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 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...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    February 18, 2016

What May Happen In This Baseball Season

The Super Bowl is over. The NBA took a mid-season break. Baseball is on my mind today. Spring training has begun and my memories are vivid of the 12 times I went to Dodgertown in Vero Beach to cover...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    February 11, 2016

A Very Bad Day For Cam Newton

Right after the Carolina Panthers lost to the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl 50 last Sunday the quarterbacks met on the field. “I know how hard this is,” Payton Manning told Cam Newton. “I’ve...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    February 4, 2016

Clippers Have A Dilemma With Griffin

As the Clippers ponder their decision about Blake Griffin they have to take into account the franchise’s history. They cannot escape the reality that there’s been a lot of trouble in the past...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    January 28, 2016

Clippers Statement on Blake Griffin

It has been reported that Clippers forward Blake Griffin suffered a broken hand from punching a member of the team's training staff in a restaurant in Toronto on the team's current trip. The...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    January 28, 2016

Are Rams Being Accepted In LA? I Think So

For at least 15 years I tried to ignore rumors about the National Football League coming back to Los Angeles. We’re busy here at the Observer Newspapers. We don’t have time or newspaper space for...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    January 14, 2016

WELCOME HOME, LA RAMS

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Have you ever had a close relative or a favorite neighbor who broke your heart by moving to another city? And then came back for a joyous reunion? Los Angeles football...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    January 7, 2016

Now Those Daffy Clippers Are Winning

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor The Clippers have earned a reputation for being a talented team that can’t close out games. They blew a 19-point second half lead in their second round playoff...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    January 7, 2016

Lakers' Recent Winning Streak Weakens Their Lottery Position

By Mitch Chortkoff It's not a pleasant subject among NBA folks. But it can't be ignored. Teams hopelessly out of playoff contention can benefit from falling even further behind because the lower they...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    December 31, 2015

NFL May Decide LA Situation January 12

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor This could be it. Or maybe not. Well, they’re saying it is going to happen. So perhaps. I’m writing about the possibility that on January 12 we’re going to find...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    December 31, 2015

Jerry West: Still Going Strong at 77

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Basketball fans admired Jerry West when he was in his 20s and 30s. First, he and Elgin Baylor were superstars who introduced the NBA to Los Angeles. Then in 1972 he...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    December 31, 2015

My 20-Year Memories Of Kobe Bryant

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor It was 1996 and I was in Honolulu covering the Lakers' training camp. It was an especially important one because General Manager Jerry West had made a spectacular...

 

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