making families cannot be all goodness and light. Some weird stuff going on? Some family tension? That helps feed interest in shows like Keeping up with the Kardashians, which has been runnnig since 2007. And, also, about the Balls and their much more recent reality debut. LiAngelo Ball’s run-in with […]

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Lonzo Fever Chart: No Diagnosis Yet

October 20th, 2017 · No Comments · Basketball, Clippers, Lakers, NBA

Los Angeles Lakers fans presumably saw the stat line from the NBA debut of savior/point guard Lonzo Ball. It was scary. The headline espn.com ran on the Associated Press report began like this: “Deflated Ball”. Couldn’t argue with that. Lonzo was unable to escape the enthusiastic defense of Clippers guard Patrick Beverley and the rookie […]

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It’s Here! The Longer, More Tedious NBA Season

October 16th, 2017 · No Comments · Basketball, NBA

Most observers would say the NBA is better than ever. I would say it is worse. Than ever. Certainly, in terms of competitive balance and number of clubs with a shot at winning a championship. Because stars are clustering in a half-dozen teams. Because several NBA teams have little hope of reaching the playoffs and […]

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San Diego State Can Own the Nation’s 8th-Biggest City

September 23rd, 2017 · 1 Comment · Baseball, Basketball, Chargers, Dodgers, Football, Lakers, Los Angeles Rams, NBA, NFL, soccer

By population, the city of San Diego ranks No. 8 in the country, with approximately 1.4 million residents. By professional sports teams, however, San Diego now ranks perhaps No. 40 in the U.S. It has baseball’s San Diego Padres … and we are done talking about Big Four U.S. sports teams based in one of […]

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Euro Soccer’s Crazed Spending Spree

August 30th, 2017 · No Comments · Barcelona, Baseball, NBA, NFL

Oh, for the comparatively sane salaries of American sports! The NFL gives out big contracts but rarely means it — most of the money is not guaranteed and often is not paid out. The NBA spends enormous sums on players but 1) the league has a salary cap, which taxes big-spending clubs and 2) its […]

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