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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 Could Only Happen in Kansas

Would you believe? Would anyone believe? Awhile back a Georgia lawmaker, Gerald Greene (R-Cuthbert), was shot in the leg behind an adult entertainment store. Furthermore, Greene had several thousand...

 

Rams Moving to LA Named Top Local Sports Moment of 2016

The Rams receiving approval to return to Los Angeles was named 2016’s top sports moment at the 12th Annual LA Sports Awards night at the Beverly Hilton. The LA Sports Awards are produced annually by the Los Angeles Sports Council to celebrate the...

 

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...

 

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...

 

Laker Players Praise New Coach Luke Walton

The Lakers held the annual media day on Monday and opened training camp in Santa Barbara Tuesday eager to please their new coach. Luke Walton has already pleased them. In the off season since Walton r...

 

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...

 

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 Steve Finley    Sports    July 14, 2016

Two Superstars Are Better Than One For The Sparks

If you follow the history of basketball a few things are perfectly clear. If your team expects to win a championship you need at least two superstars to complete the journey to the top. The Lakers...

 

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 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 5, 2016

Luke Walton Has Good News And Bad News

Luke Walton called Steve Kerr last Friday afternoon. “I have good news and bad news,” the Golden State Warriors’ assistant coach told the head coach. “Start with the good news,” Kerr said....

 

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,...

 

Kobe Bryant By The Numbers

• 48,527: Minutes played through April 7, 2016, the sixth most in NBA history • 33,521: Career points, third on the NBA’s all-time scoring list behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387) and Karl Malone (36,928) • 5,640: Points scored in the NBA...

 

Special Olympics World Games Named Top Local Sports Moment of 2015

The remarkably successful Special Olympics World Games, held in Los Angeles last summer, was named the top sports moment of 2015 at the 11th Annual LA Sports Awards, held last weekend at The Beverly Hilton Hotel. The LA Sports Awards are produced...

 

A Bronze Statue Of Shaquille Is Coming To Staples Center

Laker great thanks assistant coach Bill Bertka By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Sometime next season the Lakers will add a statue of Shaquille O’Neal at Staples Center to those of their other former great players. The group includes Kareem...

 

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...

 

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...

 

Former Laker Luke Walton Coaches Warriors To NBA Record

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor Kobe Bryant and Luke Walton were teammates on the Lakers for nine years. Bryant says he's not surprised that Walton has done so well this season filling in for Steve...

 

LA Sports Fans: Can It Be This Bad?

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor This is Los Angeles. The Lakers have won 16 NBA championships. The Dodgers haven’t won a World Series since 1988 but they’ve won their division the last three...

 

LAKERS PREVIEW: Playoffs are Unlikely Again

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor The Lakers’ annual goal used to be winning the NBA championship. They succeed 16 times to become one of the elite franchises in league history. That was then and thi...

 

How Long Will Laker Fans Accept This Rebuilding Plan?

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor At the start of another Laker season General Manager Mitch Kupchak told the media last week this would be a season of laying a foundation. “Every season the Lakers...

 

Kobe: Retire Or Play Abroad A Year From Now?

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor In a few months Kobe Bryant will begin the 20th season of his remarkable Laker career. Next season he won’t have a contract. So what does he do? There are four ways...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    July 9, 2015

Lakers; Good or Bad? You Decide

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor A sports columnist usually takes a stand on issues. The hope is the column will be read and whether or not the readers agree with the point they’ll have something...

 

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