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Honolulu, 2016: My 20-Year Memories Of Kobe Bryant

(EDITOR'S NOTE: This column by sports editor Mitch Chortkoff appeared two years ago in the Observer and is being run again due to recent requests from readers.) It was 1996 and I was in Honolulu...

 

Kobe Bryant By The Numbers

Below are facts and gures about Bryant's historic career. • 48,527: Minutes played through April 7, 2016, the sixth most in NBA history • 33,521: Career points, third on the NBA's all-time...

 

Kobe Scores 60 In His Final Game

Kobe Bryant ended his 20- year playing career with the Lakers by scoring 60 points Wednesday night in a 101-96 victory over the Utah Jazz. Bryant took 50 shots and made 22. He was given only token res...

 

Dodgers Elated with Puig's Fast Start

There's no doubt that Yasiel Puig has a lot of baseball talent. But he's been so erratic with the Dodgers that he's inspired opinions from columnists and fans that he should be traded. But what's...

 

Griffin Is Back But How Effective Will He Be?

I went to Staples Center Sunday to see a basketball game. Instead, I saw a workout. Blake Griffin was returning to the Clippers after missing 45 games due to a broken hand, a torn quadriceps and a...

 

Despite Petition, UCLA Won't Fire Steve Alford

Many UCLA basketball fans are so eager to see Coach Steve Alford fired that they signed a petition requesting that. It's pretty shocking how UCLA recently finished its season, finishing 10th in the...

 

Dodgers Have New Payment Strategy: Will It Work?

Last season the Dodgers had the highest player payroll in baseball history-- $291 million. They didn't reach the World Series and now there is evidence that the Dodgers have adopted a new strat- egy....

 

Padres Fire Manager As They Chase Dodgers

The Padres were on the verge of beating the Dodgers Sunday in San Diego. With the winning run on base in a 2-2 tie in the ninth inning Juston Upton hit a drive to deep centerfield. Within seconds the...

 

Congratulations, Warriors: What About Next Year?

Okay, this season is over. The Golden State Warriors are champions – well deserved because they had the best regular season record with 67 wins and then proved in the playoffs they're for real. Now...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    May 4, 2015

Clippers Need Paul To Continue Sudden Surge

How surprising. The Clippers went to Houston with short rest, learned that Chris Paul couldn’t play and proceeded to win Game 1 of their second round playoff series. But I have something to say to...

 
 By Mitch Chortkoff    Sports    May 4, 2015

Lakers-What Might Have Been

As the Houston Rockets begin play in the second round of the NBA playoffs I can’t help wondering what might have been for the Lakers. You see, Dwight Howard wasn’t ready to commit to the Lakers...

 

Clippers Can't Match Spurs' Reserves In Game 5 Loss

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor The Clippers were dazzling in the first quarter of Game 5 Tuesday night. They raced to a 28-13 lead over the defending NBA champion San Antonio Spurs at Staples...

 

Angels Will Pay Hamilton $70 Million To Play For Texas

By Mitch Chortkoff Sports Editor When an arbitrator ruled that Josh Hamilton would be entitled to his full 2015 salary from the Angels despite a relapse of cocaine addiction the club responded with...

 

Angels Must Pay Hamilton And They're Not Happy

Major League baseball has announced it won't investigate the Josh Hamilton case, and that means the Angels are stuck with his sizeable contract for this season. Recovering from a relapse of substance...

 

Clippers To Face Spurs In First Round

The Clippers will have home court advantage in the first round of the NBA playoffs but will have to play the defending champion San Antonio Spurs. Game 1 is set for Sunday at 7:30 pm at Staples Center...

 

I Like Wooden Best, But Krzyzewski Is Getting Close

John Wooden guided UCLA to 10 national championships and there's a solid case that he's the greatest coach in college basketball history. But if you're a fan of Mike Krzyzewski your man is building a...

 

UCLA's Two Tournament Wins Salvage Some Credibility

When John Wooden was coaching 10 UCLA basketball teams to national championships there was no ESPN. Times have certainly changed. Now the schools best identified with the network rule college...

 

UCLA Announcer Roberts Retires

UCLA’s loss to Gonzaga in the NCAA Tournament’s Sweet 16 last week was the final game for Chris Roberts, who has broadcast Bruin football and basketball for the last 23 years. Roberts recently...

 

Warriors End Clippers' Seven-Game Winning Streak

So many times during the Lakers’ feat of winning 16 NBA championships I’ve been in the building, feeling the excitement, eager to do my work and being thankful I’m in the sportswriting...

 

Champion Giants Struggle In Spring Training

How important are the results in spring training? The popular belief is the results aren't very important since minor leaguers often replace major leaguers in the latter innings of most spring...

 

Who's Best? Oregon Or Ohio State?

For many years the Pac-10 champion and Big Ten champion capped a football season by playing in the Rose Bowl game. This time the conference's best teams, Oregon and Ohio State, will also cap a...

 

Decisions Awaited For UCLA Football Next Season

Just like USC, UCLA concluded its 2014 football season with a bowl victory. Oh, it wasn't on a par with Oregon's season, and there's no arguing that the Ducks were the Pac-12's best team. But it sure...

 

A Christmas Gift: Five NBA Games On National TV

On Christmas day folks annually gather for a festive occasion. But the National Basketball Association has another idea for this holiday. Marketing. The league puts on an extravaganza, Five...

 

Holiday Bowl Win Excites USC Coach

USC, which lost its annual football game to UCLA for a third straight time this season, ended 2014 with a harrowing 45-42 victory over Nebraska in the Holiday Bowl in San Diego Dec. 27. The Trojans,...

 

Struggling Lakers Miss Gasol A Lot

As I look at the Lakers' dreadful record I wonder how much better they'd be this season if Pau Gasol remained on the team. Gasol, a far better big man than anyone on the Lakers this season, was...

 

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