November 29, 2013
If the Lakers and Kobe wanted his salary to match his jersey number, how about he goes back to No. 8? William David Stone Beverly Hills :: I have followed Mitch Kupchak since he played at North Carolina in the '70s, and if there ever was a general manager as deft and brilliant as Jerry West, it has to be Kupchak. Which makes me nearly positive that during the recent Lakers dealings, Kupchak's job has been to merely give in to the owner and then be forced to explain the lunacy of the owner-impostor, Jim Buss.
November 23, 2013 |
There's so much for Manny Pacquiao and his promoter to like about this new venture of fighting in Macao, China. For Pacquiao, it means a break from the 39% U.S. tax rate that reduced his purses fighting in Las Vegas. For Bob Arum, there's the promise of expanding a fan base among a country of 1.3 billion, particularly among those deep-pocketed enough to afford a vacation to the gambling-mecca Macao, where the Venetian hotel owners provided Arum a reported $8-million site fee. But will U.S. fans retain their interest in buying a Pacquiao pay-per-view when he's fighting at such a distant locale?
November 21, 2013 |
This might sound familiar to Lakers fans, but Dwight Howard was criticized for being too passive with the Houston Rockets. The critique came from Rockets legend and part-time Howard mentor Hakeem Olajuwon. "I wish he was doing a better job," Olajuwon told NBA.com. "Dwight has always been athletic and aggressive and he still is. But when I watch him, what I see are opportunities that he is missing. When he gets the ball, he seems to be taking his time to decide what move to make, where he should go. " Olajuwon worked with Howard during the off-season but returned to his home in Jordan last month.
November 21, 2013 |
In this most conflicted of Lakers seasons, it figures that the common reaction to Kobe Bryant's imminent and inspirational return is actually two reactions. Upon hearing the news: Yes! This means they have a chance to make the playoffs! Ten minutes later: No! This means they have a chance to make the playoffs! It has never been tougher being a Lakers fan, enduring two disparate seasons within one season, rooting for two different objectives within one organization, the vocal cords paralyzed by the confusion.
November 19, 2013 |
BEIRUT - A pair of suicide bombings at Iran's embassy that killed an Iranian diplomat and at least 24 other people underscored how the violence in Syria has traversed borders and fanned sectarian tensions across the Middle East. Lebanon has long been a secondary theater of the Syrian conflict, but Tuesday's twin blasts in Beirut were a blow aimed directly at Iran, one of the major foreign backers of the embattled government of Syrian President Bashar Assad. Beginning with peaceful protests during the "Arab Spring" that challenged Assad's autocratic rule, Syria's strife has devolved over the last 32 months into a regional proxy war stoked by sectarian malice.
November 18, 2013 |
Take a deep breath, Trojans Nation. The canonization of Ed Orgeron is premature. At least two games premature, to be specific. Nothing should detract from what Orgeron has done. His mop-up duty for Lane Kiffin has been spectacular. Beating Stanford on Saturday night was beyond surprising. Remember, these were basically the same players who lost to Washington State. At home. Orgeron has filled the Coliseum once again. He has his players loving their school and their team again, not to mention loving him. The night he won his first game as the new head man, beating Arizona at the Coliseum, his quarterback, Cody Kessler, told the media afterward that USC players would die for Coach O. The reaction after the victory over Stanford on the Trojans' 710 radio network Saturday night was that USC's football coaching search was over.