NBA On CNN: ‘Black Thanksgiving commences in LA’

Today longtime NBA reporter David Aldridge posted an opinion piece for CNN.com that paints NBA All-Star Weekend as a portrait of black culture in America.

Aldridge’s lede:
So, you want to know about Black Thanksgiving?
That’s what sports writer Mike Wilbon calls NBA All-Star Weekend.
First of all, what you need to know about Wilbon, whom I love, is […]

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Frozen Logo: Jerry West Statue @ Staples Revealed

Two days before its official unveiling as part of NBA All-Star weekend festivities, Tom Hoffarth of the L.A. DAILY NEWS snapped a shot of the new Jerry West statue gracing Chick Hearn Court at Staples Center:

West joins a bronze pantheon of L.A. greats outside Staples that include Magic Johnson, Wayne Gretzky, Chick Hearn and Oscar […]

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Billion Dollar TV Deal Saves Team For Buss Family

Yesterday Joe Flint of the LOS ANGELES TIMES and this morning John Ourand of SPORTS BUSINESS DAILY reported the Lakers have agreed to a 20-year local broadcast rights agreement with Time Warner Cable for an eye-popping $3 billion.

(Jim Buss (ctr) helps run Lakers basketball ops with Mitch Kupchak (l))
Though Flint also reported that Time […]

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Arenas: “If She Can’t Have Me, She’ll Destroy Me”

A month ago I relayed dubious details of the breakup of Gilbert Arenas and the mother of his three children - with another on the way.

(If only the kids had a card to play. Ugh.)
Laura Govan, who was with Arenas for nine years, claimed in late December (through her publicist) to Amy Argetsinger of the […]

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LAT Ad: Sterling Sentences Griffin, Gordon To Life

Last week L.A. Clippers General Manager Neil Olshey conspicuously blared to Ramona Shelburne of the ESPNLA.com that Blake Griffin would be a Clipper for life:

(Bold claim, eh? Too bad font isn’t. Or legible for that matter.)
Olshey:
“I can guarantee you he will only ever be a Clipper. If [Oklahoma City Thunder general manager] Sam Presti arrived […]

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Pics: Stephen Curry’s Mystery Fiancee Revealed

In a profile of NBA player Stephen Curry on November 4, Scott Fowler of the CHARLOTTE OBSERVER noted that Curry had recently been “engaged to a young woman he knew in high school at Charlotte Christian. The wedding is planned for next summer.”

Since then there’s been no official, on-the-record word on who the lucky lady […]

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Blake Griffin’s Girlfriend Is Absolutely Unreal

In the past few weeks, various websites and blogs have been reporting on Blake Griffin’s new girlfriend, a student at USC named Jasmine Shein.

(wrongwrongwrongwrong)
Griffin and Jasmine Shein were first linked by a sports blog called playerseason.com on Dec. 22 of last year with this post:
This is Blake Griffin’s new girlfriend Jasmine Shein. The […]

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Iverson Coach Speaks; Retirement Now On Hold?

Speculation in Eurasia abounds today about the future playing status of Allen Iverson, who is currently a member of the Besiktas Cola club team in the Turkish Basketball League.

(Australian Rules Hoops Anyone?)
Initial reports yesterday out of Turkey indicated that Iverson, who is averaging 14 points and five assists-per-game for Besiktas Cola, may have suffered […]

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Did Barkley Get Newton NBA Seats? ‘Kiss My A–’

A bit of a dustup broke out on the web last night and this morning after Cam Newton was interviewed on the ESPN and local Los Angeles KCAL 9 Lakers-Suns telecast Wednesday night.

During the game, prominent Birmingham TV personality and WJOX-FM radio host Jim Dunaway Tweeted, “Hanging at Lakers-Suns… Pugh and most Auburn players in […]

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NBA Player’s Crack Addiction a Cautionary Tale

Kris Humphries, who is contracted to play basketball for the New Jersey Nets, is not what you’d qualify as a star player in The League.

(CRACK IS, indeed, WACK)
Averaging around eight points per game for one of the NBA’s most anonymous teams, Humphries might be the last guy in organized sports who you would think […]

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