Back in Full Effect

I want to apologize to all of my devoted readers of the SoCal Sports Junkies, for the EXTREMELY long and unnecessary lay off from my blog.  I have probably let a lot of people down by not bringing the best sports news Southern California has to offer to their daily lives.  For that I am sorry.  I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me and once again entrench yourself in the extensive knowledge this blog brings you.

On a different note I am restructuring the way this “sports stop” operates.  I will no longer waste my time on pointless posts about teams that mean absolutely nothing to me, or to my SoCalifornians.  So I am keeping my information strictly to my Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Dodgers, and some local college information.  Since I am a hometown fan, and LA does not have an NFL team………yet, I will bring you broad information on that department. 

So without any further adu I am glad to be back, and lets get started.  ENJOY!!!!!

 

 

Copyright 2009 – E. Mendez

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Into Round 2 and STILL Looking Strong

After a complete blowout sweep of the Denver Nuggets, the Los Angeles Lakers faced a much tougher opponent in round 2.  The Utah Jazz play a very physical game, and are coming off a FANTASTIC year at home.  Playing in Utah’s house is not an easy task, so I have to admit that we CAN’T lose a game at home.  Well I can’t really say CAN’T, but it would definitely make it better.  The saving grace to this is the fact that the Lakers were one of 4 teams this season to pull off a win a the Jazz’ home floor.  Another saving grace is the fact that the Lakers are poised for a championship run. Continue reading

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#1 Seed Again!

It has been about 4 years since the last time the Los Angeles Lakers were the #1 seed entering the playoffs.  Not only did they secure home court advantage, and an almost assured trip to round 2, but they pretty much secured the MVP for Kobe Bryant.  This will be the first time in his career that he wins it.  Yes I know, it is hard to believe.  So welcome to the 2008 NBA Playoffs. Continue reading

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Congrats to the Kansas Jayhawks!

What a game it was last night.  This game was a back and forth battle all the way to the final buzzer.  Memphis was obviously the heavy favorite, but in the end Kansas was the stronger team.  The final score was 75-68 in favor of Kansas, and was decided in overtime.  This marks the first championship title for Kansas since 1988, with Danny Manning leading the way.  Exactly 20 years ago…….weird. Continue reading

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MVP?

Let me start by saying this, you could make an argument for any of the players involved in the MVP consideration. Kobe, CP3, Lebron, KG.

Kobe Bryant, Kevin Garnett, Lebron James, Chris Paul

I think Lebron is removed because his team is just not good enough in a weak eastern conference. They are guaranteed to not even win 50 games in that same eastern conference. He’s got great personal numbers but much like Kobe’s 04-05 season.The Celtics are still a top 4 team in the east without KG and when he went down earlier, they were still winning. His numbers are not even close to MVP numbers and they are below his career averages. Continue reading

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Suite Seats at Staples Center

I’m coming to you with this post a little late.  I attended the Lakers game last Wednesday against Charlotte.  After that I left for the weekend and went to the desert.  So here I am today with my recap.  My wifey’s dad got us tickets from a vendor that we in the AIG suite. Continue reading

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Kobe Bryant Wins MVP?


This is definitely a question that many people are asking themselves these days.  Could this FINALLY  be the year that Kobe wins the only individual achievement he hasn’t won yet.  Noticed how I said won instead of earned?  I personally think Kobe should have already wrapped up one MVP award by now.  I always thought that the definition of an MVP was, the most valuable player in the league to their respected teams.  Meaning which player in the league does the absolute most for their team.  If this was followed, opposed to the best player on the best team concept, Kobe would have won at least one already.  Imagine taking Kobe off of the Lakers the last couple of years, and replacing him with…..hmmm lets say reigning MVP Dirk Nowitzki.  Would the Lakers have made the playoffs last year?  I think not.  They would have been a lottery team.  Put Tim Duncan on the Lakers last year and see if they make the playoffs.  They wouldn’t.  Now lets say take Dirk off of the Mavericks last year and replace him with Vince Carter.  Do they still make the playoffs?  Do they miss a beat without Dirk?  No they don’t, because any big man with shooting ability can be a Dirk.  It doesnt’ matter who you try to replace Kobe with, he can’t be matched.  Not even with LeBron.  The Lakers would still be a lottery team.  So does Kobe have a chance at winning MVP finally? Continue reading

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