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 .
George Saunders: Lincoln in the Bardo (Part I) Lincoln in the Bardo dramatizes a grieving President Lincoln as he visits the grave of his beloved son Willie, who died at age eleven. In the novel, the buried dead believe they're not dead -- "they're sick and refer to their coffins as "sick boxes."
Hua Hsu: A Floating Chinaman Author Hua Hsu stops by to discuss his book A Floating Chinaman, recounting the life of 1930's actor/writer H.T. Tsiang and his struggles entering the American literary world.
Industry insights and lessons learned from memorable guests We have interesting guests on The Business, and sometimes our conversations are too long to fit into one show. This week we give you stories that were too good to leave on the cutting room floor, including some sharp insights on making it in the industry from David Mandel, David Simon, Shawn Levy and Matt Reeves.
In 'Speechless,' Scott Silveri combines comedy, family & disability Scott Silveri has written and produced sitcoms for more than 20 years. In all that time, he never encountered a TV family that looked anything like the one he grew up in -- with a mom, a dad...and a brother with cerebral palsy. He changed that with his show Speechless on ABC. Silveri tells us about looking to his own past for stories, and why he was determined to make a family comedy and not just a "disability show."