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March 25, 2010|Jerry Crowe

Interesting timing, the Lakers playing the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday after Rolling Stone's Matt Taibbi recently posited that Kevin Durant had passed Kobe Bryant as the NBA's second-best player behind LeBron James.…

Apparently no fan of the Lakers star, Taibbi also called Bryant a "demented three-faced narcissist." …

Three-faced narcissists must have trouble with mirrors.…

Just when everybody seemed ready to bury him, Ron Artest was at his struttin', stealin', swaggerin' best Wednesday.…

Chris Kaman and the Clippers, who hadn't won on the road in nearly two months before Thursday, hadn't won in Texas in three years....

The curious choice of Vicente Padilla as opening-day starter makes it clear that the Dodgers lack an ace.…

"All those years playing for the Steinbrenners," reader Bennett Tramer of Santa Monica e-mails to ask, "and Hideki Matsui breaks Arte Moreno's windshield?" …

Bobby Abreu, second among the Angels with 103 runs batted in last season, is one of only two major leaguers to have driven in at least 100 runs in each of the last seven seasons.…

The other is Albert Pujols.…

Chipper Jones, preparing for his 17th season, has spent his entire major league career playing for Bobby Cox.…

Only four managers other than Cox have spent at least 20 consecutive seasons managing the same team: Connie Mack, John McGraw, Walter Alston and Tom Lasorda.…

Mike Scioscia is only halfway there.…

In a Sports Illustrated profile of Drew Doughty, Detroit Red Wings assistant Brad McCrimmon says of the 20-year-old Kings star, "Of the defensemen I played with, the only two who looked like they'd been around forever at that age were Ray Bourque in Boston and Nick Lidstrom in Detroit. Doughty's the third." …

The first two, combined, won the Norris Trophy 11 times.…

Buyer beware: Comedian Stephen Colbert was only joking when he called "The History of White People," by Nell Irvin Painter, "yet another book about the NHL." …

There's no good reason for the NFL not to adopt its new playoffs-only overtime rule for regular-season games.…

Big-hitting former USC safety Taylor Mays, whose playmaking ability has been questioned by pro scouts, tells Sporting News Today, "I'm going to have to be more aware of when the ball is in the air. In the NFL, a turnover is a big deal." …

Earth to Taylor: A turnover is a big deal in college ball too.…

UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero is a nephew of the late Lalo Guerrero, who was known as "the father of Chicano music" and whose song, "Cancion Mexicana," is considered an "unofficial Mexican national anthem," according to allmusic.com.…

Only Affirmed in 1978 parlayed a championship season as a 2-year-old into a victory in the Santa Anita Derby, but Lookin At Lucky could match the Triple Crown winner's feat if, as hinted, Bob Baffert enters him in next week's 73rd running.…

While no team has played a Super Bowl on its home field, reader Brian Greene of Monrovia e-mails to remind that Vince Ferragamo and the Los Angeles Rams played the Pittsburgh Steelers at the Rose Bowl in 1980 and the San Francisco 49ers played the Miami Dolphins at Stanford Stadium in 1985.…

The Rams lost; the 49ers won. …                     

Speaking of Ferragamo, he and other former Rams greats, including Pro Football Hall of Famers Deacon Jones and Tom Mack, are among the celebrities expected to appear at a fundraiser benefitting the Freedom4U teen annex April 22 at Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes.…

Information: freedomcommunity.com.…

Phil Anschutz, with a net worth of $6 billion, ranks 123rd on Forbes' 2010 list of the world's billionaires, which is about where Kings fans probably would rank him among NHL owners.…

Kiki Vandeweghe, after his historically bad New Jersey Nets ended a 14-game home losing streak Wednesday only hours after the death of his mother, former Miss America Colleen Kay Hutchins: "Thanks, Mom. We got one." …

Bob Miller's recent bout with shingles reminded reader George Sands of Torrance that Magic Johnson once came down with shingles in the mid-1980s, prompting then-Lakers publicist Josh Rosenfeld to tell reporters asking where Johnson had contracted the painful skin rash, "Probably in a shingles bar."

jerome.crowe@latimes.com

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