Road to Revival: Salvaging the failed Westbrook Experiment

After the Lakers were defeated in their season opener against the Golden State Warriors in late October, I wrote in my first column of the season, “At the end of the day, the Lakeshow still houses two basketball unicorns — I think they’ll be just fine.” The Lakers were far from “just fine.” I was […]

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Road to Revival: LeBron’s most underrated weakness is decimating the Lakers

LeBron James all but confirmed that the Los Angeles Lakers season was over Tuesday night as his Lakers fell to 3-7 in their last 10 games, and ninth in the Western Conference. He didn’t say it with his words, but, instead, with his actions. He even gave the media the common professional athlete vernacular, assuring […]

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Most memorable USC v Arizona men’s basketball games

Former USC guard Elijah Weaver dribbles up the court during a game against Arizona 2019. (Tucker Judkins | Daily Trojan file photo) No. 16 USC holds an all-time record of 17-36 against Arizona since 1996. With Head Coach Andy Enfield’s squad facing the No. 2 ranked Wildcats on Tuesday, let’s look at five memorable matchups […]

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Road to Revival: Here’s how the Lakers salvage their season

The reeling Los Angeles Lakers, currently sitting ninth seed in the Western Conference, did not make a single move before the NBA trade deadline on Feb. 10. But after an offseason of swings and misses from General Manager Rob Pelinka, he finally got it right — doing nothing was the best option.  The Lakers were […]

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Road to Revival: It’s time to hold LeBron James accountable

If I have to watch Los Angeles Lakers guard Russell Westbrook clank a midrange bank shot off the top of the backboard again, I might have to pick a new team as the focus of my column.  The Lakers have played some of the ugliest basketball ever displayed by a LeBron James-led team en route […]

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Trojans in NFL excel in the final weeks

Michael Pittman Jr. put up his first 1000 receiving yard season in his sophomore year, becoming the first Indianapolis Colts player to do so since 2018. He has 128 career receptions with just four drops. (Sarah Ko | Daily Trojan file photo) Prior to wild-card weekend, 12 former Trojans contended to wear a Super Bowl […]

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Scouting report: Three UCLA players to watch

Junior running back Zach Charbonnet carries the ball during a UCLA game. Charbonnet has 864 total rushing yards this season, the highest total of his collegiate career. (Christine Kao/Daily Bruin staff) Rivalry week is upon us. As the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is host to the 91st edition of USC vs. UCLA, here are some […]

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Road to Revival: Carmelo Anthony’s play elevates the Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers forward Carmelo Anthony was out of a job just two years ago.  Yes, Carmelo Anthony.  A 10-time All-Star, the ninth all-time leading scorer in the NBA and a six-time All-NBA selection was not picked up by a single team for an entire year when he was released in 2019 after 10 games […]

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Evan Mobley and DeMar DeRozan lead standout Trojans in NBA

Former Trojan Evan Mobley averages the third-highest points per game with the Cleveland Cavaliers with 13.6. He had 23 points against the Lakers Friday. (Simon Park | Daily Trojan) The NBA possesses a completely different outlook this season. Referees are striking down on foul-baiting; offenses are struggling to score at the high caliber we have […]

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Road To Revival: Even with Russell Westbrook’s poor debut, the Lakers will be just fine

Point guard Russell Westbrook’s final statline in his Los Angeles Lakers debut: 8 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists, 4-13 from the field, 0-4 from the three-point line and 3 turnovers.  The Lakers probably got the worst version of “Westbrick” possible.  During the Lakers season opener against the Golden State Warriors, I wanted to hide my […]

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