April 7, 2013
A lost cause? Embattled Cleveland Coach Byron Scott, a former Lakers All-Star, on the struggling Cavaliers' mentality: "If guys don't fear or hate losing as much as I do, we're going to keep going through what we're going through. You have to be to the point where you hate losing. In the '80s, we hated losing games. It was gut-wrenching. I don't know if we've gone through that. I have. I don't know if they have. " She got game Miami forward Shane Battier, on the prospects of someone such as Baylor's Brittney Griner playing in the NBA: "There's no doubt that in our lifetime, there will be a woman NBA player.
March 3, 2013 |
Jerry Buss may be gone, but Jerry Buss hasn't gone anywhere. Jerry Buss may have died on Feb. 18 at age 80, but Jerry Buss lives. When watching the Lakers makes you howl, when watching the NBA makes you smile, when watching anything in professional sports makes you tap your toe, Jerry Buss is there. "He was nothing less than a transformational force in the history of sports," said NBA Commissioner David Stern at Buss' memorial service. Forever and ever, amen. When you are cheering the Laker Girls, you are cheering Jerry Buss.
February 19, 2013
A day after the death of Lakers owner Jerry Buss, writers from around the Tribune Co. discuss who they consider to be the best owner in pro sports. Check back throughout the day for their responses and feel free to join the conversation with a comment of your own. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times The NBA retains the distinction of having the best owner in pro sports even after the passing of Jerry Buss. His name is Mark Cuban. Not only do his teams win (with the notable exception of this season)
February 18, 2013 |
The Dodgers tipped their cap, much like the whole city, the entire sport, like all American professional sports. Jerry Buss was an original, a transformative figure. Visionary is a strong word, but not too strong. Buss not only influenced the Lakers, but all of Los Angeles. He changed the way sports were presented, and it did not matter what sport. His death Monday of complications of cancer at age 80 brought reaction from across the country, and down the freeway. Said the Dodgers in a release: “The Los Angeles Dodgers organization extends its deepest sympathies to the Buss family and the Los Angeles Lakers' organization on the passing of one of the greatest owners in NBA history.
January 21, 2013 |
OWINGS MILLS, Md. - John Harbaugh has an appreciation of history, and also a sense of perspective. So the Baltimore Ravens coach chuckled Monday at the notion that he and his brother, San Francisco 49ers Coach Jim Harbaugh, will be making history in Super Bowl XLVII when they become the first sibling coaches to face each other in a major professional sports championship. "I guess it's pretty neat," Harbaugh said. "Is it really going to be written about? It's not exactly like Churchill and Roosevelt or anything.
January 13, 2013 |
When I was 7 years old, my friends and I would play football in my backyard for hours, often with my mother watching through the kitchen window. One of the games we played was called "smear the queer. " At the time I didn't know what "queer" meant. I only knew if you were brave enough to pick up the ball, you were "the queer" and would get creamed. As I got older, I learned what that term meant, and then, in high school, I realized that I was gay. But that image of how "the queer" got "smeared" stayed with me. I ultimately realized my goal of becoming a professional football player, but being open about my sexuality while I was a player seemed far too dangerous to consider.