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 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    August 25, 2016 

Improved Clippers Prepare For Breakout Season

Two seasons ago the Clippers had a 3-1 series lead over the Houston Rockets but faltered and lost their chance to advance to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in their history. Last...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    August 25, 2016 

Lakers Sign Forwards Ingram, Jilianlian

The Lakers took awhile but they signed top draft choice Brandon Ingram this week. They also signed former top 10 draft choice Yi Jianlian, who played well for China in the just-concluded Olympics...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    August 18, 2016

Magic Johnson Enjoys His 57th Birthday

Magic Johnson, the great Laker player and now part-owner of the Dodgers, was warmly received by 42,000 fans on his 57th birthday at Dodger Stadium on Sunday, August 14. Johnson and his two sons threw...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    August 18, 2016

Lakers To Play Clippers On Christmas Day

If you’re a basketball fan in Southern California it’s time to consider your plans for Christmas. The Lakers and Clippers will be playing each other that day in Staples Center. It will be a...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    August 11, 2016

Clippers May Leave Staples Center, Not LA

The Clippers' lease with Staples Center runs until 2024. So they aren't going anywhere else until then. But there are rumors that the Clippers will leave. And runaway rumors must be addressed. Here...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    August 11, 2016

The Speculation Was True: Dodgers Dump Puig

Speculation about Yasiel Puig's future with the Dodgers was strong enough for me to write about it last week. It turned out to be accurate. When the Dodgers flew to Colorado Monday to begin a series...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    August 4, 2016

The Speculation Was True: Dodgers Dump Puig

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Speculation about Yasiel Puig's future with the Dodgers was strong enough for me to write about it last week. It turned out to be accurate. When the Dodgers flew to...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    August 4, 2016

Melvin Durslag Dies At 95

Melvin Durslag, who ranked with Jim Murray and Bud Furillo as Los Angeles ’ premier sports columnists of his time, died last weekend. The 95-year-old Durslag died in a convalesent home in Santa...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    July 28, 2016

Dodgers Are Considering Trading Yasiel Puig

I was in the Dodger Stadium press box on a recent Sunday afternoon when Yasiel Puig was on second base. The next batter hit a routine infield pop up, something we’ve ll seen at least a thousand...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    July 14, 2016

Unlike Kobe, Tim Duncan Retires Quietly

Kobe Bryant and Tim Duncan are future NBA Hall Of Fame players. Both have retired and both are properly being lauded for their accomplishments. But they are different kinds of people. Bryant embraced...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    July 14, 2016

Clippers Retain Four Key Reserves But Lose Two

The Clippers have retained four prominent reserves who had become free agents but will be without two who signed elsewhere. Jamal Crawford, Austin Rivers, Wesley Johnson and Luke Mbah a Moute are...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    July 14, 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    July 7, 2016

Once Again Elite Free Agents Tell Lakers No

In discussing NBA free agent possibilities with colleagues who cover teams in other cities I find a consensus. My colleagues agree with me that the Lakers are kidding themselves by believing they...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    July 7, 2016

Durant Joins Warriors Hoping For A Championship

Kevin Durant played for the Seattle Sonics for a year and eight for the Oklahoma City Thunder for the last eight without winning a championship. He liked Oklahoma, he gave a million dollars to the...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    June 30, 2016

Lakers Draftee Ingram Is Very Talented, Very Slim, Very Young

Last week the Lakers selected Duke freshman Brandon Ingram with the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft. They're happy because the 6-foot-9 forward is a highly regarded prospect who is likely to have an...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    June 30, 2016

Doc Rivers Is Happy With The Clippers' Draft

The Clippers draft didn't high enough to obtain the highest ranked players in last week's NBA draft but Coach Doc Rivers said he's happy with the outcome. "Drafttng 25th. Brice Johnson was the player...

 
 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 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...

 

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