It's been 20 years since a professional football game was played in Los Angeles. For our second-largest city, with all of its wealth, entrepreneurial spirit and energy, that's simply not acceptable. True, you have near-professional quality some years with UCLA and USC. Unfortunately, it's not quite the same.
I attended a Golden State Warriors game on Wednesday, December 10th as they battled the Houston Rockets. Here are 10 things that I learned:
When Kobe Bryant talks, we listen. That's what five NBA titles and a league MVP gets you. As a result, it became national news when the 36-year-old Bryant was caught on camera going after his teammates for a lackluster effort during practice. "Soft," he called them.
Enjoy the swan song of Bryant. He has moments of greatness that evoke the dominating superstar he has been. But, get used to a Lakers team that is allowing the most points per game in the NBA and has trouble scoring.
The stats behind the Lakers abominable defense are shocking. Not only are the Lakers last in team defensive rating (120.5), the seven players with the worst individual defensive ratings in the league all belong to the Lakers!
Connecting and serving the community is part of our core values at the Los Angeles Lakers organization.
Kobe Bryant is 36 years old. He has been in the NBA over half of his life, which is almost inconceivable in itself, and he's returning from a devastating knee injury that cost him pretty much an entire season. ESPN.com ranked him the 40th best player in the league -- and that's preposterous.
His time in Los Angeles will influence Asian Americans, particularly male youth, in countless ways (not to mention those jersey sales.) All eyes will be on the California native, to see what he'll do for Los Angeles.
Last season was the worst Lakers record since moving the franchise from Minneapolis in 1960. The team missed the playoffs for only the second time in the last two decades. Is this an aberration or the start of a long decline?
One of the major decisions Laker management will have to decide on is the price they're willing to pay to keep Pau wearing purple and gold. I'll try to list a few of the factors that the front office should be considering as they make their decision.
We have built this moment up for so long. The gay world and the sports world have played such vital roles in my life and I've been one of the many gay fans who have spent years craving a moment where our passions collide.
If the Black Mamba himself questions whether it is plausible to return from an injury at the ripe-old age of 35, what does that mean for the rest of us?
One thing is for sure, the glamor franchise of the NBA for years, the Los Angeles Lakers, are heading into an uncertain and murky future.
Perhaps the most glaring tell that Kobe isn't yet Kobe came with just under five minutes left in the game. He was fouled and heard the whistle, yet did not attempt to bring his hands through for his trademark move to draw a shooting foul.
It's like a bad movie you watch over and over again. The Kings lead in the third quarter and then lose the game in the fourth. One of the key components was again on the bench watching Sacramento fall to the Los Angeles Lakers 106-100.
Kobe is not the only player making enough money to feed his family; there are 58 others making more than $10 million.