Basketball-wise, he wanted the Lakers to play an up-tempo, high-offense brand of basketball. Specifically, he wanted his games to feel like the ones played between the Trojans and Bruins at the college level.
Those Lakers would go on to be known as Showtime, winning a total of five NBA titles while putting on the most entertaining show in basketball in the process.
It’s a reach to say that college basketball in Los Angeles will ever return to the consistent levels of excitement that pre-dated and inspired those Laker teams, but we could be in the first stages of something close.
UCLA doesn’t play slow anymore. In fact, no team in the country plays at a more efficient and fast pace than the Bruins do.
On the other side of town is USC, a team with far less tradition but a future that is nearly as bright.
If the Golden Bears knock off Oregon in tonight’s first Pac-12 semifinal, they’ll double their Top 50 win total (currently one, against seven defeats). But a Princeton win in the inaugural Ivy League tournament might end up adding another, as the Tigers currently rank 53rd. Of course, with a win tonight, Cal will be able to add yet another in the final in Las Vegas, though a victory in that game would end all bubble talk.
Thanks to a 6-8 record away from Berkeley and 6-11 Top 100 record, a lack of bad losses is the best thing on the Golden Bears’ profile at the moment. And that’s why the need to keep on winning.
The team claims it’s losing tens of millions of dollars on the franchise each year and blames Glendale for it.
It sure does. Consider the fact the Coyotes have failed to make the playoffs in eight of the last 11 seasons. No wonder the senate bill doesn’t have much support behind it from lawmakers or taxpayers.