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West Coast Fantasy

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    How come Deron Williams gets to hug the 1st Lady and all LeBron gets is a handshake from the President?
    LeBron James to the Clippers? Why not? Chris Paul. Blake Griffin. DeAndre Jordan. Doc Rivers. Hey, the King could piss off Kobe by pissing in his castle (the 1 that Shaq built) at Staples like the Clippers did all season in their beatdowns of the Lakers.
    Remember, the Clippers were 1 of the finalists for LeBron when he made “The Decision” and hitched up with the Heat. With a broken down D-Wade, maybe he’s looking to get hitched on the West Coast.

June 19, 2014   No Comments

Another Heat Wave

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    The Heat are early favorites to win the 2015 NBA title. If Rihanna says it’s so, it must be true.
    VegasInsider

June 17, 2014   No Comments

Cash Cows

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    Guess who tops Forbes’ list of the top-paid athletes?
    Forbes.com

June 11, 2014   No Comments

Hand Down, Man Down

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    Jackson lived in L.A. and rented an apartment in Oakland, which apparently was just 1 of the issues that didn’t sit well with Warriors’ management.
    We’ll hear the real story later. But the Mark Jackson firing is filled with intrigue. The Warriors are really hoping they didn’t screw this up since its pretty clear Jackson didn’t get along with his superiors. His players loved him, particularly the Warriors’ franchise player (Steph Curry). And so did us scumbags in the media. He’s good copy and good TV. Straight shooter.
    Imagine if the Lakers scooped up Jackson and made that splash (all pun intended) that they keep promising to make?
    SFGate.com

May 6, 2014   No Comments

Sign Of The Times

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May 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.

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    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

NBA Playoffs: Shot Of Crown With Dat

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We keep going back and forth on our pick to win the NBA title. Guess that means we’re as shaky as a $3 bill. Still, unlike last year, when we were within a Gregg Popovich brain cramp from cashing our little meager ticket in Vegas, we believe we’ve got a winner this time.
Three teams could win it all in our book, but none of them are named Thunder, Clippers, Rockets or Lakers. Oops, sorry Laker fans. What were we thinking?
Anyway, without further adieu.
Eastern Conference
Pacers over Hawks in 6; Bulls over Wizards in 7; Nets over Raptors in 7; and Heat over Bobcats in 5.
Pacers over Bulls in 6 and Heat over Nets in 6.
Heat over Pacers in 7.
Western Conference
Thunder over Grizzlies in 7; Clippers over Warriors in 6; Rockets over Blazers in 6; and Spurs over Mavs in 5.
Clippers over Thunder in 7 and Spurs over Rockets in 6.
Spurs over Clippers in 6.
NBA Finals
Spurs over Heat in 6.

April 18, 2014   No Comments

Wouldn’t This Be A Compelling Series?

Oklahoma City Thunder at Los Angeles Clippers

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Thunder 107, Clippers 101 Wednesday night at Staples Center.
Westbrook. First name Russell. 30, 11 & 6. And did we mention these guys don’t like each other? Didn’t think so.

April 10, 2014   No Comments

L.A. Story

NCAA Final Four championship game

    Is that you Kevin Ollie?
    We don’t know Eric Pincus well but he seems like a pretty good dude. We always read his stuff. With all the John Calipari talk of him coming to the Lakers, or done deal as Rex Chapman says, Eric makes a good call before UConn won it all.
    L.A. Times

April 8, 2014   No Comments

Lonnie White: 1964-2014

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We met 25 years ago. Didn’t get together as much as we should have, but when we did, we laughed something fierce.
Heartbroken. Lonnie was only 49. The cause of death is unknown at this point but, unfortunately, he had health problems for years. Some days suck more than others, but this 1 delivered 1 stiff punch to the gut.
RIP
L.A. Times

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March 31, 2014   No Comments