The Lakers held LeBron James in check Monday night and beat a strong Cleveland ballclub by 17 points.
Los Angeles avoided its first three-game losing streak of the season.
Kobe Bryant dislocated the ring finger on his shooting hand in the early minutes. The team trainer popped it back into place, and Kobe played the rest of the game and scored 20 points.
Anyone who doubts Kobe’s toughness should watch video of that game. He’s one of the top five competitors in sports — perhaps trailing only Tiger Woods in that category.
Just 10 days remain before I get to see my beloved Lakers in person at Minneapolis.
No, I can’t wait.
The Dodgers signed Jon Broxton and Russell Martin to contracts yesterday, avoiding what could have been ugly arbitration hearings.
I’d like to see them lock up Martin to a multi-year deal soon. He’s the best all-around catcher in baseball, and the straw that stirs the Dodgers’ drink.
Brox is likely to be the Dodgers’ closer this season, unless they sign a free agent or make a trade before April. He’s best suited in the eighth-inning role, but I’m sure he’d do fine in the ninth inning after he gets used to it.
I’ve observed that closers usually need a month or more to really get comfortable with the role.
I tend to avoid politics on this blog, but with the inauguration yesterday, I’d be remiss if I didn’t write anything.
A lot of people say they would prefer to have a president (or a congressman, or a governor) who “talks like a regular guy.” Those folks says they want their politicians to keep the rhetoric at a sixth-grade level. Anything more advanced than that comes across as “snobbish.”
I’m in the other camp. I want my prez to sound a LOT smarter than me. I want my prez to talk like he studied English and history at an Ivy League school. I want my prez to be able to turn a phrase and use big words in a sentence.
Barack Obama obviously fits that description. You can tell just by listening to him that he’s probably going to have more intellectual ability than 95 percent of the world leaders he sits down with.
Bill Clinton was the same way. Extremely smart guy and a terrific speaker.
Ronald Reagan could deliver a speech with the best of them, thus earning the nickname “The Great Communicator.” He honed his trade in Hollywood, not Harvard.
John McCain keeps his language fairly simple, but he speaks authoritatively on all the issues. A few decades in the Senate will do that for you. He would have been a good representative for our country on the international stage.
I know I’m leaving out a lot of great speakers in both parties, but Obama/Reagan/Clinton are the first ones I always think of.
If Bush II gets bored in his post-White House life, I think he should consider becoming commissioner of baseball. He would be great at that job.
He understands business, and he absolutely loves baseball.
Baseball needs a commish who respects the integrity of the game and can stand up to the powerful players’ union. Bush fits that description better than anyone.