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If Clippers Lose Will There Be A Big Shakeup?

As this paper goes to press the Clippers have lost Game 5 and have to win Games 6 and 7 to avoid elimination from the NBA playoffs. The Utah Jazz, who didn’t make the playoffs in recent years, have...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    April 20, 2017 

Clippers Go To Utah With Key Strategy

The Clippers lost their first playoff game on their home court but they developed a new strategy for the rest of their first round series. Attack the basket. Attack, then attack some more. And some...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    April 20, 2017 

Will There Be A Woman Coaching An NBA Team Soon?

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver says he will work hard to assure that a woman will become head coach of an NBA team while he is in office. “The physical difference between men and women makes no...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    April 20, 2017 

Dodger Fans Make Scully's Replacement Welcome

Dodger fans who attended the season opener last week should be proud of themselves. When new announcer Joe Davis was introduced prior to the game against the San Diego Padres he received a warm...

 

I'm Proud Of Gonzaga Even In Defeat They Lose But They're Still Best In The West

I’ve appreciated Gonzaga basketball for a long time without finding time to write about this impressive basketball team. Today the time has come even though Gonzaga has just lost the NCAA...

 

Will Paul George Be The Next Laker Star? Maybe

Paul George has a year remaining on his contract with the Indiana Pacers. Then he becomes a free agent. With the end in sight, Pacers President Larry Bird had trade talks with at least five teams...

 

OH, NO, Clippers Get Ambushed By Sacramento

Outscored 22-3 At The finish They Search For Answers After the Clippers lost an 18-point lead in the final five minutes at Staples Center Sunday Coach Doc Rivers was asked the obvious question....

 

LeBron Doesn't Play – LA Fans Want Money Back

The Clippers won by 30 points Saturday but a lot of fans in the sellout crowd at Staples Center were far from happy. “Refund, refund, refund,” they chanted because the Cleveland Cavaliers had...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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