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 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    April 23, 2015 

Anatomy Of A Disaster – Part 3

(Editor’s Note: Three seasons ago, after the Lakers were swept out of the NBA playoffs in the first round a summary of their troubles was analyzed in part 1 of this series. I didn’t plan on a...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    April 23, 2015 

Can The Clippers Eliminate The Defending Champion Spurs?

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor When Doc Rivers found out the Clippers would be playing the five-time NBA champion San Antonio Spurs in the first playoff round he asked ‘this is what we get for...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    April 23, 2015 

Anatomy Of A Disaster – Part 3

(Editor's Note: Three seasons ago, after the Lakers were swept out of the NBA playoffs in the first round a summary of their troubles was analyzed in part 1 of this series. I didn't plan on a part 2...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    April 16, 2015

Angels Must Pay Hamilton And They're Not Happy

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Major League baseball has announced it won’t investigate the Josh Hamilton case, and that means the Angels are stuck with his sizeable contract for this season....

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    April 9, 2015

I Like Wooden Best, But Krzyzewski Is Getting Close

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor John Wooden guided UCLA to 10 national championships and there’s a solid case that he’s the greatest coach in college basketball history. But if you’re a fan of...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    April 2, 2015

Warriors End Clippers' Seven-Game Winning Streak

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor So many times during the Lakers' feat of winning 16 NBA championships I've been in the building, feeling the excitement, eager to do my work and being thankful I'm in...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    April 2, 2015

UCLA's Two Tournament Wins Salvage Some Credibility

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor When John Wooden was coaching 10 UCLA basketball teams to national championships there was no ESPN. Times have certainly changed. Now the schools best identified with...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    April 2, 2015

UCLA Announcer Roberts Retires

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor UCLA’s loss to Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 last week was the final game for Chris Roberts, who has broadcast Bruin football and basketball for the...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    March 26, 2015

Champion Giants Struggle In Spring Training

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor How important are the results in spring training? The popular belief is the results aren’t very important since minor leaguers often replace major leaguers in the la...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    March 19, 2015

Lowly Knicks Add To Lakers' Troubles

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor The Lakers and New York Knicks are the richest franchises in the NBA, but this season they’re two of the worst teams. The Knicks arrived at Staples Center last...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    March 19, 2015

Ex-Laker Haley, Sportscaster McDonnell Die

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Within a few days last week two well-known men from the local sports scene passed away. Last Friday death claimed Joe McDonnell, who covered sports for four decades,...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    March 12, 2015

Baseball's Pace of Play Rule Has Arrived

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor In recent years baseball officials have been concerned about surveys showing a decline in interest in their sport. Many fans apparently think games last too long....

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    March 12, 2015

Ralph Lawler Night At Staples Center

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Ralph Lawler began broadcasting San Diego Clipper basketball games in 1978. Six years later the team moved to Los Angeles and it seemed likely Lawler wouldn't leave...

 
 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...

 

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