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Black news from Pasadena - Sports - Byron Scott and moreBlack news from Pasadena - Sports - Byron Scott and moreCongratulations and condolences to new Lakers head coach, Byron Scott. The only thing good about this job right now is the salary. Other than that, you have a big mess on your hands. This is a team with just a minimal amount of talent, except for Kobe Bryant. If his most recent injury does not keep him from playing, then you can count on him to play well, because that is who he is and what he does. No one knows if his body will hold up for one more season, let alone two. He misses playing, and he is eager to get back on the floor. However, even he does not know how long he will be able to push back against Father Time.

This is a team that has been built by spare parts and random pieces, and it may not fit together. However, this is what you have been dealt, and you will have to make the most of it. Jim Buss is the new owner of the Lakers, and he has not gotten off to an auspicious start. He hired Mike Brown; fired him and then hired Mike D'Antoni, and then also fired him. So, these two hirings and firings and lead to the inescapable conclusion that Buss not yet an expert, at what he is trying to do, Kobe Bryant has pledged his support to you, and there can be no doubt of his sincerity. However, you must remember that this great star is an even greater Diva. Diva's feel entitled to special considerations and privileges. Ordinary people can offend a Diva unintentionally, and possibly without even knowing it. When that happens, someone would have to pay, and in this case the someone will likely be you. A certain irritant to Bryant is someone on your team, who refers to himself as "Swaggy P." I am not sure what that is, but I strongly suspect that Bryant will not be amused. So, good luck with that.

An added bit of pressure, as if you needed more, is that the Clippers are likely to contend for the NBA Championship. So, you will have to live with those comparisons. Mr. Scott, I think that you are not only the right man position, but the very best one as well. If you can survive these first two years of incredible turbulence, then you are likely to be the head coach of the Lakers for at least 10 more years. I wish Good Fortune to you, Sir. You will need it!

The Angels and the Dodgers are reminding us of just how exciting baseball can be. The NBA gave us some exciting basketball games, and then the World Soccer Cup took center stage. The Spurs reminded us and the Heat that basketball is a team sport. In spite of myself, I became somewhat fascinated with Soccer, even though they rarely score. I did not see that coming. These Home teams have, in my opinion, more talent than the San Francisco Giants, and the Oakland Athletics. However, I have the distinct impression that those teams are better managed, and that they are more resourceful in the way that they play the games.

It is almost time for college football. I predict that UCLA will earn a spot in the Championship Series, and that this team may even become Champions of the World! Good luck Bruins, you are our best hope.

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