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 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    June 23, 2016

Championship Elevates LeBron Among All-Time Greatest Players

Until someone gets 12 championships on his resume I will continue to rank Bill Russell as the most valuable player in NBA history. He led the Boston Celtics to 11 championships While playing against...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    June 23, 2016

The Warriors Are Going After Durant

Several months ago I interviewed Jerry West and featured my story about his contributions to the Golden State Warriors in his consultant role. Proud of the Warriors ’ success, he concluded the...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    June 16, 2016 

The Dodgers' Playoff Chances Are Diminishing

When the baseball season began I observed that the Dodgers would have trouble in 2016. They had been outbid for the elite pitchers who had become free agents. They spent a lot of money on foreign...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    June 16, 2016 

Bud Furillo, The Steamer; A Great Read for Sports Fans

If you're relatively new to Southern California you probably won't get much out of this column. But if you're an old timer you might want to be reminded of the accomplishments of Bud Furillo, who...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    June 2, 2016

Warriors Have Eye On Multiple Championships, Greatness

When the Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship last season comparisons to the great teams of the past were heard. We hadn’t seen a shooter better than Steph Curry. The Warriors’ style of...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    May 26, 2016

FANTAASTIC: LA To Host 2021 Super Bowl

The first Super Bowl was played in Los Angeles in 1967. The 55th one will be hosted by Los Angeles in 2021 in the LA Rams’ new stadium in Inglewood. This is not trivial news. It is, in fact,...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    May 19, 2016

Luke and Emily

Six years ago Luke Walton was a player for the Lakers and six-year-old Emily Olshan was a fan who was attending her first NBA game. Who knew what the years would bring? Walton completed his playing...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    May 19, 2016

Farewell LA Sports Arena: Thanks For The Memories

When a closing ceremony was held last Thursday for the official ending of the Los Angeles Sports Arena after 57years my mind wandered into the past. “I used to work there,” I told my friends. Then...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    May 12, 2016

Clippers Are Anxious To Negotiate With Their Many Free Agents

The Clippers blew a 3-1 series lead and lost a year ago in the NBA playoffs. They had a 2-0 lead this time and lost after their two biggest stars, Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, were injured and ruled...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    May 5, 2016

Fred Altieri Will Cover The Rams For Observer

Before I write anything else about this I want to assure you readers that Fred Altieri will continue to provide his exceptional coverage of Culver City High sports for The Observer. Having said that...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    May 5, 2016

Luke Walton Has Good News And Bad News

Luke Walton called Steve Kerr last Friday afternoon. “I have good news and bad news,” the Golden State Warriors’ assistant coach told the head coach. “Start with the good news,” Kerr said....

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    April 28, 2016

Exhausted Clippers Get Down To Their Final Hope

When the Clippers lost to the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday night in Staples Center they became one defeat away from having their once-promising season come to an end. Trailing three games to two...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    April 28, 2016

The Latest Laker Fiasco: Byron Scott Is Fired

Gregg Popovich has coached the San Antonio Spurs for 18 years and the Spurs have made the playoffs every year. RC Buford is the general manager. Buford and Popovich work extremely well together. They...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    April 28, 2016

ANATOMY OF A DISASTER -- Part 4

When I wrote Anatomy Of A Disaster four years ago I had no intention of repeating it the next season. But readers were so fed up with the Lakers’ demise they requested it. Then we had last season,...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    April 21, 2016

The Clippers Feel A Sense Of Urgency

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor After the Clippers won their first two playoff games this week Chris Paul had his mind on what happened in last season's playoffs. "Considering how last season ended...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    April 4, 2016

Griffin Is Back But How Effective Will He Be?

I went to Staples Center Sunday to see a basketball game. Instead, I saw a workout. Blake Griffin was returning to the Clippers after missing 45 games due to a broken hand, a torn quadriceps and a...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    April 4, 2016

Dodgers Are Elated with Puig's Fast Start

There’s no doubt that Yasiel Puig has a lot of baseball talent. But he’s been so erratic with the Dodgers that he’s inspired opinions from columnists and fans that he should be traded. But...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    March 31, 2016

It Looks Like UCLA Won't Fire It's Basketball Coach

Many UCLA basketball fans are so eager to see Coach Steve Alford fired that they signed a petition requesting that. It’s pretty shocking how UCLA recently finished its season, finishing 10th in the...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    March 24, 2016

Dodgers Have New Payment Strategy: Will It Work?

Last season the Dodgers had the highest player payroll in baseball history-- $291 million. They didn’t reach the World Series and now there is evidence that the Dodgers have adopted a new strategy....

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    March 17, 2016

Spine Injury Is Affecting Angels' Weaver

Jered Weaver is one of the Angels’ biggest stars and most valuable players. But he’s having a major problem in spring training. Weaver, who won 18 games in 2014, is throwing only 79 mph these...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    March 17, 2016

I Applaud Byron Scott for Benching Russell

Laker broadcaster John Ireland is a friend of mine. He now does the work I used to do – travel all season with the Lakers and form strong opinions about their play. He broadcasts and I write, but...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    March 10, 2016

108 Years Later Cubs Favored To Win World Series

In a shocking development, Dexter Fowler showed up at the Chicago Cubs training base last week ready to play. It was shocking because Fowler, an outfielder who was with the Cubs last season, turned...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    March 3, 2016

If Manning Plays It Could Be Here

How about Payton Manning playing quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams next season? What? Isn’t the 39-year-old Manning going to retire? Maybe. Maybe not. If you read this column regularly you...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    March 3, 2016

108 Years Later Cubs Favored To Win World Series

In a shocking development, Dexter Fowler showed up at the Chicago Cubs training base last week ready to play. It was shocking because Fowler, an outfielder who was with the Cubs last season, turned...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    February 25, 2016

Clippers Have High Hopes For Jeff Green

Last week at the NBA trading deadline the Clippers acquired 6-foot-9 forward Jeff Green from Memphis. It is being viewed as a trade that will help the Clippers because they’re finally replacing...

 

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