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Category Archives: Los Angeles Lakers

LeBron Speaks Up

I really hesitate to step forward. I’m not the meddler many say. I simply lobby for what’s best for my team. I complimented Luke Walton for good coaching late this season. I tried to protect him. Ignore those who say I’d already ordered my lieutenants to undercut him. Magic Johnson wanted him out anyway. Luke […]

Also posted in Brandon Ingram, Cleveland, Jeanie Buss, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Lebron James, Lonzo Ball, Luke Walton

Jerry West Assesses the Kings

I advise the Clippers and generally don’t share my insights publicly but suppose it’s all right to tell you I like the Kings, especially De’Aaron Fox, who speeds past more defenders than anyone in the league. He’s also been hitting his jumpers and threes. Right, I know his outside shooting’s cooled off recently. Last five […]

Also posted in Dave Joerger, De'Aaron Fox, Depression, Jerry West, Los Angeles Clippers, Marvin Bagley, Phil Jackson, Sacramento Kings

Jerry West Watches the Lakers

At the Lakers third game this season, against the Spurs, I turned in my courtside seat, pulled out my mini-binoculars and spotted Jerry West standing in a luxury box. I hustled upstairs, twice used a counterfeit pass to trick security guards, and reached the hallowed door on which I knocked. A starlet opened up, and […]

Also posted in Basketball, DeMar DeRozan, Gregg Popovich, Jerry West, Josh Hart, LaMarcus Aldridge, Lebron James, Los Angeles Clippers, San Antonio, Wilt Chamberlain

LeBron James Assesses the Lakers

(Correspondent LeBron James files the first Lakers dispatch of the 2018-2019 season.) Talk to analytical scientists all you want. I’ll instead offer meat and potatoes to clarify why I’m concerned about my Lakers after the first two games this season. We hit a higher field goal percentage and modestly more baskets than either the Portland […]

Also posted in Basketball, Brandon Ingram, Karl-Anthony Towns, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Kyle Kuzma, Lebron James, Lonzo Ball

LeBron’s European Vacation

Despite trying to relax in and around a coastal castle magically backed by snowy Alpine peaks, LeBron James is tense during his European vacation. Every time he surfs he falls right off and is swallowed by massive waves. Efforts to hang glide invariably snap the cord connected to the speedboat and LeBron’s again deposited in […]

Also posted in Anthony Davis, Basketball, Basketball and Football, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Klay Thompson, Lebron James, Magic Johnson

Summertime Love for Sacramento Kings

I like living in Lubbock year round and rooting for my alma mater Texas Tech Red Raiders in football and basketball but recently surrendered to my fifth wife, Melanie, who’s from Sacramento and during the seven months I’ve known her has been pestering me to buy a second home here so we can watch her […]

Also posted in Basketball, Basketball and Football, De'Aaron Fox, George Thomas Clark, Lebron James, Sacramento, Sacramento Kings

LeBron Updates Free Agency

Please ignore reports I screamed like an unanesthetized dental patient upon learning that stellar forward Paul George, presumed to be bound for the glorious Los Angeles Lakers, instead signed to stay a few years on the arid plain of Oklahoma City. I confess I did shout in pain but the source was physical rather than […]

Also posted in Basketball, Basketball and Football, Brandon Ingram, Cleveland, Julius Randle, Kawhi Leonard, Kevin Durant, Kyle Kuzma, Lebron James, Lonzo Ball, Paul George, Philadelphia

Point Guard Mania

This story is part of the collection “Basketball and Football” Damn it, Kyrie Irving, I’d planned to focus my comments on rookie point guards but now you and your advisors have upset everyone by announcing you want to leave Cleveland so you can be king of a franchise. Please note you began your career as […]

Also posted in Basketball, Cleveland, De'Aaron Fox, Dennis Smith, Kyrie Irving, Lebron James, Lonzo Ball, Markelle Fultz, Sacramento Kings

Kobe Decides

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Bakersfield, D'Angelo Russell, Jerry West, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles, Michael Jordan, Shaquille O'Neal

Lamar Odom to the Hoop

This story appears in the collection “In Other Hands”

Also posted in Alcohol, Basketball, Cocaine, Depression, Lamar Odom, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Clippers, Marijuana, Mental Health, Nicotine, Prostitution

Coaching Kobe Bryant

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Basketball, Byron Scott, D'Angelo Russell, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Kobe Bryant

The Las Vegas Lakers

Have to admit, I don’t sit courtside when I go to Lakers games in Staples Center. I suppose I could once a year, if I find two tickets, but it would lighten me a month’s salary, so I sit up about twenty rows and that isn’t cheap either but is doable a few times a […]

Also posted in Basketball, D'Angelo Russell, Jack Nicholson, James Worthy, Jordan Clarkson, Julius Randle, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles, Movies

Clueless Kobe Bryant

Clueless Kobe Bryant yesterday cursed teammates for being inadequate and responsible for the Lakers losing most of their games. Kobe’s got it wrong. He’s the problem, and his compulsive gunning and low shooting percentage are why the Lakers are struggling. While Kobe hits an appalling 39 percent from the floor, most of his teammates are […]

Also posted in Basketball, Kobe Bryant

Einstein Calculates Kobe

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Albert Einstein, Basketball, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles, Nuclear Weapons, Physics, World War II

Courtside in Las Vegas

He’s the master of smooth jump shooting. He’s a shrewd passer and disruptive long-armed defender. He’s the player who hits shots when it matters. He’s Mr. Clutch, Jerry West, man in the NBA logo. He’s also the legend whose 1960s Los Angeles Lakers lose several times in the finals to the Boston Celtics of supernatural […]

Also posted in Basketball, Bazooka Limon, Boston Celtics, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Kobe Bryant, Las Vegas, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Pat Riley, Shaquille O'Neal

Clippers Carve Kings during Thanksgiving Feast

On Thanksgiving night I made my first visit to Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles since New Year’s Day when the defending-champion Lakers hosted an aroused and hot-shooting group of young Sacramento Kings who would’ve prevailed if Kobe Bryant, with customary flair, hadn’t swished a three-point jumper a millisecond before the final horn. The capacity […]

Also posted in Basketball, Blake Griffin, Demarcus Cousins, Eric Gordon, Gavin Maloof, Joe Maloof, Las Vegas, Lebron James, Los Angeles, Los Angeles Clippers, Michael Jordan, Oscar Robertson, Sacramento, Sacramento Kings, Tyreke Evans

Memo to David Stern

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Basketball, David Stern, Demarcus Cousins, John Wall, Las Vegas, Nevada, Sacramento Kings, Travel, Tyreke Evans

Memo to Phil Jackson

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Andrew Bynum, Basketball, Los Angeles, Phil Jackson

Basketball in Downtown Los Angeles

Trust yourself. You’ve been to the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles many times, so you know you’re walking the right way, south on Figueroa Street a couple of blocks to the arena. Okay, then. Where is it? It’s got to be there. They haven’t moved a building holding almost twenty thousand people, have they? […]

Also posted in Basketball, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles, Phil Jackson, Tyreke Evans

Basketball and More in Las Vegas

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Art Galleries, Basketball, Blake Griffin, Brock Lesnar, Eric Gordon, Fedor Emilianenko, Gambling, George Thomas Clark, Las Vegas, Liberace, Los Angeles Clippers, Mixed Martial Arts, Music, Nevada, Russell Westbrook, Sacramento Kings, Travel, Tyreke Evans, Wayne Newton

Convincing Phil about Bynum

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Andrew Bynum, Basketball, Marijuana, Phil Jackson

Wilt Would’ve Been Seventy

This story is in the collection “Basketball and Football”

Also posted in Basketball, Bill Russell, Sacramento, Wilt Chamberlain

Pistons Pound Lakers into New Era

Don’t dare claim you knew the Detroit Pistons were going to kick the stuffing out of the Los Angeles Lakers, not unless you’ve got it in writing and notarized by at least three solemn souls.  You couldn’t have known a seven to one underdog was going to pound Hollywood’s favorite team, and pride of NBA […]

Also posted in Basketball, Jerry Buss, Kobe Bryant, Phil Jackson, Shaquille O'Neal