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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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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...

 

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