The Lakers' season hasn't gone according to plan after acquiring… (Kamil Krzaczynsky / EPA )
It would be refreshing if he finally stepped up and admitted, as even the marginally educated fan already knows, that he made a colossal mistake.
Manti Te'o? Nope. Jim Buss.
You can fool some Lakers fans some of the time and some Lakers fans all of the time, but you can't fool all of the Lakers fans all of the time. Every Lakers fan I've spoken with believes that the hiring of Mike D'Antoni was as big a mistake as the hiring of Mike Brown. We can't all be wrong.
The Lakers are labeled an "old" team while the Spurs are referred to as a "veteran" team. On that note, does anyone on this planet think that if Gregg Popovich was coaching these Lakers, they would have this poor of a record?
So Shaquille O'Neal thinks Dwight Howard isn't serious enough and smiles too much, compromising Lakers success. Good thing Shaq was always in top shape and never wasted energy feuding with teammates and management, guaranteeing that he got the maximum out of his Lakers career.
Kobe claims he is suffering from tired legs. I would have thought the ball hog would be suffering from tired arms.
Maybe somebody should tell Kobe that leading the league in categories like most assists or fewest turnovers is a bit more to the point in terms of team success than leading in most shot attempts.
When my nephew plays Xbox and hits the reset button this many times, it's time for a new game.
The boys of Troy
Pat Haden recently was quoted as saying that he seeks a "proven winner" to replace the USC basketball coach. It appears that seeking such a coach only applies to USC basketball, as it has been announced that Lane Kiffin has selected Clancy Pendergast as the Trojans' defensive coordinator. This is the same Clancy Pendergast who was recently released as defensive coordinator by the Cal Golden Bears.
Apparently, Haden and Kiffin have not checked their dictionaries. Mine says a coach who is a proven winner is one a team tries to keep, not release.
Has Pat Haden turned USC into the University of Substandard Coaches?
Bill Walton dislikes Howland and UCLA basketball's performance. He supposedly loves UCLA but spends his time ripping the program and likely steered Luke away from Westwood. Bill talks about Bill, throws in a few Wooden quotes, tells how great it used to be, and streams a couple thoughts about Dylan or the Dead, all while tearing down the team each broadcast. Color men should elaborate on what the play-by-play man says or on what's happening in the game. Walton's UCLA-Oregon State broadcast was one of the worst by a color man in basketball history.
Goodness gracious sakes alive, Billy! Where's the mute button!
In response to the big redhead's opinion on the Lakers: Bill, I think you went to too many Dead shows.
UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero should use a Ben Howland timeout and hire Bill Walton to be the next UCLA head basketball coach.
Reggie Miller is having his UCLA jersey retired. Why? He was never an All-American at UCLA and his teams won exactly one NCAA tournament game in his four years there. This is an insult to all the All-Americans who helped UCLA win multiple national championships and have yet to have this honor, players like Keith Erickson, Lucius Allen, Mike Warren and Dave Meyers.
If UCLA wants to honor Miller for his accomplishments in the NBA, they should just hang his Indiana Pacers jersey from the Pauley Pavilion rafters.
In 1963, my Dad took me to a Dodgers game against the St. Louis Cardinals. Back then, I wasn't interested in anybody who didn't play for the Dodgers. This guy came up to bat for St. Louis and everyone gave him a standing ovation. I asked my father why everybody was cheering a player from the other team. He said, "Remember this moment, son. This is the greatest man to ever play the game and he is retiring after this season." A few pitches later, he roped one over the right-field fence. I'll never forget when we all stood up again and cheered as Stan "The Man" trotted around the bases for the last time in the Ravine.
Gene E. Schwartz
If I had been visited by a sports genie at the beginning of 2012 and was told that the Kings will win the Stanley Cup, the Dodgers will trade for Adrian Gonzalez and Hanley Ramirez, Matt Barkley will lead the No. 1-ranked Trojans, and the Lakers will get Dwight Howard and Steve Nash I'd have been sure I was looking forward to one of the best sports years ever.