It’s All Opinions Day
They’re only opinions, but at least they’re all mine:
Is it just me, or does it seem strange to hear Phil Jackson continue to rant about the Lakers’ lack of effort? I thought a big part of his job was motivating his guys to play hard . . .
Actually, the Lakers have only two real problems at the moment: 1. They’re tired. 2. They’re bored . . .
The big danger for Kobe and Co. is to finish with a record poor enough to force them to play not one, but two Western Conference playoff series against teams with a home court advantage . . .
Don’t let the Angels kid you. If Kendry Morales isn’t ready to play on opening day, it is a VERY big deal . . .
Jerry West is right. Elgin Baylor deserves to have a statue built right next to his in front of Staples Center. Together, Elgin and Jerry defined pro basketball in L.A. . . .
Bud Selig never would admit it, but he has to be thrilled the upcoming NFL lockout will drone on throughout the summer . . .
I know some football people are panicking about the lockout lasting until a quarter or half of the 2011 season, but I can’t believe the TV networks, among others, would stand by idly and allow those billions of dollars to float down the drain . . .
Oldtime Rams fans should be sad to hear that Ollie Matson, one of the great athletes in the town’s history, has been placed in hospice, struggling after a long illness. The Rams traded nine players for Matson in 1959, and although he was never as great in L.A. as he was in Chicago, anyone who saw him in his prime knows Matson was a true superstar . . .
I can understand some NFL scouts swooning over Cam Newton. Physically, this guy is a bigger, stronger Michael Vick . . .
Speaking of draft eligible quarterbacks, I think some team will get a steal in the third or fourth round picking TCU’s Andy Dalton. The kid can play . . .
How great would it be for San Diego State to land a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament? Probably won’t happen, but Steve Fisher’s Aztecs should at least get a No. 2 . . .
I don’t think UCLA is solid enough to sweep Stanford and Cal on the road this week, but if the Bruins somehow pulled it off, their Feb. 26 home game against first place Arizona would be very interesting . . .
USC football fans, already counting the days until spring practice, will be eager to find out which of the early enrolled freshman quarterbacks, Cody Kessler or Max Wittek, becomes the heir apparent to Matt Barkley . . .
The Trojan freshman likely to have the biggest impact in 2011 doesn’t arrive until the fall. That’s George Farmer, the flashy wide receiver from Serra High, the same school as Robert Woods . . .
Saw a clip of Giants third baseman Pablo Sandoval on TV the other day, and I was stunned. He looks like he’s lost about 100 pounds. If he returns to his 2009 form, San Francisco just might get back to the World Series . . .
I was happy to see Marshall Faulk get elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame a few weeks ago. In the category of great running backs who are also adept at catching the ball, Faulk rates right there with Bobby Mitchell, Roger Craig, Marcus Allen and Lenny Moore as the finest I’ve ever seen . . .
What will be more interesting, watching what Blake Griffin comes up with in the dunk contest or the actual NBA All-Star Game? Don’t know about you, but I go with Blake . . .
Get ready, those potential mind-boggling free agent numbers for Albert Pujols will start getting thrown around any minute now . . .
— STEVE BISHEFF