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 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    March 5, 2015 

Hey, Nick Young, This Isn't The Lakers' Way

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Kobe Bryant was outraged. Byron Scott was outraged. Mitch Chortkoff was outraged. How can a mere sportswriter include himself on a list of competitors outraged by the...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    February 26, 2015

Jordan's Free Throw Problems Irritate Clipper Fans

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor I often attend Doc Rivers’ pre-game sessions with the media at Staples Center. The session was of particular interest last Thursday night because DeAndre Jordan had...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    February 19, 2015

Angels Are Optimistic as Season Begins

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor In this space last week I speculated that the San Diego Padres could be as good as the Dodgers this season. A respected colleague, Lyle Spencer of mlb.com went a step...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    February 12, 2015

Kobe Will Rehabilitate, Try To Play Again

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Before Kobe Bryant can play his 20th season with the Lakers he’ll have to rehabilitate from his current torn rotator cuff. Doctors regard it as a nine-month...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    February 5, 2015

Pete Carroll's Not So Super Decision

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor A year ago Pete Carroll was a pro football hero. A coach who had been fired by NFL teams twice early in his career had come all the way back, following nine years of...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    January 29, 2015

Clippers Make History By Acquiring Coach's Son

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Last week Clippers coach Doc Rivers was considering making a trade that would bring his son, Austin Rivers to the team. He asked his wife what she thought of the idea....

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    January 29, 2015

Lakers Surrender For This Season

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor All right, you win, we surrender. Those words often come from battlefields. Today, they appear to be coming from the Lakers. When Kobe Bryant underwent surgery...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    January 22, 2015

Former USC Coach Bob Boyd Dies

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor I was a young sportswriter, in my 20s when I joined the staff at the Los Angeles Herald-Examiner. There was a UCLA background in my family. My brother had graduated...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    January 22, 2015

Who's More Super? Wilson or Brady?

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Russell Wilson or Tom Brady? The quarterback who plays best in Super Bowl 49 on Feb. 1 will likely lead his team to the NFL championship. Wilson, a third round draft...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    January 15, 2015

Surprising Ohio State Wins National Championship

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor After Ohio State defeated Oregon Monday night to win the first ever college football playoff Coach Urban Meyer called the Buckeyes’rags to riches story one of the...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    January 8, 2015

Who's Best? Oregon or Ohio State?

For many years the Pac-10 champion and Big Ten champion capped a football season by playing in the Rose Bowl game. This time the conference’s best teams, Oregon and Ohio State, will also cap a seaso...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    January 1, 2015

A Christmas Gift: Five NBA Games On National TV

(mith on NBA) Kobe Doesn’t Play As Lakers Lose By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor On Christmas day folks annually gather for a festive occasion. But the National Basketball Association has another...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    December 25, 2014

Struggling Lakers Miss Gasol A Lot

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor As I look at the Lakers’ dreadful record I wonder how much better they’d be this season if Pau Gasol remained on the team. Gasol, a far better big man than anyone...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    December 18, 2014

Kobe Has Been Great, But the Greatest Laker???

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor When the National Basketball Association revealed its list of the 50 greatest players of all time I was on the selection committee. When the list was made public,...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    December 18, 2014

What's Worse? Trading Kemp Or Piazza

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor In 1998 the Dodgers traded away Mike Piazza in what immediately became the most unpopular move in their Los Angeles history. Last week the Dodgers traded away Matt...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    December 11, 2014

Football Playoff Committee Was Clumsy But Got It Right

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor The committee that settled on the four teams who’ll play in the first College Football Playoff got it right at the finish. But this distinguished group created...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    December 11, 2014

Believe It Or Not, Stanton's Contract Makes Sense

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Giancarlo Stanton recently signed a 13-year, $325 million contract with the Miami Marlins. Although the right fielder hit 37 home runs last season and came close to...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    December 4, 2014

Lakers' Henry Out For The Season

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Reserve guard Xavier Henry is the latest in a long line of Laker players who have been injured in the last two seasons. Henry suffered a ruptured left Achilles tendon...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    December 4, 2014

Clippers Put It Together On Historic Trip

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor The joke in the Staples Center press room a few weeks ago was that new Clippers owner Steve Ballmer had called a meeting of the players. And he told them “if you...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    November 27, 2014

It's The Jim Mora Era At UCLA

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor I'm old enough to remember Red Sanders' impact when he coached football at UCLA. And the dynasties of John McKay and Pete Carroll at USC, among others. In this city...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    November 20, 2014

We're So Lucky To Have MVPs Kershaw, Trout

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Out of all the major league baseball players on teams throughout the land the MVPs have been chosen and they both play in Southern California. If you're a baseball fan...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    November 13, 2014

New NBA Season Brings Early Surprises

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor The NBA season began only two weeks ago but already there have been numerous surprises. The biggest one is the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 1-3 start and apparent friction...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    November 13, 2014

Father Of Laker Ellington Shot To Death

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor The father of Laker guard Wayne Ellington was shot to death in a car in Philadelphia last week. Ellington has been granted a leave from the team. “He needs time to...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    November 13, 2014

We're So Lucky To Have MVPs Kershaw, Trout

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Out of all the major league baseball players on teams throughout the land the MVPs have been chosen and they both play in Southern California. If you're a baseball fan...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    November 6, 2014

Kobe Says He's Staying Here

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Kobe Bryant has an answer for those who think he should request a trade from the Lakers. “I’ve heard the chatter that I should ask out and go to a contender for...

 

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