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NBA: Impact of sidelined superstars

NBA: Impact of sidelined superstars

Darko Debogovic

October 6, 2013

Every NBA season is riddled with injuries and 2012 was no different. Last year basketball fans saw the likes of Kobe Bryant, Russell Westbrook and Rajon Rondo all go down with injuries, creating immediate ramifications for their teams moving forward. With the preseason underway and the possibility o...

Column: From Linsanity to Lineffective

Column: From Linsanity to Lineffective

Ron Rokhy

November 27, 2012

>>>CORRECTION: Lin was born in California. Last season’s emergence of Jeremy Lin had most people believing the 6-foot-3, Taiwanese Harvard grad could actually ball with the best. Lin averaged 21.5 points and 10.6 assists per game on 49.6 shooting last season during an eight-game stretch for the Knicks and sparked a global phenomenon du...

Column: Is D’Antoni the right head coach for LA?

Ron Rokhy

November 13, 2012

Ron says: The Lakers’ stunning announcement -- which had them choose Mike D’Antoni over Phil Jackson as their new head coach after last week’s firing of Mike Brown -- is a good move and a step in the right direction for the star-studded franchise. Not only were Jackson’s rumored ...

Column: Winless Lakers shouldn’t worry fans

Column: Winless Lakers shouldn't worry fans

Ammons Smith

October 23, 2012

There is no reason to panic about the Lakers' winless preseason, and any negative reaction is an overreaction. Judging a team by its preseason record is naïve because there is no way to know if a team will excel or fall under pressure based on exhibition games. The Miami Heat had slow star...

Column: NBA puts a stop to the flop

Ammons Smith

October 16, 2012

The VP of Basketball Operations for the NBA, Stu Jackson, announced recently that the league will adopt an anti-flopping rule beginning in the 2012-13 season. Flopping, which is a relatively new trend spanning over the past decade, has negatively impacted the NBA because it has wiped away the tone o...

Column: NHL foolishly follows the footsteps of NBA and NFL with impending lockout

Casey Delich

September 24, 2012

Sports fans have already endured two of the biggest national sports – basketball and football – shutting down for parts of the year due to lockouts in the past year, now fans may be without hockey for an extended period of time. The National Hockey League locked out its players Sept. 16 afte...

Jackson sent off the wrong way

Brandon Henson

May 10, 2011

After five NBA championships, including a three-peat in 10 years in Los Angeles, how would the Lakers send their farewells to the Hall of Fame coach Phil Jackson in his last year? Well it was not the tribute I think Jackson wished for. In fact, I doubt any coach would want to be a part of what h...

Dodgers need a Cuban presence

Raul Magana

May 3, 2011

For the Los Angeles Dodgers, a storied franchise and iconic sports organization, it seems like the only two things worth celebrating lately is outfielder Andre Ethier’s hitting streak and the Major League Baseball’s takeover of day-to-day operations from owner Frank McCourt. “The Dodgers have ...

Questions on Knicks’ future loom after playoff exit

Brandon Henson

April 27, 2011

Now that the short-handed New York Knicks have lost a playoff series against the Boston Celtics and succumbed to a sweeping first-round defeat, fans are wondering what is next for the high-profile team. Granted, the Knicks were stricken with injury issues as point guard Chauncey Billups went down in game one with a strained left knee and...

Bulls, Thunder have skills to reach NBA Finals

Raul Magana

April 19, 2011

If there is anything that jumps out about the 2011 NBA playoffs is that anybody can win. Okay well maybe not anybody, but there has been a growing trend where top-seeded positioning in the playoffs no longer equals an automatic ticket for the next round. Every team from first through eighth in both...

‘Crygate’ blame falls on the coach and the Heat organization

Brandon Henson

March 8, 2011

Imagine this scenario. Your team is considered one of the top teams in the league and in your most recent game at home, the team leads for the majority of the game, outscoring your opponent by as much as 12 points. Then late in the game, the opponent manages to rally and take the lead. Remarkably, the game comes down to the final seconds with your team down one point. So what do you do as a he...

Teams gear up after busy trade deadline

Raul Magana

March 1, 2011

The NBA trading deadline has come and gone, and there were more trades this year than I could remember. Some teams filled their needs and some made trades for little more than what equates to salary dumps such as the Clippers and Bobcats. Others managed to trade its superstars in exchange for young talent, such as the Denver Nuggets and the Utah Jazz. Still, others managed to ma...

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