Corrections and Backpedaling
I've been sloppy lately. It seems like I have to make some corrections and retractions.
1. Dodger Stadium renovations update. A Dodgers spokesman contacted me today and emphasized that in order to widen concourses and add seating areas for fans in wheelchairs, seats will not be removed from the Top Deck section. The last two to four rows will be removed from the pricier Reserve, Loge and Field levels to widen their concourses. They also reiterated that no decisions have been made on where to place the remaining seats.
In summation the cheapest seats in the Stadium, the Pavilion and Top Deck, will not have their seating reduced. So we (I) can calm down about that. Now we can focus on why the hell they signed JP Howell.
2. The Lakers will be okay. Consider this me starting to back pedal on this assertion. I have based this on the Lakers 2002-03 season which they started 12-19 before making a push to a 50-32 record and into the playoffs. Hell, they had to play Samaki Walker, Slava Medvedenko and Devean George in the starting lineup at times. I figured this year's team was also riddled with injuries, but they were in a better place in the standings at this point than they were 10 years ago.
Things aren't looking so hot for the Lakers.
They lose Dwight Howard with a torn labrum and Pau Gasol with a concussion the same day. And to make matters worse, they lost their backup big man Jordan Hill with a hip injury before going on a back-to-back Texas two-step in Houston and San Antonio. After being blown out in Houston 125-112 on Tuesday, the Lakers came back to make it close in San Antonio but lost nonetheless 108-105.
The Lakers are now in a five-game losing streak, a season high, and things don't look to be any easier with a game at home against the Oklahoma City Thunder on Friday and Miami Heat next Thursday.
The Lakers are now 15-20 matching their record in 2002-03. However in that season Shaquille O'Neal was already in the lineup and starting to work himself into shape at this point.
Now you see why I'm starting to back pedal like crazy.
3. The Clippers ... Okay. The Clippers have exceeded all of our expectations this season, and except losing the first two games in 2013 they haven't really strayed very far from their winning ways. So no corrections here.
It looked like the Clippers were rusty after three days off trailing by as many as 10 points to the Dallas Mavericks in the third quarter. But Chris Paul took control of the game and held off the Mavs for the 99-93 win. Oh, and the Clippers have the best record in the NBA with a 28-8 record.
For all the fuck ups I've made, I can't wait to see how much I fuck up the upcoming Kings season. One thing is true. The Kings will have a televised press conference tomorrow at 4 p.m. to kick off the season.