LAKERS STOP STREAKING CELTICS

Chants of “Boston Sucks!” rained all over Staples Center on Christmas Day. The L.A. crowd were feeling good after the Lakers defeated the Celtics, 92-83, to end Boston’s 19-game winning streak and gain an upperhand in the season series. The Celtics, who had won 19 in a row heading into the highly anticipated showdown, might … [Read more…]

STEPHENSON’S ‘GOT GAME’

Abraham Lincoln High School in Brooklyn (N.Y.) has seen its share of success stories. The school’s alumni directory reads like a book of famous people. Marv Albert, John Forsythe, Louis Gossett Jr., Harvey Keitel, Neil Diamond and Neil Sedaka all attended Lincoln. Arthur Miller, who authored “Death of a Salesman,” was a member of the … [Read more…]

LAKERS ARE FUELED BY GASOL

Kobe Bryant is not the Lakers’ most valuable player this season. What? Yup, sounds utterly ridiculous but it’s true. Bryant may be the best player in the galaxy, but the title of Lakers MVP belongs to Pau Gasol. As good as Kobe Bryant is (and he’s very, very good), the game is still played inside-out. … [Read more…]

BARON OF HOLLYWOOD

Baron Davis loves nicknames. He’s been known as: B-Diddy….BD….The Beard….Baron of the Hardwood….and, a personal fave, Boom Dizzle. His given name was simply not sufficient enough to pacify the former UCLA and Santa Monica Crossroads stud. Or, maybe he wears too many hats off the court. When he’s not dealing on the basketball court, Davis … [Read more…]

STUCKEY HEADS LIST OF RISING STARS

The Detroit Pistons traded away Chauncey Billups because GM Joe Dumars wants to clear cap space and thinks very highly of second-year guard Rodney Stuckey. The 6-foot-5 guard from Eastern Washington showed flashes of stardom in last year’s playoffs, averaging 9 points and 3 assists, and parlayed that into a successful stint with the U.S. … [Read more…]

THE 10 BEST CENTERS OF ALL TIME

Patrick Ewing and Hakeem Olajuwon were always considered two of the best centers in the game and their induction into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame in 2008 officially cemented their place in history. But where does Ewing and Olajuwon rank among the greats? Who is the best center of all time?¬†Wilt? Russell? Shaq? With … [Read more…]

A VITALE PART OF COLLEGE BASKETBALL

Dick Vitale is the most influential figure in college basketball since John Wooden. Are you serious! Are you serious! Yes, I’m serious.¬† Dickie V is more than just a TV commentator. He is the face and voice of college basketball for 30 years. What Michael Jackson was to MTV, Dick Vitale is to ESPN. Vitale’s … [Read more…]