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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 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...

 
 Sports    March 26, 2015

Clippers To Play Exhibition Games In China

The National Basketball Association announces that NBA Global Games China 2015 will feature two preseason games between the Charlotte Hornets and the Los Angeles Clippers in October. The Clippers and...

 
 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 Bosmat Eynav    Sports    March 19, 2015

Winning Championships Is in His Blood

By Bosmat Eynav Sports Columnist David Blatt was born on May 22, 1959. He grew up in the town of Framingham, Boston, Completed a degree in English literature at Princeton University. During his...

 
 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...

 
 Sports    March 5, 2015

NBA Mourns Loss Of Earl Lloyd

Commissioner Adam Silver released the following statement regarding the passing of NBA pioneer Earl Lloyd last weekend at the age of 86. “The NBA family has lost one of its patriarchs. Earl Lloyd, the first African-American to play in an NBA game,...

 
 Sports    February 26, 2015

Lakers to Hold 16th Annual Youth Basketball Camp

The Lakers will hold "Camp Lakers 2015," presented by Denny's, a youth basketball day camp for boys and girls ages 9-18, this summer in two sessions. Hosted at Next Level Sports Complex in Garden Grov...

 
 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    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 Steven Lieberman    Sports    January 22, 2015

Cavaliers Add To Clippers' Frustration

By Steven Lieberman Observer Reporter The Clippers failed another mid-term exam on Friday. This time, the “professor” was league superstar LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers who ended up...

 
 Sports    January 15, 2015

Doc Rivers Named LA's Coach of the Year

Clippers Coach Doc Rivers, who guided the team to a franchise-record 57 regular-season wins last season and magnificently kept the team afloat during a turbulent ownership scandal, has been selected...

 
 Sports    January 8, 2015

Daughter Of Lakers' GM Dies

Alina Kupchak, 15-year-old daughter of Lakers’ General Manager Mitch Kupchak and his wife, Claire, has died following a lengthy illness. The Kupchaks expressed their appreciation of well wishers but asked for privacy at this difficult time. The...

 
 By Steven Lieberman    Sports    January 8, 2015

Clippers Explain Faults After Losing

By Steven Lieberman Observer Reporter The Clippers (23-12) failed their mid-term test on Monday by losing to the Atlanta Hawks (26-8), best record in the Eastern Conference, 107-98. The Hawks went...

 
 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 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...

 
 Sports    November 20, 2014

Lakers' Kelly Suffers Torn Hamstring

The Lakers’ injury problems continued when reserve forward Ryan Kelly suffered a torn right hamstring in a loss to the Golden State Warriors last week. Kelly is expected to miss at least six weeks....

 
 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...

 

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