LA championships: ‘Can we PLEASE have a parade’

After years of loss and unfairness, the Commissioner’s Trophy is finally within reach for the Dodgers. With two outs and no one on, Julio Urias winds up, and Dodger fans across the country hold their breath. The pitch flies in at 97 miles per hour, right down the middle, and the stadium erupts into screams. The Dodgers have won their first World Series since 1988.

American companies kowtow to Chinese money

A year ago, Nike unveiled its “Dream Crazy” ad. It featured former quarterback Colin Kaepernick, best known for kneeling during the national anthem in protest of police brutality and racism. The message, printed over the image of Kaepernick staring back at the camera, told the viewers: “Believe in something, even if it means sacrificing everything. #JustDoIt.” For days, social media was filled with squabbling between those who supported Kaepernick and applauded the sentiment, and naysayers who hated the ad and called for a boycott of …

Why the Raptors can ‘Klaw’ their way to a championship

The Golden State Warriors are the clear favorites by analysts and NBA fans alike to three-peat in the 2019 Finals, and overall, win their fourth title in five seasons. But with a calf injury hampering reigning back-to-back Finals MVP Kevin Durant—which will keep him out for at least half of the series—the Toronto Raptors have a greater chance of dethroning the champs than most analysts are giving them with their superstar in Kawhi “The Klaw” Leonard, depth, defensive versatility and hunger.

Magic airballs as Lakers president

“I was happier when I wasn’t the president,” said Magic Johnson, who resigned as the Los Angeles Lakers’ president of basketball operations. He said wanted to go back to the simple life of being a wealthy businessman, a beloved former player for one of the greatest franchises in basketball history. He just didn’t want to be president anymore. Johnson also indicated that his inability to tweet congratulatory statements to current NBA players for their achievements because of the NBA’s insane tampering rules was another reason …

#LAbron makes no difference for the Lakers

The Los Angeles Lakers stink right now, plain and simple. From the best basketball player in the world, LeBron James, joining a young, unproven core barely old enough to buy a drink – to a drama-filled season loaded with intense trade speculation as the Lakers hope to bring a championship back to LA – it’s been a wild couple of months to start the season.

The Mamba Mentality: Going inside the mind of a psychopath

When Kobe Bryant announced his first book, “The Mamba Mentality: How I Play”, many were ecstatic that one of the greats in basketball was going to write about his experience in the NBA, as well as his knowledge and understanding of the game of basketball after 20 seasons. Like Bryant’s “Detail” series on ESPN, where it’s 20 minutes of him doing in-depth game analysis of current NBA players, I was expecting a book enriched in text on Bryant’s psychological strengths and habits, which made him …

NBA legend brings the Magic to Pasadena

“I love to win and I hate to lose.” That is Earvin “Magic” Johnson Jr.’s attitude on life and all personal, athletic, and business ventures he pursues. Johnson, an NBA legend, a two-time Hall of Famer, part owner of the Los Angeles Dodgers, one of the most powerful entrepreneurs in the world, and philanthropist, explained this outlook to a full house last Wednesday at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium.

OP-ED: Students react to NBA’s lifetime ban on Clippers owner Donald Sterling

On Tuesday, NBA commissioner Adam Silver brought the hammer down on Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for the fallout of his racist comments, banning him for life from all NBA activities or business with the league going forward. “I fully expect to get the support I need from the other NBA owners to remove him,” Silver said in Tuesday’s press conference. “We stand together in condemning Mr. Sterling’s views. They simply have no place in the NBA.” The recorded comments between Sterling and his …