All Ball Sports: New Sheriff in Lakers Land

by Paul Teetor   For the first time all year, Russell Westbrook displayed an impeccable sense of timing. No rushed shots to beat the 24-second clock, no off-target passes to teammates looking the other way, no basketballs dribbled off his foot while running a one-man fast break. That’s because this well-timed move was off the…

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All Ball Sports: Sandy gets a statue

By Paul Teetor   There are plenty of retired sports stars walking around Los Angeles. Right here in the Beach Cities we have big-name guys like former USC quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Matt Leinart, former Boston Red Sox shortstop and World Series hero Nomar Garciaparra, and former Phoenix Suns point guard Steve Nash, a two-time…

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All Ball Sports: The Force is with you, Luke; Aaron Donald too

by Paul Teetor   Six years ago Manhattan Beach’s own Luke Walton was the hottest head coaching candidate in the entire NBA.  Today, not so much. As the interim head coach of the Golden State Warriors in 2015-16, he led the Warriors to a 39-4 record while Head Coach Steve Kerr missed much of the season…

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All Ball Sports: Coach Kerr calls for courage, Coach Hams chooses Lakers, Coach Ramsey chooses Loyola High 

by Paul Teetor           In three brief but incredibly powerful minutes, Golden State Warriors head coach Steve Kerr captured the tidal wave of anguish, outrage and sorrow that has engulfed much of America, following the latest school massacre in Uvalde, Texas. The horrific detail about the little girl who reached over to her dead friend…

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All Ball Sports: Lakers Coaching Candidates – And then there were three

By Paul Teetor                 Help Wanted: seeking miracle worker for impossible job! Must be able to work with divas, slackers, ego-maniacs and incompetent upper management. Born scapegoats welcomed.        D-Day for the Lakers coaching search is looming ever closer, so let’s start with the good news for Lakers fans: ex-Warriors Coach and current basketball analyst Mark Jackson…

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All Ball Sports: It’s moving day for the Lakers

by Paul Teetor                                     It’s long past time for the Lakers to try something radically different and do something really smart: face reality and trade LeBron James while they can still get significant assets for him. Wait, what?    Trade LeBron? The Lakers don’t trade away superstars – they trade for them. That’s their history and the…

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All Ball: Lakers Mr. Clutch backs down HBO, Bruins back, USC backed out

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            By Paul Teetor Jerry West Fights Back It’s been a tough year for Jerry West — and it potentially got a lot tougher this week when he fought back against HBO and the low-rent cable clowns who made its new series “Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty.” West is totally justified…

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All Ball: Clippers join Lakers on sidelines, beancounters cost Kershaw

by Paul Teetor They started the NBA season with legit championship aspirations. They ended by not even making the playoffs. The epic failure stunned players, coaches, owners and fans. Sound familiar? Sound like the Lakers? Yep. But it’s not that whiny, over-the-hill, alleged-super-star-studded team of LeBron and a bunch of losers that we’re talking about…

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All Ball Sport: Let the Blame Game begin

by Paul Teetor Webster’s Dictionary defines a scapegoat as a person blamed for the wrongdoings, mistakes, or faults of others, especially for reasons of expediency. Synonyms are listed as whipping boy, fall guy and patsy. Meet Coach Frank Vogel, the Lakers newest scapegoat — and whipping boy, fall guy and patsy. Vogel, who was fired…

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All Ball: Cronin’ day will come, Westbrook’s Will Smith moment

By Paul Teetor      The UCLA men’s basketball team coulda, shoulda and woulda won their Sweet Sixteen game against North Carolina Friday night. But they didn’t win, and the bitter disappointment and sense of a golden opportunity lost will linger with Bruins fans for the next 12 months. They could have won because they had the…

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 ALL BALL SPORTS: Dodger Surprises  

 by Paul Teetor Surprises can be good; surprises can be bad. Surprises can be great or surprises can be terrible. Context is everything. Dodgers fans got two big surprises this week: first a good one and then a great one. No terrible ones yet. Not unless Dodgers pitcher/sexual sadist Trevor Bauer is allowed to come…

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