Sunday, February 27, 2011

Lakers Keep Rolling As Kobe Passes Hayes For Seventh All-Time

Kobe came into Sunday's match-up, against the Oklahoma City Thunder, only 10 points behind Elvin Hayes for 7th on the All-Time Scoring List.

Kobe scored 17 points while the Lakers came back from a 14-point deficit. This was their fourth straight win since the all-star break. 

Next up on the list is Moses Malone. Kobe is only 89 points behind Moses for sixth.

Box score: Lakers 90 Thunder 87

Next Game: Tuesday, March 1st. @ Minnesota Timberwolves (5:00 p.m. PST)

Picture credit: AP

Duke Snider Passes Away

Dodgers writer, Dylan Hernandez reports:

Hall of Famer Duke Snider passed away this morning. He was 84.

Dodgers Throwback Uniform Has Been Decided

Earlier this month, the Dodgers launched a voting poll about which Dodgers Throwback uniform they should use this season. {Linked Here}

The fans have chosen.

1940s Road Alternate Uniforms

These weekday afternoon games starting at 12:10pm are when they will be wearing the uniform.

  • Thursday, April 21 vs. Atlanta
  • Wednesday, May 4 vs. Chicago Cubs
  • Wednesday, June 15 vs. Cincinnati
  • Wednesday, June 22 vs. Detroit
  • Wednesday, August 10 vs. Philadelphia
  • Wednesday, August 31 vs. San Diego

Saturday, February 26, 2011

John Wooden Plays Role In UCLA's Final Game At Pauley Pavilion

The Bruins beat the #10 Arizona Wildcats easily with a great performance from Reeves Nelson, who had 27 points and 16 rebounds. This win put the Bruins tied for first in the Pac-10 standings with only 2 games left to play before the conference tournament.

John Wooden still lives on in Pauley Pavilion.

From AP:
LOS ANGELES -- The great-grandson of the late John Wooden scored UCLA's final basket in the last men's game to be played at historic Pauley Pavilion before it closes for renovation.
Tyler Trapani, a junior walk-on who seldom sees any playing time, made a layup from the left side after teammate Jack Haley Jr. airballed a 3-point attempt with 25 seconds left Saturday.
The Bruins defeated No. 10 Arizona 71-49 to tie the Wildcats for first place in the Pac-10.

Trapani made the basket in front of several Wooden family members, including the coaching legend's son Jim and daughter Nan. Wooden died at 99 in June.

"When I got the ball, it was instinct to put it back up," he said. "I knew I was close to the basket so I put it back up as fast as I could."

UCLA coach Ben Howland had tears in his eyes at the way the game ended.

"I was thinking about Coach," he said of the man who led the Bruins to 10 national championships. "It was so fitting Tyler hit the shot. It fell right in his hands. There's something going on there, I really believe it."

Wooden got to see Trapani play the final minute of UCLA's game at the 2009 Wooden Classic in Anaheim, one of his relative's few appearances in a game.

"It's an emotional day," Trapani said. "Just being out there is something I'll never forget."
What are the odds that his great-grandson would be under the basket to make the final basketball at Pauley Pavilion? Amazing!

This was the final game at Pauley Pavilion before they start renovation. Still no word on where the Bruins will play next season.

Picture Credit: Chris Williams/Icon SMI

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Clippers Trade Baron Davis To Cleveland

Marc Spears reports:
The Los Angeles Clippers have reached an agreement in principle to send Baron Davis to the Cleveland Cavaliers for Mo Williams, league sources told Yahoo! Sports.

The Cavaliers will also get a 2011 first-round pick from the Clippers, who will receive forward Jamario Moon.
Davis, 31, signed a five-year, $65 million contract with the Clippers before the 2008-09 season. He struggled for much of his first two seasons, but had begun to play better. He’s averaging 12.8 points and seven assists this season.
I don't understand why the Clippers would give up their 1st round pick for Williams and Moon. This was an obvious move just to save money for next season.

Lakers Best Win Of The Season

Tonight's game against the Portland Trailblazers was unbelievable. Overtime!

Kobe showed why he's the best closer in the NBA.


Kobe Bryant had 37 points and the Los Angeles Lakers overcame a 10-point deficit late in the fourth quarter to beat Portland 106-101 in overtime Wednesday night, snapping the Trail Blazers' season-best, six-game winning streak.

LaMarcus Aldridge had 29 points and 14 rebounds for the Blazers, but didn't hit a shot in the fourth quarter and missed two key free throws in the extra period.
The Lakers hadn't won back-to-back games in Portland since 2000. The Lakers also improve to 10-2 on the second night of a back-to-back.

While Kobe had 37 points, 9 rebounds and 7 assists, he wasn't the MVP of the game. Ron Artest played his best game of the season. He was 5 of 6 from behind the 3-point line. He finished with 24 points and 6 rebounds. He pulled down an offensive rebound in overtime that gave Kobe another chance to extend the lead.

Box Score: Lakers 106 Trail Blazers 101

Next Game: Friday, February 25th. 7:30 p.m. (vs. Los Angeles Clippers)

Vicente Padilla To Undergo Surgery

Dodgers writer, Dylan Hernandez reports
Vicente Padilla will undergo surgery on his pitching arm on Thursday to release a nerve that is entrapped by one of the deep muscles in his forearm.
The Dodgers have not set a timetable for his return.
The Dodgers were aware that Padilla was a serious medical risk, as he was limited to 16 starts last season because of arm and neck problems. His contract reflected that, as he will earn a base salary of $2 million. The deal is incentives-heavy, as he can earn an additional $8 million in bonuses as a starter or an extra $6.8 million as a reliever.
Huge loss for the Dodgers. He was going to be our spot start/long reliever and now it sounds like he'll be out until at least the All-Star break.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Player & Celebrity Appearances At NBA Jam Session

Here are my other post from Jam Session:
Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4

I was fortunate enough to win some free tickets for the 2011 NBA Jam Session. Thanks ESPN Radio!
Eric Gordon 
He was very nice. I also met him a couple days later at Wal-Mart.
Got another picture as he was being escorted out.
Here's the photo he was signing for fans that didn't have an item.
There were 2 Clipper Fan Patrol Girls sitting on each side of him, Julie handed me this photo.
After the Eric Gordon, I headed over to the Autograph Stage.
4 Laker Girls were signing, while the others were at the Lakers Team Photo taking pictures with fans.
Each of them signed this photo.
The following day, I went back to meet Andrew Bynum, Kevin Love, and Shannon Brown.
Andrew Bynum & Norm Nixon
I knew Bynum was scheduled to be at the Fox Sports Booth, so I headed there about 20 minutes early. I was probably the 15th person in line. Norm Nixon showed up to have a Q&A session with Andrew Bynum and they let the fans ask questions. Andrew talked about his new workout DVD that just came out.
The Q&A lasted about 20 minutes and then Bynum began the autograph signing.
 If you didn't have an item for Andre Bynum to sign, Fox Sports had a small paper.
Kevin Love
When I was finished, I ran over to the Kevin Love line. They closed it off about 5 minutes after I arrived. Kevin Love showed up 30 minutes late but still got through the entire line.
 When Shannon Brown arrived, it was Kevin Love's queue to leave. He thanked all the fans for coming out.
Here's the autograph photo
Shannon Brown
They didn't start the Shannon Brown line until 5 minutes before he was scheduled to show-up. I was lucky enough to get in before they closed it. Right before he signed autographs, the MC had Shannon go around and greet the fans. He didn't want to do it.
They didn't allow any pictures with Shannon and he had my photo already signed when I went up to the table. I wasn't able to talk with him like I did with all the other athletes.
 Here's the autograph photo
Brent Barry
Earlier in the day, Brent Barry was at the 710 ESPN Radio booth doing an interview with Mason & Ireland. He talked about the dunk contest and the Lakers sturggles going into the all-star break.
Tina Thompson
The last autograph I got was Tina Thompson from the Los Angeles Sparks. She didn't like my UCLA hat.

Throughout the weekend, I caught a glimpse of a couple of current and ex players.
A.C. Green (Lakers) & Paul George (Pacers)
Paul George (Pacers)
 John Salley (Lakers)
 Katie Smith (Mystics)
Al Horford (Hawks)
 Chris Paul (Hornets)
Chris Paul stopped by the State Farm Scratch Center. He was showing off his DJ skills and interacting with the fans.
 Before the Power 106 Celebrity Basketball game, Jim Hill from CBS was there running a clinic for the kids.
 After he was finished, he began throwing free stuff to the fans in the stands. I caught one of the t-shirts.
After the Power 106 Celebrity Basketball game ended, some of the celebrities came over to my section to sign autographs. My younger sister took a picture with Baby Bash, Nick Cannon and Paul Wall. I didn't have anything for them to sign, so I wasn't able to get their autographs.
Baby Bash

 Nick Cannon
  Paul Wall

It was a great experience and I can't wait for the next Jam Session to return.