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The decline and the deeper fall of the Lakers

The decline and the deeper fall of the Lakers

Jerry West, more than any other Los Angeles Lakers player, defined the NBA franchise’s greatness on the court in the 1960s and 1970s and then as an executive in the 1980s and 1990s. Magic Johnson, more than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, James Worthy, Jamaal Wilkes and Coach Pat Riley,...

This NBA draft brought out best in parents

This NBA draft brought out best in parents

Not all parents of elite athletes are nuts. We’re reminded of that with comments from Zion Williamson’s step-father, Lee Anderson. Following rapid speculation that Duke’s "Zeus of College Basketball" season will look for a way out of playing for the New Orleans Pelicans, the NBA...

Bowman defies NFL with NBA draft promise

Bowman defies NFL with NBA draft promise

The smart NFL teams -- ones that find prospects in college basketball dating to Dallas Cowboys scout Gil Brandt converting Pete Gent and Cornell Green in the early 1960s from the hard-court to the gridiron -- safely tucked away their file on Ky Bowman. That meant once Bowman...

Baseball draft example for NBA to study

Baseball draft example for NBA to study

Maybe NBA commissioner Adam Silver should pay attention to how the NCAA baseball tournament has played out now that Florida and LSU are set to open a best-of-three College World Series final Monday night in Omaha, Neb.The national powers from the SEC both have rosters of high...

North Carolina athletes fail to live up to past

North Carolina athletes fail to live up to past

Back in November, I wrote about the 1961 UCLA football team’s threat to boycott the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day of 1962. I compared the highly principled-but-little-known moment in sports history to Missouri’s threatened boycott last season.In both cases, a unified front from the...

Kris Dunn turned down NBA for degree and legacy

Kris Dunn turned down NBA for degree and legacy

RALEIGH, N.C. – Thank you, Kris Dunn.Some of us needed to see a basketball player make a statement favoring education, the college experience and leaving a legacy versus taking the NBA money and running. It’s harder and harder to argue in the court of public opinion the...

The 2014 NBA roster of underclassmen busts

The 2014 NBA roster of underclassmen busts

The NBA All-Star game is less than two weeks away. That means it’s time to look at the deluded players who declared early for the NBA draft only to find a seat on the bench or a ticket to the D League. With the exception of No. 1 overall pick Andrew Wiggins, they are all busts...

Powerful force brings down Sterling

Powerful force brings down Sterling

Bravo, V. Stiviano — or whatever your real name is — for bringing down Donald T. Sterling, the soon-to-be-former owner of the Los Angeles Clippers.She did to Sterling what he has done throughout his adult life — screw people.Many men — NBA officials, lawyers and sportswriters...

Hoop stars need to listen to Magic and Sir Charles

Hoop stars need to listen to Magic and Sir Charles

Thank you, Magic and Sir Charles. Now if only young college basketball stars will listen to you instead of agents, shoe company representatives and recruiting services.With the first week of the NCAA basketball tournament in the books, Magic Johnson and Charles Barkley...

Stern was along for the ride with Magic and Bird

Stern was along for the ride with Magic and Bird

I saw where Donald Stern said he has “a lot of thank you notes to send out” now that he’s officially retired on Saturday as the NBA’s commissioner after 30 years.Well, the man who earned a reported $20-plus million a year can start by writing a hefty donation check to the Magic...