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JERRY CROWE

Winning 70 in the NBA quite a tall order

Text messages from press row . . .

January 08, 2009|JERRY CROWE

Neither the Cleveland Cavaliers, Boston Celtics nor Kobe Bryant and the Lakers will win 70 games this season. . . .

Here's how hard it is to reach the 70-victory plateau in the NBA: The 1985-86 Celtics of Larry Bird, Kevin McHale, etc., were 40-1 in Boston Garden, yet they didn't win 70 games. . . .

Ten years later, in the Chicago Bulls' record 72-10 season, Michael Jordan & Co. lost only twice at home. . . .

Speaking of Jordan, he's eligible this year for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. . . .

Here's guessing he'll make it. . . .

Losing Manny Ramirez to the San Francisco Giants, their lower-budgeted division rivals, would be more embarrassing to Frank McCourt and the Dodgers than losing him to the Angels. . . .

AC/DC's seething "Hell's Bells," Trevor Hoffman's introductory anthem, would rock the ravine at Dodger Stadium in the same way that Guns N' Roses' "Welcome to the Jungle" once did in announcing Eric Gagne -- at high volume. . . .

It would have been nicer if the Angels had delivered Mark Teixeira to Manager Mike Scioscia along with that new contract. . . .

USC fans might remember San Diego Chargers jitterbug Darren Sproles, who was Kansas State's leading rusher in a 2002 victory over Carson Palmer and the Trojans at Manhattan, Kan. . . .

Memo to Mark Sanchez: Another prominent local quarterback who stayed in school was Troy Aikman, who was projected to be the No. 1 pick in the 1988 NFL draft, remained at UCLA for his senior year and was the No. 1 pick in the 1989 draft. . . .

Kurt Warner and the surprising Arizona Cardinals, set to play the Carolina Panthers on Saturday night at Charlotte, N.C., were 0-5 in the Eastern time zone during the regular season. . . .

The Chargers were 1-3 -- and also lost in London. . . .

Why is more attention paid to who wins the Heisman Trophy than to who is the NFL's most valuable player? . . .

When Peyton Manning of the Indianapolis Colts won the award for the third time last week, the announcement was made with little fanfare and no nationally televised ceremony. . . .

By the way, the last Heisman winner to win pro football's top prize was Barry Sanders, who was awarded the Heisman in 1988 and shared the NFL award with Brett Favre in 1997. . . .

Manning, coach of the year Mike Smith of the Atlanta Falcons, rookie of the year Matt Ryan of the Falcons and comeback player of the year Chad Pennington of the Miami Dolphins, all were knocked out of the playoffs on wild-card weekend. . . .

Defensive player of the year James Harrison of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who goes against the Chargers on Sunday, recorded five sacks in his final college game at Kent State against future teammate Ben Roethlisberger of Miami (Ohio). . . .

Maybe Florida's Tim Tebow won't be a great pro quarterback but surely there's a place for him in the NFL. . . .

In Utah, BCS stands for Been Cheated, Sir. . . .

Instead of imploring Donald Sterling to fire Coach Mike Dunleavy, as they did on New Year's Eve, why don't Clippers fans urge him to sell the team and eliminate the one common denominator linking nearly three decades of losing basketball? . . .

Cypress College on Wednesday renamed its basketball court in honor of former coach Don Johnson, who was an All-American under John Wooden at UCLA and later tutored future UCLA and NBA players Mark Eaton and Swen Nater. . . .

A different Don Johnson starred on "Miami Vice." . . .

Doesn't Rey Maualuga realize that everybody has cameras these days, many are pointed at ESPN's Erin Andrews and any ill-advised "dance" might wind up on YouTube? . . . He does now. . . .

Charles Barkley seems to be going out of his way to show that, as he once famously noted, he is not a role model. . . .

Newlywed Candace Parker seems able to do it all, so who's to say she won't be able to play for the Sparks this summer after giving birth to her first child this spring? . . .

Next year's BCS title game will be played Jan. 7 in the Rose Bowl, six days after the 96th Rose Bowl game. . . .

Spotted at a recent Lakers game at Staples Center: a fan wearing a Wilt Chamberlain No. 20,000 T-shirt.

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jerome.crowe@latimes.com

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