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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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Shaquille O’Neal and Eternal Exposure

August 22nd, 2017 · No Comments · Lakers, NBA

We will never forget Shaquille O’Neal. Even six years after his playing career ended. How could we, when the Big Pitch Man is appearing on television all the time? I count at least three advertising campaigns he is leading — for The General insurance company, for Icy Hot pain-killing lidocaine cream and patches (10 years […]

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Lakers: All About Lonzo Now

July 9th, 2017 · No Comments · Basketball, Lakers, NBA

Lonzo Ball’s first game with the Lakers, in an NBA Summer League game in Las Vegas last night, was a disaster. The stuff of nightmares. The No. 2 pick in the 2017 draft, the “next Magic Johnson”, stunk it up. Two-for-15 shooting from the field. One-for-11 from three. Welcome to the league, Lonzo. Or the […]

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Legalized Sports Gambling: A Sucker’s Bet

June 27th, 2017 · No Comments · Football, NBA, NFL, soccer

This depresses me — the notion of legal betting on sports in most, if not all, U.S. states. It could happen, perhaps as soon as next year. The Supreme Court this week decided to hear the state of New Jersey’s appeal on legalized sports gambling — which Jersey, always a leader in taste and good […]

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Barcelona and Revisiting Main Site of the 1992 Summer Olympics

June 24th, 2017 · No Comments · Barcelona, NBA, Olympics, Spain, Sports Journalism

I first traveled to Barcelona in the summer of 1992 to help cover the Summer Olympics for Gannett News Service. I was very impressed with the place. It had charm. It had class. It organized a very fine Olympics. It seemed like a city people would want to see, if they knew about it. And […]

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Ranking North America’s Sports Drafts

June 21st, 2017 · No Comments · Baseball, Lists, NBA, NFL, soccer

The draft. Whichever you want to talk about … is very much an American thing. The rest of the world, you collect players in a youth system and watch them develop. You keep a few, loan some others, release the rest. Especially the case in world soccer. In the U.S. however, talent is typically distributed […]

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Lakers Draft: Lonzo, George or a Surprise?

June 19th, 2017 · No Comments · Basketball, Kobe, Lakers, NBA

How hard must it be to be the top brass of the Los Angeles Lakers, at this moment? They have the No. 2 pick in the draft, but no first-round pick next year, and they have some hard decisions to make — with the very real possibility if they get things wrong, come Thursday, their […]

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Steph Steps Aside as Durant’s Warriors Win NBA Title

June 12th, 2017 · 1 Comment · Basketball, NBA

Let me mention it again. I have been outside the U.S. for all but a few months since October of 2009. I remain a fan of all American team sports I once covered as a journalist — baseball, football, basketball … But I cannot say I have, week in and week out, seen all the […]

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