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 .
How do Trump supporters feel about the Paris Accord? Globally and around the U.S., there are strong opinions whether or not the Paris Climate Accord is a good idea. The American exit is either a horrifying abdication of American leadership or a forceful and long overdue statement about U.S. sovereignty.
Why is Trump so behind on filling staff jobs, establishing concrete policies? Yesterday Donald Trump signed a “decision memo” to revamp the air traffic control system. But there was little legislative detail in the plan. There’s not much to other splashy announcements from the White House, including tax cuts and the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. And hundreds of positions are unfilled in federal agencies.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.