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 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    March 16, 2017 

Meet The Lakers' New General Manager, Longtime Agent Makes A Bold Career Move

Mitch Kupchak learned the General Manager business from Jerry West, then took over. He had good years but not many in his final ones with lowly Laker teams and now he’s been replaced. What about...

 

It Keeps Getting Worse For The Lakers

Four straight terrible seasons, four years out of the playoffs, four years when I' ve been writing about the decline of one of the NBA' s greatest franchises. It seemed like it couldn' t get worse for...

 

Clippers Eye Possible Move To Inglewood But Not Until The 2024 Season

The Lakers used to play in Inglewood. Soon the Rams and Chargers will be playing in Inglewood. And then the Clippers? Stan Kroenke, who owns the Rams and has moved the team from St. Louis and is...

 

Be Very, Very Patient, Laker Fans

I had covered the Lakers for several years before Mitch Kupchak came along. Kupchak told the media to call him Mitchell. ”That’s because Mitch Chortkoff was here first,” he said. “Mitch is...

 

Be Very, Very Patient, Laker Fans

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor I had covered the Lakers for several years before Mitch Kupchak came along. Kupchak told the media to call him Mitchell. "That's because Mitch Chortkoff was here...

 

Can Magic Johnson Fix This Mess? It's Going To Be Difficult

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor I’ve been around Magic Johnson through all the years since he came to the Lakers. He’s been fantastic as a basketball player and then a businessman. He fought HIV...

 

Get Ready LA: We're Having A Super Bowl Too

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor If the LA Rams and LA Chargers don’t qualify for the Super Bowl in 2021 the game in the Rams’ new stadium in Inglewood will have a lot in common with the one playe...

 

Magic Johnson To Advise Lakers

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Magic Johnson is returning to the Lakers as an advisor to top executive Jeanie Buss. The announcement was made on Thursday and Johnson's duties will include meeting...

 

My Thoughts on LA Having Two NFL Teams

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor We all have to get used to this. After 20 years without an NFL team we now have two of them. And neither one has a recent history of making the playoffs. Well, if you...

 

A Classic End To The College Football Season

I love college football. Always have. The NFL is great too, but I favor the unpredictable college games with less experienced players often surprising us. A year ago Alabama gave coach Lou Saban his...

 

Can Clippers Recover From Key Injuries?

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor First it was Blake Griffin with knee surgery. Then it was Chris Paul with a hamstring injury. Then J.J. Redic, also with a hamstring problem. “Something good is...

 

Clippers Lose Griffin For 3-6 Weeks

Golden State is the runaway leader in the Western Conference. The coveted No. 2 and 3 seeds seemed to be open when Kevin Durant left Oklahoma City this season and Tim Duncan retired from San Antonio....

 

If Chargers Move Here It Will Be Fine

Last week San Diego City Council offered the Chargers a rental fee of $1 if the team would continue playing in Qualcom Stadium. They asked the Chargers to consider that they have 60 years of...

 

Dodgers Don't Let Luxury Tax Ruin Their Plans

A couple of years ago the new owners of the Dodgers spent $300 million on their roster, the highest amount in the history of baseball. The Dodgers didn’t get into the World Series and they didn’t...

 

USC Goes To Rose Bowl, Washington to Playoffs

Washington is one of four teams to make the NCAA football championship playoffs at season's end. USC will play Penn State in the Rose Bowl Game on Jan. 2. So, it has been a good year for the Pac-12...

 

BOO, BOO, BOO : Laker Fans Welcome Back Dwight Howard

When free agent center Dwight Howard left the Lakers after the 2012-’13 season fans were very angry. Ever since then Howard has been treated harshly at Staples Center from the opening introductions...

 

Clippers Pass The Chicago Test; Lakers Don't

I went to Staples Center Saturday and Sunday nights. That’s no surprise since my job requires keeping up with the Lakers and Clippers. But the weekend had a special significance. The Chicago Bulls...

 

Clippers, Lakers Start Fast In New Season

It’s good to be a fan of an LA team so far in the 2016-’17 National Basketball Association season. The Clippers are 10-1 at this writing, the best record in the NBA. And they’ve been routing...

 

UCLA Is Optimistic About Its Basketball Season

How bad was the UCLA basketball team last season? When the season ended Coach Steve Alford returned the money he had been awarded for an additional year on his contract. Yes, the coach was taking the...

 

CHICAGO CUBS: 2016 WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS

There’s a big difference between having a good team and going all out to have a championship-caliber team. The 2016 World Series champion Chicago Cubs illustrate that point remarkably well. The...

 

CLEVELAND INDIANS: 2016 WORLD SERIES RUNNNERUP

In a great World Series someone has to lose. This year it was the Cleveland Indians but they should be proud of their performance in a classic series that wasn’t decided until the extra inning of...

 

Congratulate The Dodgers For A Surprisingly Successful Season

A lot of Dodger fans are disappointed that their team didn’t make the World Series again this season. I see the season in a much different way. The Dodgers were phenomenal in overcoming an...

 

Brilliant Managing Allowed Dodgers To Win Playoff Series

Walter Alston’s 20 years as the Dodger manager and Tommy Lasorda’s 20 years brought a lot of joy to Los Angeles fans. Now Dave Roberts has done something to bring more joy. Roberts’ brilliant...

 

Gail Goodrich: DeAngelo Russell Should Be Better This Season

Gail Goodrich is the greatest lefthanded guard the Lakers have ever had. He played on two NCAA championship teams at UCLA, then teamed in the backcourt with Jerry West on two Laker NBA championship...

 

Brilliant Managing Allows Dodgers To Win Playoff Series

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Walter Alston's 20 years as the Dodger manager and Tommy Lasorda's 20 years brought a lot of joy to Los Angeles fans. Now Dave Roberts has done something to bring more...

 

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