It’s All Opinions Day
They’re only opinions, but at least they’re all mine:
I understand all the excitement about a new football stadium in downtown L.A., but will somebody please tell me where 60,000 people are expected to park . . .
So Mitch Kupchak is open to a trade, huh? You would be, too, after watching Ron Artest grow old before your eyes . . .
It is still difficult to understand how the Angels didn’t get the obviously desperate Blue Jays to pick up more than $5 million on Vernon Wells’ overblown contact . . .
I covered 30 Super Bowls as a newspaperman, and I can honestly say I didn’t miss this Media Day. The thing truly has grown into a circus . . .
And what about those 18-degree temperatures in Dallas? Not exactly San Diego or Miami Beach, is it? . . .
By the time you read this, five-star recruit DeAnthony Thomas probably will have announced where he’ll be playing football next season. If it’s USC, it will top off a surprisingly strong recruiting class under the circumstances. If it’s Oregon, some of the shine will come off an otherwise great Trojans’ effort . . .
That was a signature win for Steve Lavin and his unranked St. John’s team the other night, blasting highly-rated Duke at Madison Square Garden. I’m happy for Lavin, who wasn’t fully ready to be a head coach when he was at UCLA. Maybe he’s ready now . . .
So when will Lavin and his Redmen play UCLA in an intriguing little match at Pauley Pavilion on Saturday? At the ridiculous hour of 10 a.m. Anything to please the network TV suits . . .
After bigtime quarterback Brett Hudley, UCLA’s recruiting haul appears to be embarrassingly shallow . . .
Yes, that was Andrew Bynum sitting out again with a sore something or other on Tuesday night. Seems like he and the Clips’ Chris Kaman
share the same pain threshold . . .
Speaking of Kaman, he now seems like a natural to get traded, considering the way young DeAndre Jordan has improved . . .
When Phil Jackson’s excuse is: “It’s not the playoffs yet,” it’s no wonder the Lakers have trouble getting up for regular season games . . .
The Steelers keep saying Maurkice Pouncey, their excellent rookie center, has a shot to play in the Super Bowl. But considering his severe high ankle sprain has him on crutches and there is a broken bone in there, as well, it’s difficult to see how that can happen . . .
USC vs. UCLA Wednesday night at Pauley. As much as I try, it’s difficult to get too excited about it . . .
But then, it’s difficult to get excited about anything in college basketball this season. The one-and-done rule has taken most of the fun out of the game . . .
Most Improved Player in the NBA: My vote goes to Tyson Chandler, who single-handedly has made the Dallas Mavericks serious contenders again . . .
People laughed early in the season when I suggested Blake Griffin and the Clippers were more fun to watch than the Lakers. They’re not laughing anymore . . .
— STEVE BISHEFF