It’s All Opinions Day
They’re only opinions, but at least they’re all mine:
This is why great teams win: Andrew Bynum is still out, so you ask Lamar Odom to step up, and all he does is score 29 with 16 rebounds to help Phil Jackson’s guys outlast the Suns in triple overtime . . .
The Angels are trying to play it down, but Kendrys Morales’ latest foot setback, making his return to the lineup indefinite, is a huge early blow for Mike Scioscia’s club . . .
Now they have to throw Mark Trumbo in at first base, whether he is ready or not. He’s looked good in the spring, but everything changes when they start playing games for real . . .
The West NCAA Regional that starts Thursday in Anaheim is easily the most appealing of the four. San Diego State vs. UConn and Duke vs. Arizona are both terrific match ups . . .
We want Jimmer! We want Jimmer! In the Final Four, that is . . .
Put the Dodgers and Angels rosters together, and you’d still have trouble finding a quality, every-day third baseman . . .
Tim Salmon, working as a color radio broadcaster this spring, comes off relaxed and entertaining for someone just breaking in. Of course, I’m probably a bit biased, considering Salmon was one of the all-time classy athletes with the media . . .
USC already had a ton of injuries, so it had to hurt when starting tailback Marc Tyler limped off with a hamstring injury on the first day of spring practice . . .
If nothing else, it will allow Coach Lane Kiffin to get a long look at redshirt sophomore tailback D.J. Morgan, who is one of the two fastest players on the team . . .
Kiffin’s candid quote on whether the Trojans’ defense will be better in 2011: “It would be hard to be worse.” . . .
If I’m UCLA’s Tyler Honeycutt, I come back for another year with a chance to be an All American on a team that should be rated in the preseason Top 10 . . .
Now the Spurs’ Tim Duncan goes down indefinitely with a badly sprained ankle. Does it seem like everything is going right for the Lakers lately, or what? . . .
Has top-seeded Ohio State even had to take a deep breath yet in the NCAA Tournament? Doesn’t seem like it . . .
Wonder how much pressure Pete Carroll will be under in Seattle to draft hometown favorite Jake Locker at quarterback? . . .
If it wasn’t for all the money they owe him, Scott Kazmir would have about as much chance of making the Angels’ rotation this spring as you would . . .
My college basketball player of the year ballot reads like this: 1. Jimmer Fredette, BYU. 2. Kemba Walker, UConn. 3. Jared Sullinger, Ohio State . . .
Dodgers fans already are hoping that Don Mattingly doesn’t overwork the bullpen the way Joe Torre often did . . .
So Barry Bonds says he didn’t know he was taking steroids, huh? I guess when he looked in the mirror and saw that his head had doubled in size, it just wasn’t a good enough clue . . .
— STEVE BISHEFF