1. Lakers-Magic: Kobe Bryant's Loss Is Orlandos Gain, 108-104

    The Orlando Magic had never won an NBA Finals game. If they ever needed a win, it was tonight. The Magic could not afford to go down three games to one in their NBA Finals matchup with the Los Angeles Lakers...

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  2. Thoughts After NBA Finals Game Two

    The hero of Game One of the NBA Finals nearly turned into the goat of Game Two. I’m talking about Kobe Bryant, of course. Like Bryant said after the game, "I made some bad decisions...

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  3. USC Trojans 2009-2010 Comings and Goings

    Although the Trojans depth chart will fluctuate between fall camp and the final game of the season, the team roster for 2009 is set. So, let’s take an early look at 2010...

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  4. NBA Finals: Lakers Survive a Magical Overtime in Game Two

    Game Two of the NBA Finals between the Orlando Magic and Los Angeles Lakers started at a snail’s pace, but it certainly didn’t end that way...

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  5. Thoughts After NBA Finals Game One

    All week prior to Game One, the main question in the Los Angeles media market was: Does Kobe Bryant need a fourth ring to seal his legacy? It’s a ridiculous question when you think about it...

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  6. Los Angeles Lakers Strike First, Bury Orlando Magic 100-75

    The way Kobe Bryant started the opening game of Lakers NBA Finals with the Orlando Magic had absolutely no bearing on how he would finish...

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  7. LeBron James: The NBA's Greatest Closer!

    Last week I got criticized—no crucified—when I merely suggested that LeBron James was not only the NBA’s greatest player, but its greatest closer. I merely suggested it based on what Jerry West had said...

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  8. Searching For A Star Tailback at USC

    There is the real world, and then there is the media’s version of the real world. Oftentimes, they are worlds apart. So, I had to smile when asked to write an article on which running back at USC would emerge as the "bona fide star" in 2009...

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  9. Los Angeles Lakers Retain Western Title with 119-92 Win over Denver Nuggets

    During these 2009 playoffs, the Lakers have looked pretty bad at times and half decent at other times. But tonight in Denver they regained their championship form and retained the Western Conference Title with a 119-to-92 win over the Nuggets...

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  10. While George Karl Sulks, Are the Refs Listening?

    Over the years, I have acquired a great deal of respect for George Karl, the Denver Nuggets head coach. He has weathered adversity both on and off the court...

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  11. Los Angeles Lakers Bounce Back in Game Five, 103-94

    Tied at the end of the first quarter at 25. Tied at the end of the first half at 56. Tied at the end of the third quarter at 76. That was how Game Five of the Western Conference Finals between the Lakers and Nuggets went...

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  12. Has Mitch Kupchak Cost the Lakers the Title?

    Before Game Four of the Western Conference Finals, I was going to write that I wasn’t referring to this year’s title but next year’s. However, after the blowout in Game 4, this might apply to this year’s title as well...

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  13. Lakers-Nuggets: Trevor Ariza Steals Another Game from Denver

    The Denver Nuggets led for most of the game, but the Lakers kept it close until the end of the third quarter, when Trevor Ariza had to go into the locker room, having aggravated a hip injury, and J...

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  14. Has LeBron James Overturned Kobe Bryant's Legacy?

    Eleven years ago, Jerry West, then the GM of the Los Angeles Lakers, drafted a 17-year-old hot shot from Lower Merion High School near Philadelphia. The rest was history—a history that had continued up to this week...

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  15. What Match Up Do You Want to See in the NBA Finals?

    As of this writing, there are four teams left with identical one-and-one records. Both No. 1 seeds, Los Angeles and Cleveland, have lost their home court advantage...

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  16. Nuggets Defeat Lakers on Turnaround Thursday, 106-103

    The way the Denver Nuggets had been dominating in the first two rounds of the playoffs, it was out of character that they should blow a 16-point first quarter lead against the Lakers on Tuesday night...

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  17. Lakers Edge Denver Nuggets 105-103 to Take Game One

    It was nine clutch free throws by Kobe Bryant and an outstanding defensive play by Lamar Odom and Trevor Ariza in the Fourth Quarter that got the Lakers past the Denver Nuggets, 105-103, in the first game of their Western Conference Finals...

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  18. Lakers Win Leaves More Questions than Answers

    The story of the Lakers’ Western Conference Semifinal Series with the Houston Rockets was one of fast starts. The team that won the First Quarter won every game in this series. The story, however, was anything but dramatic...

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  19. Lakers Defeat Rockets 89-70: Size Does Matter!

    In this year’s playoffs, the Lakers usually lose when they score less than 100 points, but not today. The Lakers' defense made the difference...

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  20. Los Angeles Lakers: Phil Jackson Needs to Retire

    I’m writing this in the first quarter of tonight’s Lakers-Rockets game six with the Rockets up 13-1. Time has passed Phil Jackson by. This team is not the Chicago Bulls...

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  21. Denver Nuggets Await the Lakers or Rockets

    Denver closed out their Western Semifinal series with Dallas 124-110 and left no doubt who was the better team. Now they await the winner of the Lakers-Rockets series...

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  22. Lakers-Rockets: Los Angleles Blasts Houston in Game Five, Reclaims Series Lead

    Not only did the Houston Rockets and Los Angeles Lakers switch cities after Game Four of their Western semifinal series, they switched games...

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  23. Should Kobe Bryant Opt Out?

    If things don’t go Kobe Bryant’s way this year, and right now they don’t look like they will, he needs to move on, or he can forget about that fourth ring...

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  24. The USC Trojans and the D-Word: Are They for Real?

    While a dynasty is fairly easy to define in most sports, whether professional or college, a dynasty eludes definition in BCS-Era Division I College Football...

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  25. Lakers Play like Underdogs, Fall in Houston with a Thud, 99-87

    Can there be any doubt after today’s atrocious loss in Houston that the Lakers are not a championship team? Can there be any doubt, despite whatever physical skills they may have, that ...

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