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 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    December 1, 2016 

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...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    November 24, 2016

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...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    November 17, 2016

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...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    November 3, 2016

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...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    November 3, 2016

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...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    October 20, 2016

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...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    October 13, 2016

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...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    October 6, 2016

Cubs Seek First World Series Win In 108 Years

Recently some readers have asked me who’s going to win the World Series. I’ve given the matter some thought and come up with a reply. The World Series will be won by either the Cubs or someone...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    September 29, 2016

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...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    September 22, 2016

The Vin Scully I Got to Know

If you’ve read this column over the years you probably know I traveled with the Lakers for a long time and got to know Chick Hearn very well. We frequently sat together on plane rides and I had the...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    September 15, 2016

USC, UCLA Await A Major Test -- Stanford

The USC and UCLA football teams are preparing for something very important. USC will play Stanford Saturday. UCLA will play Stanford the following Saturday. Last year Stanford beat USC, then beat USC...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    August 25, 2016

Improved Clippers Prepare For Breakout Season

Two seasons ago the Clippers had a 3-1 series lead over the Houston Rockets but faltered and lost their chance to advance to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in their history. Last...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    August 25, 2016

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...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    August 18, 2016

Lakers To Play Clippers On Christmas Day

If you’re a basketball fan in Southern California it’s time to consider your plans for Christmas. The Lakers and Clippers will be playing each other that day in Staples Center. It will be a...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    August 11, 2016

Clippers May Leave Staples Center, Not LA

The Clippers' lease with Staples Center runs until 2024. So they aren't going anywhere else until then. But there are rumors that the Clippers will leave. And runaway rumors must be addressed. Here...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    August 11, 2016

The Speculation Was True: Dodgers Dump Puig

Speculation about Yasiel Puig's future with the Dodgers was strong enough for me to write about it last week. It turned out to be accurate. When the Dodgers flew to Colorado Monday to begin a series...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    August 4, 2016

Melvin Durslag Dies At 95

Melvin Durslag, who ranked with Jim Murray and Bud Furillo as Los Angeles ’ premier sports columnists of his time, died last weekend. The 95-year-old Durslag died in a convalesent home in Santa...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    July 14, 2016

Clippers Retain Four Key Reserves But Lose Two

The Clippers have retained four prominent reserves who had become free agents but will be without two who signed elsewhere. Jamal Crawford, Austin Rivers, Wesley Johnson and Luke Mbah a Moute are...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    July 14, 2016

Bud Furillo, The Steamer; A Great Read for Sports Fans

If you're relatively new to Southern California you probably won't get much out of this column. But if you're an old timer you might want to be reminded of the accomplishments of Bud Furillo, who...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    July 7, 2016

Once Again Elite Free Agents Tell Lakers No

In discussing NBA free agent possibilities with colleagues who cover teams in other cities I find a consensus. My colleagues agree with me that the Lakers are kidding themselves by believing they...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    July 7, 2016

Durant Joins Warriors Hoping For A Championship

Kevin Durant played for the Seattle Sonics for a year and eight for the Oklahoma City Thunder for the last eight without winning a championship. He liked Oklahoma, he gave a million dollars to the...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    June 30, 2016

Lakers Draftee Ingram Is Very Talented, Very Slim, Very Young

Last week the Lakers selected Duke freshman Brandon Ingram with the No. 2 pick in the NBA draft. They're happy because the 6-foot-9 forward is a highly regarded prospect who is likely to have an...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    June 30, 2016

Doc Rivers Is Happy With The Clippers' Draft

The Clippers draft didn't high enough to obtain the highest ranked players in last week's NBA draft but Coach Doc Rivers said he's happy with the outcome. "Drafttng 25th. Brice Johnson was the player...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    June 23, 2016

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 23, 2016

The Warriors Are Going After Durant

Several months ago I interviewed Jerry West and featured my story about his contributions to the Golden State Warriors in his consultant role. Proud of the Warriors ’ success, he concluded the...

 

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