Category Archives: Lakers

The Martin Johnson Blog Network

I write…a lot. I write about music, mostly jazz. I write about sports, mostly basketball (though drill down deep enough here and you’ll find a late 2014 piece that correctly called the rise of the Chicago Cubs). I write about … Continue reading

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Bullish 03.02.17: What If

Bullish 03.02.17: The Ultimate NBA Counterfactual Bullish is an attempt to parse the narrative of the Chicago Bulls season.  In most seasons, it’s pretty obvious (recently the narrative centered on the health and ability of Derrick Rose), this season is … Continue reading

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Sports: Are the Mavericks a Dark Horse?

At the start of the calendar year, the big question in the NBA Western Conference was whether a perennial playoff team that added a highly regarded interior player and a coveted free agent guard in the offseason could overcome their … Continue reading

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Sports: Maybe There is Gold in Them Thar Hills

Has a 15 game winning streak ever flown further under the radar than the current hot stretch by the Denver Nuggets? There would appear to be two logical reasons for the Nuggets obscurity.  For one, there is a much more … Continue reading

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Five Predictions for the Upcoming NBA Season

1. The Lakers won’t be a superteam (unless you count the ’10-’11 version of the Miami Heat as a superteam).  The Lakers will be very good and very scary by the end of the season, but a superteam (as in … Continue reading

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Sports: Nash to the Lakers

I’ve been surprised by the banner headline level attention give to the trade of Phoenix Suns point guard to the Los Angeles Lakers.  On the one hand, it shows that even in middle age, I’m prone to naivete; the pairing … Continue reading

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Sports: Kobe, I’ll Take That Bet

After his Los Angeles Lakers were eliminated from the NBA Playoffs by the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday evening, Kobe Bryant told reporters that he’d bet his house versus theirs that he would win another title.   Mr. Bryant, I’ll … Continue reading

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