July 8, 2013 |
It is has become almost a summer ritual keeping track of the many players switching schools in a variety of sports. Last school year, there were 14,918 sports-related transfers statewide. If this summer is any indication, there should be even more in 2013-14. As usual, basketball leads the way in impact transfers. Just last week, Kendall Small, a junior point guard at Huntington Beach Ocean View who averaged 20.8 points as a sophomore and has scholarship offers to several Pac-12 schools, transferred to Lakewood Mayfair.
May 24, 2013 |
Kobe Bryant was named to his 11th All-NBA first team Thursday, joining LeBron James, Kevin Durant, Tim Duncan and Chris Paul for the 2012-13 season. With the honor, Bryant joins Karl Malone with the most first-team selections in league history. The Lakers guard was previously tied at 10 with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Michael Jordan, Bob Cousy and Bob Pettit. This was Bryant's eighth straight selection to the first team. Voting was done by a panel of 119 sportswriters and broadcasters.
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May 2, 2013 |
At Harvard-Westlake, a private high school in the shadows of the Hollywood Hills, players from the basketball team heaped praise on the alumnus who this week became the first active NBA player to announce that he is gay. "We have a lot of pride in him," Michael Sheng, 17, said of Jason Collins. "He's a hero, an icon for what he has done. " Support from basketball players was more tentative at Susan Miller Dorsey High, a school in the heart of Los Angeles' black community that has long been an athletic powerhouse, producing numerous NFL and NBA players.
April 6, 2013 |
Lots of parents have named their sons Jordan after Michael Jordan, the NBA Hall of Famer. There could be a day parents name their daughters Jordin after Jordin Canada, the junior point guard from Los Angeles Windward who might be the best in the nation as a ball handler and facilitator. She has been selected the girls' basketball player of the year in Southern California by The Times. At 5 feet 7, she towered over opponents by the way she controlled games in helping Windward win its first 32 games until a 60-45 loss to Oakland Bishop O'Dowd in the CIF state championship Open Division final.
April 4, 2013 |
Police in Spokane, Wash., completed their investigation of a fight that occurred last month and have requested that two USC basketball players be charged with two counts each of second-degree assault, a police spokeswoman said. Neither police nor USC has named the players involved in the March 10 incident. USC suspended center James Blasczyk and forward Dewayne Dedmon indefinitely the day after the incident for violating team rules. The Spokane County prosecutor's office will make the final decision about whether to file charges, police spokeswoman Monique Cotton said in an email.
April 4, 2013 |
Michigan point guard Trey Burke, who helped the Wolverines reach the Final Four for the first time since 1993, and Miami's Jim Larranaga have been selected the Associated Press' player and coach of the year. Burke garnered 31 of 65 votes from the same media panel that selects the weekly top 25. He is the first Michigan player since Cazzie Russell in 1966 to win player of the year. The 6-foot sophomore averaged 19.2 points, 6.7 assists and 3.1 rebounds while often playing with four freshmen.
April 2, 2013 |
Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice's job is in jeopardy after the release of a video that shows the coach using gay slurs, physically pushing and grabbing his players, and throwing balls at his Scarlet Knights team during practices. In the video obtained by ESPN , Rice can be seen repeatedly belittling and shoving his players. He is also observed targeting a player's head with a basketball and kicking another. Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti, who according to the Associated Press was first shown the video in late November, originally suspended the coach for three games, required he attend anger management classes and fined Rice $50,000.
April 1, 2013 |
If you had a serious case of the heebie-jeebies when University of Louisville sophomore guard Kevin Ware snapped his tibia on live television during the NCAA basketball tournament, you weren't alone. Teammates crumpled to the floor. Players on the nearby bench physically recoiled. Louisville Coach Rick Pitino says he nearly vomited at the sight of his player's bone jutting through the skin of his lower leg. Broadcasters stopped showing the break after a few replays. Their reaction may be rooted in evolution, genetics and upbringing.
March 24, 2013 |
SACRAMENTO - Aaron Gordon is supposed to be the best high school basketball player from Northern California since Jason Kidd. Stanley Johnson could be the best player in Coach Gary McKnight's 31-year coaching career at Santa Ana Mater Dei. They had the perfect setting Saturday night, the two squaring off in an NBA arena, each trying to win a third consecutive state championship. The 6-foot-7 Johnson scored 26 points and had 12 rebounds. The 6-8 Gordon scored 22 points and had 20 rebounds.
March 21, 2013 |
SALT LAKE CITY - I opened the drapes Thursday morning and saw snow everywhere. Was it a dream or was it really March 21? What year was it? Who was president? I was in that foggy state of early-morning rising. Panicked I would miss Bode Miller in the Olympic super giant slalom, I searched for my parka and snow boots but incredibly forgot to pack any snow-related gear. What a dummy. There was a media shuttle bus outside the hotel, however, so I hopped on with a light jacket and told the driver to take me straight to Snowbird for the alpine events.