NBA Commissioner David Stern probably wouldn't be too surprised… (Patrick McDermott / Getty…)
The NBA announced cancellation of its entire preseason schedule. I am a Lakers fan, and I want to know if that also includes the 41-plus game stretch until mid-January, where it usually looks like the Lakers are just going through the motions, or is it the entire 82 games prior to the "real season" — the playoffs?
Is there a more tired story in sports than the greed-fueled NBA lockout? Moreover, with the NFL, college football and the baseball playoffs in full swing, it would take a search party to find someone who cares.
Plaschke's assessment of overpaid NBA basketball players points to the same situation existing in both the NFL and Major League Baseball. The unmitigated greed of players and owners is astounding. The problem has persisted far too long and, in light of our current economic crisis, can easily become the Waterloo for their very existence. If you have any doubts just ask Frank McCourt.
Drastic changes must be made with salaries cut in half, profit margins narrowed and ticket prices reduced to levels once again affordable to the average sports fan and not simply celebrities and business enterprises. When you take greed out of the equation the solution is quite simple.
The really bad thing if the NBA season is canceled is that Kobe Bryant gets another year older and closer to retirement. As a Lakers fan I dread the day he's no longer a part of the team. We've been fortunate in L.A. to have had players as amazing as Baylor, West, Magic and Kobe to watch and enjoy.
Bill Plaschke's column on the NBA lockout displays an incredible lack of historical perspective. The reasons why star power is the lifeblood of the NBA are voluminous. Yet, my point is proven with just six words:
Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Michael Jordan.
Maury D. Benemie
So does USC's Cover 2 mean cover two eligible receivers or cover all of them twice a game?
Jack Von Bulow
It's about time USC gets rid of that old horse. No, not Traveler, but Monte Kiffin. If the Trojans continue their lackluster, uninspired defense under old Monte, perhaps it's time for a defensive coordinator who has a scheme built for the new millennium.
Uncle Monte Kiffin's comment that "the Trojan defense is not as bad as it looks" is hard to defend.
Robert J. Gagliano
While sitting in the Coliseum on Saturday and watching SC's pathetic defense, I began to wonder, what's the difference between the "Tampa Two" and "Prevent" defense? Finally it hit me; it depends on who is coaching it. Monte Kiffin came to USC with all the accolades of a genius, but he seems to be out-schemed and out-coached by Pac-12 offensive coordinators weekly.
If Lane's dad continue to play 60 minutes of prevent defense, the Tampa Two might have a different meaning; two of them sent packing back to Tampa.
A fan of USC football since I lived on the East Coast and Mike Garrett was running around in the backfield, their win over Arizona was a bit appalling. Sure Barkley-to-Woods is wondrous to behold, but where is the running game? And can anyone on the team spell D-E-F-E-N-S-E, or play it? What happens when yet another sharpshooting quarterback comes to town?
UCLA Game Plan:
Plan A: Run the ball with the running quarterback.
Plan B: Pass the ball with the passing quarterback.
Plan C: Pass the ball with the running quarterback.
Order of plans: Plan A, Plan C, act as if you don't have a Plan B.
Plan D: Get a coach with imagination.
I would love to see Mike Leach become the next UCLA football coach.
But even in the unlikely event that he is hired, he wouldn't last long because he would clash with the athletic department.
The best way to prevent such a conflict would be to have the athletic director at UCLA be ... Mike Leach. But then Mike Leach the A.D. would have to get along with the chancellor, and the best chancellor who can do that would be, once again, Mike Leach.
It's highly unlikely that Leach will be hired to fill all three positions.
Wow, when did UCLA become the Vanderbilt … no, wait, they got better. When did they become the Northwestern of … no, they are better too. Oh yeah, when did UCLA become the Clippers of the Pac-12? Wait, even the Clippers are getting better.
OK, so when did the best uniform in college football become one of the worst?
Come on, Rick, we all want you to stay the guy.
I see that UCLA players feel their talent matches that of Stanford. With Andrew Luck likely to get the 2011 Heisman I fully expect UCLA to start the "Brehaut for 2012 Heisman" marketing campaign immediately after the season.