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Emotional Win For Timberwolves

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    Still 1 of our favorite Kobe-Kevin Garnett-Paul Pierce images of all time. And it looks Garnett was winning this round.
    As Kevin Martin said, it couldn’t have been a sweeter win for Minnesota after the death of the beloved Flip Saunders.
    The Sports Xchange

October 29, 2015   No Comments

End Of A Reign

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    The Clips score 1 of the biggest wins in franchise history and end the Spurs’ supremacy in a Game 7 for the ages.
    The Sports Xchange

May 3, 2015   No Comments

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

Draft Tier

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    Plenty of NBA clubs have needs. Some more than others. The latter sreams you Laker fans.
    We’re on record as saying they’ll grab Marcus Smart, but the Mitch Kupchak in us says Aaron Gordon, if he’s around. Or will Joel Embiid fall into their lap?
    SI.com

June 20, 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

Gone With The Wind

    Is that you Andrew Bynum?
    The second-guessing, finger-pointing and name-calling began the moment Dwight Howard said he prefers the Houston Rockets. Probably had something to do with all the good BBQ joints in Clutch City. Twenty-six years later, we’re still looking for a great spot in L.A.
    The Lakers and their fans have never been rejected like this. So it isn’t surprising how many fans are taking Howard’s goodbye kiss with some of the saltiest terms imaginable. But the ones hollering “we didn’t need that punk anyway” will get a wake-up call when the NBA season begins. Oh they needed Howard’s punk ass. What’s that? Monta Ellis is the backup plan?
    And what’s with the LeBron James fantasies? Seriously, why would LeBron join the Lakers when he becomes a free agent in 2014?
    I keep hearing Laker fans and some writers here say the Lakers will find a way back in a few years with LeBron running the show. But that ain’t happening. Besides, wouldn’t a spot in the Clippers or the Warriors lineup sound much more appealing right now than the Lakers?
    Carmelo’s coming you say? Good luck with that too.
    My money says the Lakers have a better shot at the lottery.
    The dark period, as some like to call it, between the last Shaq-Kobe championship to the Kobe-Pau titles was only 7 years.
    I got news for Laker fans. This dark period is going to last longer.
    For starters, with Tommy Lasorda as my witness, Jim Buss couldn’t hit water if he sat on the toilet. Mike D’Antoni? Seriously, do you really believe Howard would return with D’Antoni as coach as opposed to Phil Jackson? We said it before the regular season ended there was no way Howard was coming back with D’Antoni as coach. Why would he? How much Kobe factored into Howard’s decision will come out later.
    Little Jimmy probably regrets let his ego get the best of him when he made that call to Phil, telling him they were going in a different direction. Buss didn’t realize where. The Clippers hire Doc Rivers; the Lakers stick with D’Antoni. See how wacked this shit is?
    The Lakers took a hit today. No way around it. I get that Howard isn’t always the brightest bulb in the room. Still…
    Can’t wait to hear from Kobe.

July 5, 2013   No Comments

Smoking Some Good Shit At The Clip Joint

The Clippers and C’s are dancing in circles about a trade involving Doc Rivers, Kevin Garnett, DeAndre Jordan and a No. 1 pick but neither club has blinked. Paul Pierce would join Rivers and Garnett in L.A. Then there’s the 1 about Blake Griffin and Eric Bledsoe heading to the Lakers for Dwight Howard. Supposedly, Chris Paul is pushing all of the buttons so wake us when someone actually does a deal. Until then…
N.Y. Times

June 17, 2013   No Comments

‘Think We’re Going To Get In Trouble?’

    Stephen Jackson says Metta World Peace mouthed this classic (forward the video a little past the 4-minute mark) after the brawl in the Palace years ago. “Do you think we’re going to get in trouble?” Reminds us when Metta wanted to work at Wal-Mart to get discounts on CDs.

June 13, 2013   No Comments

Vegas: More Sights & Seen

    The Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Vegas was a hot spot for partying during the Memorial Day weekend. On Friday, the “Kings of The Mic” tour graced The Joint’s stage, where LL Cool J headlined a show featuring De La Soul, Ice Cube and Public Enemy. The festivities continued Saturday with Robbie Rivera’s “Juicy Beach” party at Paradise Beach. Metta World Peace was among the folks attending. Rehab celebrated its 10-year anniversary Sunday with Diddy serving as MC. Later that night, Diddy hosted the “Rehab Official After Party” at Vanity Nightclub. Also in the house: Kevin Hart, Fabolous and Lil Wayne.
    Images courtesy of Scott Harrison/Erik Kabik Photography

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May 27, 2013   No Comments