L.A. Pride is a true sports enthusiast. A former youth, and division II assistant basketball coach, who studied the martial arts, he enjoys and follows all sports, even hockey. His quick wit and insight brings a fresh view to the world of sports. You may not always agree with him, but you will enjoy his highly opinionated thoughts.
Is it me…
Or is the NBA still trying to settle in as they hit midseason? There is a cliché in sports that says on any given night anything can happen. This describes the NBA perfectly, so far. Teams are playing so many games in this compressed schedule that nothing is guaranteed. There are no more easy wins available. Yes, some teams are horrible, but given the schedule, a bad team with fresh legs is a good bet against a good team with tired legs.
Talking about legs, what is up with San Antonio? They are an older team and they are hanging with the kids. The Spurs have been a real surprise given the age on their roster, and the injuries to Ginobli, probably their best player. They have the second best record in the western conference, trailing Oklahoma City, a very young team. Go figure.
Watch the Lakers, as they are about to explode.
Their front office is a mess, as reported by Ken Berger. “ The Lakers’ front office is an uncommunicative, rudderless fiasco, and the unrest and paranoia that have been festering for years threaten to derail the team’s plans to ride Bryant to his sixth NBA title while they still can. And much of it can be traced to the growing influence of executive vice president Jim Buss, the owner’s bon vivant son, who has helped transform a great franchise into a steaming pool of nepotism and nincompoops. “
“ Longtime associates of former coach Phil Jackson were let go as the Lakers tried to “wash off anything that had touched” the decorated coach, a person with ties to the front office said. Brian Shaw, Bryant’s preference to succeed Jackson, was interviewed for the job but came away with the clear impression that any efforts to associate himself with Jackson would “hurt him, not help him,” a coaching industry source said.
None of the people, who formed what a longtime NBA executive called one of the best front office staffs in the league, was given the courtesy of knowing whether they would be brought back after the lockout ended. Some are still waiting for that phone call”-Ken Berger
Kobe has begun to express his frustrations with the Lakers, with more to come.
Do you think Phil Jackson is excited about the prospect of coaching Jeremy Lin? Linsanity has only temporarily saved D’Antoni’s job. The Knicks are drooling at the idea of Jackson becoming the head coach.
Rondo of the Celtics threw a no look pass-unfortunately it was the ref who wasn’t looking. It will cost Rondo two games-suspension.
Latest NBA power ratings:
NBA teams continue to adjust and shape their rosters;
A list of current NBA transactions can be found at:
Is it me…
Or does the hard salary cap in the NFL make it difficult to repeat as champions? The cap, the amount you can spend on player’s salaries, forces teams to make decisions regarding personnel based upon monetary restraints. Players are cut because they make too much money, regardless of their athletic ability. It levels the playing field, but makes it hard to build a dynasty.
Every day we hear a new team is interested in Peyton Manning, and/or we hear from the Colts, who claim they want to keep Peyton. I am not sure where Peyton will be next year, but if he is having additional surgery on his neck, as rumored, he needs to be on his couch, retired and watching the NFL. Peyton your health is nothing to play with.
Both T.O. and Randy Moss are looking for jobs in the NFL. Neither played last year and chances are slim they will picked up next year. It appears that they both have some gas left in the tank, but no team wants to put up with the extra baggage they bring with them. They are not worth the trouble on the back end of their careers.
NFL teams continue to adjust and shape their rosters;
A list of current NFL transactions can be found at:
Is it me…
Or is it still a pinch early to start filling out your March Madness Brackets? The sports’ shows are already predicting college basketball’s number one seeds, the last four teams to make the tournament, and the four teams who just miss the cut. It’s too early for this! There are still games to be played, in addition to conference tournaments. So much can and will happen between now and selection Sunday. We need to relax …That said MY four top seeds are:
We can’t help it, it’s what we do!
The latest rankings in Men’s Basketball are as follows:
Is it me…
Or was the best shot landed by Dereck Chisora the slap to Viali Klitschko’s face following the weigh-in?
In addition to slapping Vitali Klitschko, Chisora spit water in Vladamir Klitschko (Vitali’s brother) face, and was involved in post-fight brawl with another fighter. Dereck’s best fight was outside the ring, with the police as he was being arrested…
Granted Chisora tried to take the fight to Vitali, but was frustrated and kept at bay by huge right hand bombs from Vitali, who hurt his left hand and was unable to jab effective after the fourth round. Vitali Klitschko, the WBC heavyweight champion, handily won a unanimous decision over Chisora. Chisora reluctantly admitted that Klitschko had got the job done.
Is it me …
Or was the force with Amanda Lucas? Lucas, the daughter of legendary Star Wars visionary George Lucas, defeated pro-wrestling star Yumiko Motta (5-4) with a submission hold two minutes and 16 seconds into the third round. Lucas improved her record to 4-1, earning her third submission victory in a row.
Lucas, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu purple belt who began fighting professionally in 2008, attempted numerous submissions and softened Motta with head and body shots throughout the three rounds. Motta applied a guillotine choke during a third-round rally, but Lucas defended and found the fight-ending shoulder-lock submission shortly after. Lucas is quietly becoming a ‘star war-rior”
Is it me …
Or is it with great sadness we note the death of “The Kid”? Hall of fame catcher Gary “The Kid” Carter lost his battle with brain cancer and passed away last Thursday. He was 57 years old.
Known affectionately as “The Kid”, because of his unbridled enthusiasm for playing baseball, and his constant smile. He often referred to his career in major league baseball as being a kid in the candy store.
Carter was an 11-time All-Star and three-time Gold Glove winner. His bottom-of-the-10th single in Game 6 of the 1986 Series helped the Mets mount a charge against the Boston Red Sox and eventually beat them. Carter played nearly two decades with the Mets, Montreal, San Francisco and the Los Angeles Dodgers. He led the Expos to their only playoff berth and was the first player enshrined in Cooperstown wearing an Expos cap.
Edited by D. Pride.