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 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...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    June 16, 2016

The Dodgers' Playoff Chances Are Diminishing

When the baseball season began I observed that the Dodgers would have trouble in 2016. They had been outbid for the elite pitchers who had become free agents. They spent a lot of money on foreign...

 
 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

Fred Altieri Will Cover The Rams For Observer

Before I write anything else about this I want to assure you readers that Fred Altieri will continue to provide his exceptional coverage of Culver City High sports for The Observer. Having said that...

 
 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....

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    April 28, 2016

Exhausted Clippers Get Down To Their Final Hope

When the Clippers lost to the Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday night in Staples Center they became one defeat away from having their once-promising season come to an end. Trailing three games to two...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    April 28, 2016

The Latest Laker Fiasco: Byron Scott Is Fired

Gregg Popovich has coached the San Antonio Spurs for 18 years and the Spurs have made the playoffs every year. RC Buford is the general manager. Buford and Popovich work extremely well together. They...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    April 28, 2016

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,...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    April 4, 2016

Griffin Is Back But How Effective Will He Be?

I went to Staples Center Sunday to see a basketball game. Instead, I saw a workout. Blake Griffin was returning to the Clippers after missing 45 games due to a broken hand, a torn quadriceps and a...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    March 31, 2016

It Looks Like UCLA Won't Fire It's Basketball Coach

Many UCLA basketball fans are so eager to see Coach Steve Alford fired that they signed a petition requesting that. It’s pretty shocking how UCLA recently finished its season, finishing 10th in the...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    March 24, 2016

Dodgers Have New Payment Strategy: Will It Work?

Last season the Dodgers had the highest player payroll in baseball history-- $291 million. They didn’t reach the World Series and now there is evidence that the Dodgers have adopted a new strategy....

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    March 17, 2016

I Applaud Byron Scott for Benching Russell

Laker broadcaster John Ireland is a friend of mine. He now does the work I used to do – travel all season with the Lakers and form strong opinions about their play. He broadcasts and I write, but...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    March 10, 2016

108 Years Later Cubs Favored To Win World Series

In a shocking development, Dexter Fowler showed up at the Chicago Cubs training base last week ready to play. It was shocking because Fowler, an outfielder who was with the Cubs last season, turned...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    March 3, 2016

If Manning Plays It Could Be Here

How about Payton Manning playing quarterback for the Los Angeles Rams next season? What? Isn’t the 39-year-old Manning going to retire? Maybe. Maybe not. If you read this column regularly you...

 

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