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He Still Has Only 5 Rings

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    Kobe Bryant passes Michael Jordan for 3rd on the all-time scoring list but you know Air reminds him he still has more rings.
    Lakers Nation

December 15, 2014   No Comments

A Movement

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    NBA: Cleveland Cavaliers at Brooklyn Nets

And it’s growing.
USA Today

December 9, 2014   No Comments

1 Of A Kind

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    Nobody in the NBA but Kobe Bryant has scored more than 30,000 points and dished out 6,000 assists.
    The Sports Xchange

December 1, 2014   No Comments

Silver Bullet Cans Donald Sterling

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    You can’t change a person’s heart, but you can take away his power.
    NBA Commissioner Adam Silver was right to put the hammer down on Clippers Owner Donald Sterling.
    The lifetime ban, heavy fine and attempt to ultimately force him to lose his team were not only well within Silver’s powers, but also in the best interest of the league.
    Let’s face it though, this was an easy call for Silver.
    Sterling teed him up for the big hit by spewing his racial venom.
    The only way Silver didn’t gain total support was to do not enough.
    However, Silver set the right tone with his voice, stating not only his professional but personal outrage toward Sterling.
    Of all our professional sports leagues, race plays out largest in the NBA. It is a league that for the most part was built on the dollars of rich, older white males and the sweat of young black men.
    That alone leads to trust issues.

      Donald Sterling, V. Stiviano

    But that was the old NBA, 1 that had more Sterlings leading teams then we would ever like to admit.
    Granted, not all of them are gone, but the younger owners and wiser players have filled voids left by some of the old guard who have seen their time pass.
    That’s why it was important that Silver not only hand down punishment but also send a loud message clear to all — that the NBA is not going back in time but rather continuing to move forward.
    This is not a black and white issue. This is a right and wrong issue.
    Sterling was wrong. Silver got it right.
    Then again Silver had to do this.
    He had to send a message to the players that he was on their side. He had to send a message to the sponsors that he is going to hear their cries.
    Sterling will get his money when the team is finally sold. The rich always get richer. But it is important to note that the rest of the league is a winner.
    The ironic thing in all this is that more than any team in Los Angeles, the Clippers reflected the face of the city.
    Having covered sports in L.A. for 2 decades, I can tell you no team had a more diverse crowd than the Clippers.
    The very people Sterling violated with his vomit are the ones that made him rich.
    Now comes the tough questions: Are we going to hold all parties up to such standards?
    Kobe Bryant was only fined for his anti-gay slur last year during a game. Could he now be banned for a lifetime since the precedent has been set?
    If the NBA is going to become the moral sports leader he must next time.
    But that is a different story for a different time.
    Now we know that Adam Silver understands what is right and what is wrong. He understood that allowing Sterling to stay would set the league back at least 35-40 years.
    We all know times have changed, the world has changed and the games we play have changed.
    It is good to see that Silver understands that and is willing to make sure his league is really ready to change.
    No, you can’t change the hatred one spews from his mouth, but you sure can take away his microphone.
    Sterling’s silence will be golden.

April 29, 2014   No Comments

Word Of Mouth

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    Two writers offer different opinions regarding the use of the most discussed word in the English language.
    The Shadow League

February 25, 2014   No Comments

Another House Call

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Excerpts from the upcoming autobiography. Good tease.
Grantland.com

November 6, 2013   No Comments

Bill Sharman: 1926-2013

    The legendary former player, coach and awesome basketball mind passed Friday. He suffered a stroke last week. Sharman, who guided the 71 Lakers of Hall of Famers Wilt, Jerry West and Gail Goodrich to an NBA record 33 consecutive wins and an NBA title, was 87.
    L.A. Times

October 25, 2013   No Comments

Living The Dream

    Fifty years ago, George Raveling worked security in D.C. where Martin Luther King delivered his historic “I Have A Dream” speech. Raveling, who stood nearby, asked King for a copy of the speech. He gave Raveling his copy.
    It’s a story that’s been told before, but 1 that never gets old. Raveling, the 1st black coach in the Pac-12 (then the Pac-8), who coached at USC, Iowa and Washington State, speaks with the wonderful writer/columnist Tom Hoffarth about that day and how it impacts his life.
    Daily News

August 27, 2013   No Comments

Buss A Nut

    Doesn’t this photo say think twice before you sign this guy? Didn’t think so.
    Proof the world (or Jimmy Buss) has gone mad: The Lakers are considering waiving bye-bye to World Peace but signing Chris Kaman. Can’t make this shit up. Who would have guessed? Did someone mention Lamar Odom is on the horizon?

July 9, 2013   No Comments

So Much For That GOAT Bullshit

    Of course we would have picked Wilt, but that’s not the point here.
    Phil Jackson has said plenty of things lately. He’s promoting a book. Still, we’ve always been fond of Phil’s commentary (and what he’s reading since his list of recommended books is always awesome). We can only imagine why the Lakers’ Jim Buss, a former horse trainer, and his henchmen aren’t.
    But as much as he’s promoting his new book, Phil made some interesting observations over the past week. The latest 1 being that if he had to start a team he would take Bill Russell instead of Michael Jordan. Imagine that.
    SI.com

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May 23, 2013   No Comments