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Entries Tagged as 'NBA'

Happy to Be Laughably, Absurdly Wrong

October 12th, 2020 · No Comments · Lakers, NBA

I posted an item late and in a hurry last night; I wanted to make sure my lightning-bolt of insight — that the Miami Heat was a better team than the Los Angeles Lakers — could be seen before Game 6 of the NBA Finals tipped off. It was close, but there it was: the […]

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Uh-Oh; Heat Is Better Than Lakers

October 11th, 2020 · No Comments · Basketball, Lakers, NBA

Ahead of Game 1 in the NBA finals, 17 of 25 ESPN basketball reporters — described as “experts” by the website — predicted the Lakers would emerge victorious. Of course, that was before observers realized that the Heat is just plain better than the Lakers. That was hammered home the other night when the Heat […]

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Up All Night with ‘My’ Teams

October 9th, 2020 · No Comments · Baseball, Basketball, Dodgers, Football, France, Lakers, Los Angeles Rams, NBA, NFL, Rams, Sports, Sports Journalism

I need the Lakers to close out the NBA Finals tonight. Because I have money on them? Because I have become a fan of LeBron James? Because I can’t stand to see them lose? Nope. I need them to win so I can get a little sleep. A downside for an American living in France? […]

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Butler and the King

October 6th, 2020 · No Comments · Lakers, NBA

Here is the secret to the NBA’s success: It is so personal. In no other major team sport are the competitors so clearly revealed to the audience, or to each other. Physically, mentally, emotionally. These are giants who compete in teams of five, in their underwear, on a crowded stage, where some of their soaring […]

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Championships at Stake This Month for L.A.’s Two Favorite Teams

October 1st, 2020 · No Comments · Baseball, Chargers, Clippers, Dodgers, Kobe, Lakers, NBA, NFL, Rams

Well, here we are. A city, a metropolitan center that had to be content (in terms of the Big Four professional sports leagues) with a couple of Stanley Cup championships over the previous decade. Now, L.A. finds out if its favorite two clubs can win titles in the same month. Los Angeles is overrun by […]

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Legacies in Play for Lakers, LeBron

September 18th, 2020 · No Comments · Basketball, Kobe, Lakers, NBA

Hey, no pressure, but … –The Lakers are one championship behind the Boston Celtics for the most NBA titles, 17. They could catch their green arch-rivals by winning The Bubble Finals in Florida. —LeBron James already has passed Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant in career scoring, has only Karl Malone and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in front […]

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About That Lakers-Clippers Playoffs Showdown

September 16th, 2020 · No Comments · Clippers, Lakers, NBA

It must be tough being a Clippers fan. Well, heck, yeah, it is. The franchise has been around for a half-century now and has never played in an NBA Finals, let alone won one. The odometer rolled over to 50 seasons of failure last night when the Denver Nuggets completed a comeback from 3-1 down […]

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May We Have a Lakers-Clippers NBA Playoffs Collision, Please?

August 17th, 2020 · No Comments · Basketball, Clippers, Kobe, Lakers, NBA, Uncategorized

I believe it is time to give the National Basketball Association full credit for pulling off something no one was quite sure would work: The NBA Bubble. Twenty-two teams, dispatched to the ESPN/Disney enclosed sports pod in Orlando, and left to figure out the bottom of the standings, and then stage the whole of the […]

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Big League Sports to Return? Ask the Virus

June 25th, 2020 · No Comments · Baseball, Basketball, coronavirus, Football, NBA, NFL, Sports Journalism

Baseball is on the way back, we were told this week. “Spring” training camps will open on July 1, a 60-game mini-regular-season will begin play on or about July 24, and the World Series will finish no later than October 28. The NBA’s plan for a return-to-play “bubble” in Orlando was made public on June […]

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NBA’s Return Means Title Shots for Lakers and Clippers

June 5th, 2020 · No Comments · Basketball, Clippers, coronavirus, Lakers, NBA

The NBA returning to action this season? For a while there, it seemed unlikely. Everyone’s attention was focused on the killer Covid-19 virus, as it should have been, and during the harrowing height of the pandemic it was easy to forget this salient basketball fact: Los Angeles’s two teams would have lost a chance to […]

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