FROM Bill Plaschke
What does trading Blake Griffin mean for the Clippers? There have been a lot of slam dunks since the Clippers picked Blake Griffin in the 2009 NBA draft. Last summer, the Clippers made Griffin their franchise player with a five-year, $171 million deal. In a big Staples Center ceremony, they introduced him as a “Clipper for Life.” But those days are over. Griffin has been traded and is now a Detroit Piston.
After shoplifting in China, UCLA basketball players are suspended from the team UCLA Bruins LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill, and Cody Riley are back from China. The university held a press conference yesterday in which the three freshmen apologized for shoplifting from stores near their hotel.
Lying USC Football Star Fools the Media USC is trying to dial back an embarrassing story today. Football player Josh Shaw is suspended indefinitely after admitting he made up a story about being a hero. He showed up for practice this week with two injured ankles. He told his coaches he jumped down from a second-story balcony to rescue his 7-year-old nephew who was struggling in a swimming pool. USC’s athletic department ran with the story, and so did the media. Now Shaw admits that he made the story up, and it’s unclear exactly what did occur over the weekend.
Phil Jackson The hits keep on coming for the LA Lakers. Kobe Bryant’s knee isn’t healing quickly enough, so he won’t be flying in to save the season. And now Phil Jackson is heading to a job in the front office... of the New York Knicks!
Jamie McCourt's Win on Round One The agreement saying that Frank McCourt owns the Dodgers was thrown out yesterday in Superior Court, leaving him co-owner with ex-wife Jamie. Since they never want to do business together again, does that mean a sale is in store? David Boies, says, maybe Frank will sell out to Jamie. Boies is her lawyer. We hear more from LA Times sports columnist Bill Plaschke and law student Josh Fisher, a long-time Dodger fan and blogger at DodgerDivorce.com .
Trump says goodbye Paris Accord: What does it mean for U.S. and the planet? President Donald Trump announced Thursday that the U.S. will withdraw from the Paris Climate Accord, the landmark international agreement to limit greenhouse gas emissions. Trump was to renegotiate a new deal, but will that happen?
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?