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Don Coryell Changed The Face Of Pro Football

Don Coryell died Thursday at the age of 85 according to a news release from the San Diego Chargers, the team with which he enjoyed his greatest coaching success. Coryell died at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in suburban La Mesa. The Chargers ... (Continue reading)

2010 NBA Finals, Game 4: Is Kobe Bryant on Rajon Rondo a Series Changer?

It was the first quarter of Game Three of the NBA Finals and the hometown Boston Celtics had the home crowd shouting with boundless glee. The Celtics had jumped out to a lead behind the effective field generalship of point guard ... (Continue reading)

Los Angeles Lakers Score Textbook Win in Phil Jackson Mold

With the recent death of coaching great John Wooden the focus on his blend of molding great players with big game brilliant presentation calls to mind a current coaching master. Wooden as college basketball’s most successful coach amassed 10 NCAA titles ... (Continue reading)

2010 NBA Finals: Lakers and Celtics, Strategy a Huge Factor for Victory

The teams are as uniquely disparate as the cities they represent. The defending NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers are built around the star power of Kobe Bryant, one of the most remarkable athletes to play pro basketball or any other sport. Bryant ... (Continue reading)

Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant, Kick It Up a Notch at Playoff Time

Champions are noted for kicking their game up a notch as the competition intensifies and titles beckon on the horizon. All too often experts and fans jump to early erroneous conclusions.  This is the case with the 2009-2010 edition of the ... (Continue reading)

Pau Gasol: Lakers’ Super Acquisition

If you want to bring a quick smile to the face of Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak, ask him if he recalls what happened February 8, 2008. That turned out to be a red letter day for the fortunes of Los ... (Continue reading)

Kobe Bryant: A Great Facilitator

When you have won more NBA playoff games than any coach in history and have secured dynasties in Chicago and Los Angeles, you have every reason to be coy. When Phil Jackson was asked between the first and second quarters at ... (Continue reading)

The Lakers Strike Back: Never Rile a Giant

The overwhelming Lakers’ 111-87 victory over Oklahoma City in a contest even more overwhelming than the final score indicated was reminiscent of what happened with another Los Angeles team a generation ago. The 1984-1985 team coached by Pat Riley was becoming ... (Continue reading)