The #MeToo World Is Watching Luke Walton

I think we can agree that Luke Walton has had a bad April. He was fired from his dream job as Lakers head coach. He was then hired for another job so fast claims of white privilege took away whatever redemption he soothed himself in. Now he is being accused of sexual assault by Kelli…

Sacramento Should Be Playing on Xmas Day

The Xmas Day games highlight glamour markets, elite players, grudges, supposed May or June matchups, huge ratings, players that sell jerseys, shoes, sodas, cars, iconic shotmakers, experienced coaches. In other words, the small market young on the way up players and teams are at home on Xmas. That’s not a bad thing. They get to…

LeBron Billboard Game Is Weak

Following the lead of the 76ers and then the Cavs, a Lakers season ticket holder purchased four billboards with his LeBron James love splashed across it. The delusional hope is that, like water, it seeks its own level, as James is in town over the weekend to play the Clippers (Fri) and Lakers (Sun). Whereas…

Feasting on the Tanking Vibe In the Pacific

Three teams in the Pacific Division, the Kings, Lakers and Suns, have shed off their pretender status or the illusion of trying to win games and all three have embraced losing for winning. They have either traded gifted players (Kings), sat down veterans (Lakers), or embraced a 70 point performance in a losing effort, happily…

D’Angelo Russell Filling the PG Hole

When Magic Johnson was forced to retire in 1991, his replacement was thrust into the limelight for reasons that were out of his control. Sedale Threatt, a back-up guard, rose to the occasion. In 1991-92, Threatt put up very respectable numbers: 15 points, 7 assists, 37 minutes. He was the second best player on the…

Who Is Winning Rebuilding Game, Lakers or Wolves?

The top two teams in the 2015 Draft Lottery- the Timberwolves and Lakers- are franchises in the midst of rebuilding. How far along are they in the process?  Minnesota Timberwolves: They had a rebuilding head start because Flip Saunders traded All-Star Kevin Love for number one pick Andrew Wiggins. In his rookie year, Wiggins turned…

Luke Walton, Next Man Up

New Faces: Brandon Ingram (R), Ivica Zubic (R), Yi Jianlian, Timofey Mozgov, Luol Deng, Jose Calderon 2015-16 Regular Season Record: 17-65 2015-16 Regular Season Achievements: 6th: Free Throws Made. 8th: Free Throw Attempts. Leading Scorer: Kobe Bryant, 17.6 Leading Rebounder: Julius Randle, 10.2 The first year following a two decade Kobe Bryant dominance is naturally going to have…

Kobe the Mentor?

(Our Basketball Panel Answers Five Questions about Kobe Bryant’s Future and Season) Will Kobe retire after this season and more importantly should he retire? Alex Khalifa: My guess is that he will. Kobe may have flirted with the idea of joining the Clippers, but I believe he identifies so strongly with the Lakers organization that…

The 20: Kobe’s Last Year

Kobe Bryant is far more than a basketball player. He is an untouchable brand, a global icon, one of the greatest to ever grace the court. The Black Mamba has vast influence that goes beyond the individual numbers he puts up on the court. However, at the end of this season, he will present a great…

Lamar Odom Found Unconscious, Rushed To Hospital (Update)

(updated to reflect the latest developments) Lamar Odom was found unconscious inside a Las Vegas brothel this afternoon and was transported to a local hospital. He was then taken to a hospital in Las Vegas. This was the statement from the Nye County Sherrif Dept: “At approximately 3:15 p.m. on October 13, 2015 a call…