Letters to Sport: Readers join in lamenting the Lakers’ plight

Bill Plaschke’s article revealed more about Jeanie Buss than I expected. Still, he also revealed exactly what I expected. Misleading and misdirected loyalty to Rob Pelinka, Magic Johnson, LeBron James, the firing of Mitch Kupchak, and the reckless trade of Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Kyle Kuzma, et al.

Jeanie Buss insists that, regarding LeBron, “I want him to feel confident in the team, that we have the pieces to win a championship. He must be happy … I want to make sure he is happy. “

The Lakers have become my team (LeBron), not us.

Phil Jackson is the only apparent “proven” advisor added to the revised Lakers. Jerry West was overlooked.

The new Lakers manager must be in complete control. LeBron does not need to be positioned.

Erne Garcia


Maybe if Linda Rambis was making basketball decisions, the Lakers wouldn’t be in this mess.

Loren Coleman
western hollywood


Reading the apparent devastating financial situation Jeanie Buss finds herself in as Lakers boss, I really hope Plaschke had the courtesy to buy lunch.

Marty Zweben
Estates of Palos Verdes


With contributions from Rob Pelinka, Kurt Rambis, LeBron James, Magic Johnson and Phil Jackson, it’s as if the Lakers were designed by a committee. We all remember what a camel is. A horse drawn by a committee.

Vaughn Hardenberg


Thank you Mr. Plaschke for sending a subliminal message to the owner of the Lakers.

What do you do when you suffer? Call the doctor: Doc Rivers. With the Lakers roster, fans and Doc, it’s a dunk for next season.

Patrick Kelly
Los Angeles

Dilemma of inequality

With all due respect, Ms. Colas is wrong. Not on the wage difference between the wages of women and men in the world of sports. There is no doubt. What is at issue is why and the answer is simple. The money flows into the sports and athletes that the public cares about and will pay to watch them. Simple as that. Former Lakers star and Sparks manager Michael Cooper said this week that the product on the floor needs to be better. The quality of the product currently means that games are placed right after Cornhole on ESPN2.

Jeff Heister


I’ve long been a Brittney Griner fan since her college days at Baylor. But to say that “economic disparity” is somehow to blame for her detention in Russia, and that “we must acknowledge our shared responsibility” for that, she is turning a bridge too far. Women’s game will never raise Steph Curry bucks for her stars; this is just a fact. Yet BG’s salary for a year and a half of work places her in the top 5% of US wage earners, not counting accessories. The idea that she is therefore forced to play for the highest paying teams is ridiculous, it is a choice of her manager.

Meanwhile, the lowest-paying WNBA player earns ten thousand more than a starting teacher at LA Unified, who gets no sponsorships, no shoe contracts, no color analyst jobs pending at ESPN. We are short of 15,000 teachers in California, but there is no shortage of circles.

Mitch Heaven
Los Angeles

Managerial style

What a difference in management styles between Dave Roberts and Joe Maddon when it comes to managing their pitchers. The Dodgers manager takes out one of their best pitchers of all time, who is close to pitching a perfect match, because the pitch count was increasing and he didn’t want to over-stretch his pitcher, but rather have him cooler by the end of the season. season and the playoffs. On the other hand, the Angels manager stayed with his young pitcher, who was pitching a no-hitter but had never pitched more than six innings in any of his major league beginnings. Reid Detmer ended up throwing 108 pitches and completing the no-hitter, much to the delight and excitement of the 39,313 fans in attendance and those watching on television.

Dennis Lifton


Previously, I thought Joe Maddon was the best coach in baseball, but when he failed to take out Detmers in the seventh inning and allowed him to complete a no-hitter, I realized he has a second-year understanding of the game.

David Waldowski
Bosco di Laguna

respect for fast golf

As a devoted speed golf player, it was encouraging to see some coverage in the Times. Unfortunately, the great Rick Reilly has gone too far with lame anti-fitness cliché humor to sideline an incredibly impressive and legitimate sport. The best players in the world shoot below average on championship courses in around 40 minutes. All golfers can take advantage of Speedgolf’s features that eliminate excessive harmful deliberation and the huge problem of slow play. Hopefully, readers can sift through the silly jokes and create their own fastest playing experience by cutting down on unnecessary formalities (14 clubs for a handicap of 28 ?!) and getting some training on the golf course.

Brad Kearns
Stateline, Nev.

Make it back

Amid all the hype about Anthony Rendon’s left-handed homer, has anyone noticed he’s hitting under .200 for the season? Last year, in his often injured first year with the Angels, he hit .240. Don’t ask me to calculate the return on investment for his $ 36 million contract.

Ralph Martinez

Not that powerful

The Kings are a brave hockey team, but their power play is so weak that, if hockey were like football, they might seriously consider turning down the opponent’s penalty.

J. Peter Rich
Los Angeles

Mater Dei mess

It now appears that Ukraine is the second most dangerous place in the world, right after the Mater Dei High locker room.

Doug Thomson
Western Los Angeles


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