Clippers center DeAndre Jordan blocks a shot by Wizards forward Nick Young… (Paul Buck / EPA )
I've been happily married to the Lakers for 45 years. They've given me many great moments, and 11 unforgettable championships.
But the passion is fading. The Lakers are showing their age, and the losses are mounting. As a result, the frequency of our television interludes has slipped.
And now along come the perky, new-look Clippers. Chris Paul is adorable. Blake Griffin is electric! They run. They dunk. They win!
Despite best intentions, I find myself infatuated with these Clippers, thinking about them constantly. And yes, the television interludes have been amazing.
I'm a red-blooded L.A. sports fan. Must I feel guilty for loving two teams?
"Oh Me Oh My"
I've been a lifelong Lakers fan who bleeds purple and gold and have always watched the Clippers with one eye. Well, I'm now watching with two eyes and love what I see.
Showtime is back in L.A. but the jersey colors are different.
Paul Shubunka Sr.
How long before Kobe offers to buy out his contract so he can go down the hall to Clippers, and get a few more rings? How would Commish Stern view that? He'd probably love it as another punishment to the Busses for not falling in line with him during lockout.
Whatever may be going on under Jim Buss' ever-present baseball cap, it is apparent that shoring up his Lakers ballclub for any kind of playoff run is of low priority. Rest assured, with the current point guard situation and thin bench, this team is prime for an early playoff departure ... if they even qualify as one of the top eight.
In last Friday's game against New York, the Lakers were literally run over by Jeremy Lin. In 38 minutes, Lin outscored all of the Lakers, save Bryant and Gasol, 38-35. If the Lakers sentimentalists even dreamed that the Lakers have a chance to make the playoffs, they should wake up and apologize.
Playing the same defense against the Knicks and expecting a different result is the definition of "Linsanity."
Bill Plaschke's column in Wednesday's paper is useless drivel and a waste of ink.
Everyone who follows the NBA clearly sees that this year's Lakers are a joke. Where the focus should be on David Stern's inexplicable intervention to block the Lakers' acquisition of Chris Paul, Plaschke instead continues to drone on about the mess the Lakers are.
Add Paul to the Lakers and the scene in L.A. is vastly different. The Clippers would be wallowing in the same mire they had been for decades, and the Lake Show would be setting the NBA on fire.
Of course, the other bit of absurd theater that took place in the off-season – Jerry Buss allowing his son Jim to hire video coordinator Mike Brown as head coach – should get more play than it does.
So let the sportswriters start addressing reality. Even with Stern's assist of the year, the Clippers have accomplished as much as the Thunder, Magic, Nuggets and Jazz: nothing. Not a single title, just a lot of noise.
Perhaps Plaschke should start writing about the L.A. Unified School District. There's an institution with real problems for which Plaschke's pessimism might be more appropriate.
Brian C. Gura
Three reasons that Mike Brown's admission that he almost cut Andrew Goudelock speaks more to Brown's inability to judge talent than it does to Goudelock's skills:
1. Goudelock must have played similarly well in practice, but instead Brown used Darius Morris when Blake was hurt.
2. Darius Morris cannot play a lick. Morris doesn't deserve a spot on the roster, much less the long look Brown gave him as the backup point guard.
3. Brown's wonders "who would have thunk" that Goudelock would eventually be Brown's backup point guard? Certainly no one who relies on Brown's ability to spot a basketball player out of a crowd.
Perhaps Mike Brown needs to be a "stats" guy. If Devin Ebanks is shooting better than World Peace and Barnes, can Brown explain why Ebanks never got off the bench? If indeed, World Peace is a deteriorating defense player, can Brown explain why he is on the court at all?
Brown doesn't seem to have any feel for running an offense or a team for that matter. The bench has the worst scoring average in the NBA. This is caused by several factors, the first being he plays his starters too many minutes and he doesn't play some bench guys for weeks.
I will say this loud and clear. Mike Brown and his staff are clueless. Period. Perhaps Brown should watch that on tape.
In addition to their point guard problem, the Lakers have a three-point problem: They can't make them, ranking dead last in the NBA at 29.1%. Even Kobe at 29.2% can't make three out of 10. Maybe they should just stop trying.