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Lifelong fan of basketball and writer of various things. Thrilled to cover the Los Angeles Lakers for B/R as an NBA Featured Columnist. Hoops stories for Forum Blue and Gold, Searching for Slava, and others. Wrote a book called Coma Dog. Can occasionally be found on twitter @davem234.
David - you wrote in your 15 feb 2016 article on Lakers trade options - "when there’s little left for the Lakers to do but try and hang onto their top-three-protected draft pick in June."
"try and" instead of "try to" is horrible and as a professional writer sets a very bad example.
From Grammar Girl - Try to Versus Try and
Avoid "try and" in formal writing. If you use "and", as in -- I'm going to try and call Grammar Girl -- you are separating trying and calling. You're describing two things: trying and calling. When you use "try to" -- as in I am going to try to call Grammar Girl -- you are using the preposition "to" to link the trying to the calling.
"Young was a fan favorite during his first season in L.A., a hometown player and UCLA standout who joined the Purple and Gold after stints with the Washington Wizards, Los Angeles Clippers and Philadelphia 76ers."
Nick Young played for USC Trojans not the UCLA Bruins just wanted to let you know good article.
Beautifully written piece 12/01/14. Objective and insightful.
Hi David, nice article on Lin vs. Nash but you left out the most important part of the equation. Subs come into the game cold. Starters go right from warmups into the game. A 41 year old with a bad leg needs to go in as warm as possible. Nash will be more effective being warmed up and ready to go as a starter, and much less effective physically coming in cold off the bench - and more vulnerable to pulling muscles etc. D'Antonio discussed this at length last year - maybe the one thing he is right about. In a vacuum I agree with all your arguments about starting Lin, but given Nash's body is breaking down, his best stints are going to be at the start of the 1st and 3rd quarters.
Thanks for becoming a fan, David! I've really enjoyed your writing, especially this most recent piece about the future of Paul George. I love his game on both ends of the court and can't wait to see how he continues to evolve considering he's so young. If you ever have any questions or suggestions about the site, please don't hesitate to contact me. Thanks again!