It’s All Opinions Day
They’re only opinions, but at least they’re all mine:
Talk to me about the Lakers being back to their old championship selves when Andrew Bynum has two big defensive games in a row . . .
The best thing about the Carmelo Anthony trade is that it was finally consummated. The speculation leading up to it was more over the top than the latest Justin Bieber sighting . . .
The NBA should be happy. It’s a better league when there is a good team in New York . . .
Arizona’s Derrick Williams already has locked up Pac-10 Player of the Year. A few more games like that one against Washington, and he might start getting some national player of the year consideration, as well . . .
Andre Ethier and Matt Kemp can say all they want. They’d both be better with a big, proven bat between them in the Dodgers’ lineup. You know, the way old whathizname was for a while . . .
Derek Jeter has five championship rings and is about to marry Minka Kelly. Why should he worry about what anyone says about him? . . .
The Yankees should be less concerned with Jeter and more nervous about a pitching rotation with three major question marks in it . . .
They can say Heisman winner Cam Newton is moving up the NFL draft lists all they want. A guy who never has played straight drop back quarterback before is always a risk . . .
Nobody has ever explained to me why the Angels never tried to mold Peter Bourjos into a leadoff type hitter . . .
By the way, I’m not buying into all the “new Scott Kazmir” gushing in Arizona. After the way he pitched last year, he’s not convincing me that easily . . .
I love the understated way Kevin Durant plays . . .
Albert Pujols is clearly, 100 per cent the best player in baseball. So what do they expect him to take, less money than somebody else? . . .
Here’s what the NFL and NBA should remember in coming months: All that lockout talk is REALLY boring . . .
Bob Baffert might have the fastest 3-year-old on the planet in a sizzler named The Factor at Santa Anita. Only problem is he doesn’t look like he can go anywhere close to the 11/4-mile distance of the Kentucky Derby . . .
I still can’t get over that effort Cal’s Jorge Gutierriez gave against UCLA on Sunday. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen anyone play that hard, or that well, every second out there . . .
By the way, did anyone notice the LA Times sports section failed to run even a small game story on USC’s victory over Stanford? Readers were referred to its internet site. Shameful . . .
You still have to set the snooze alarm every time there is a golf tournament without Tiger Woods in it . . .
— STEVE BISHEFF