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LeBron James Deserts Cleveland: Burn on, Big River, Burn On

July 9th, 2010
"Even after 40 years, maybe the most surprising thing about the June 22, 1969, Cuyahoga River fire is that it is remembered at all. "The fire—a brief Sunday afternoon flare-up of oil-soaked debris likely ignited by either molten steel or a spark from a passing rail car—was doused ...

Los Angeles Lakers Championship Parade: Moment of Silence for the Champions

June 21st, 2010
"We came, we saw, we conquered everything in sight. Moment of silence for the champions." —Ron Artest, "Champions" "Life moves pretty fast. You don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it."  —Ferris Bueller, Ferris Bueller's Day Off Today, approximately 65,000 people lined the streets of Los Angeles to ...

Lakers vs. Celtics, Game 3: L.A.’s Derek Fisher the King for a Night

June 9th, 2010
"Fame," O.J. [Simpson. Yes, that one.] said, walking along, "is a vapor, popularity is an accident, and money takes wings. The only thing that endures is character." "Where'd you get that from?" [A.C. "You Know Who He Is, Dammit"] Cowlings asked. "Heard it one night ...

NBA Finals 2010 Game 2: L.A. Lakers Should Look to John Wooden for Approach

June 6th, 2010
Amid the the buzz between NBA Finals games in Los Angeles, the game and city lost legend John Wooden at age 99 Friday night. If Wooden had to die in any hospital, it's appropriate that it was one only about 1,000 paces from The House He Built, Pauley Pavilion. There was ...

L.A. Lakers’ Black Mamba Readies To Strike, Rewrite 2008 Script

May 31st, 2010
"Black Mamba, attack conquer/ Basketball beast, rap monster/ Crossover good, a turnaround jumper/ Or just drive in the lane and dunk on dunkers/ You know where it's going, it's going down yo/  This is the Lakeshow, but don't drown though/  I call him King Bryant, now let the crown show." ...

Don’t Panic: Luck Be a Los Angeles Laker

May 26th, 2010
From our corrections and retractions department: Okay, maybe this is a rivalry . In defense of my last article, I did warn the Lakers about looking past the Phoenix Suns, even if that's what I was essentially doing in my own thesis. Also in my defense, I wasn't the only one. Rumors ...

Los Angeles Lakers Can’t Allow Boston Celtics Rivalry to Eclipse Suns

May 22nd, 2010
It's not like the Los Angeles Lakers and Phoenix Suns haven't been trying. The Lakers have been saying all the right things, talking about how the memory of their early exit in the Western Conference at the hands of the Suns during 2006 and 2007 playoffs still stings. Of course, it was ...