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African American news from Pasadena - sports commentary - Magic Johnson, Jacques Vaughn, LeBron James and moreMagic Johnson will always be one of my heroes. However, at this time, his behavior is confusing to me. Earlier this year, his speeches gave many people the impression that he would be spending a lot of time at Dodger Stadium. However, that has not happened. He is still working as a Basketball Television Broadcaster, and he has been giving unsolicited, and possibly unwanted, advice to the Lakers.It has been reported that he owns about 3% of the Dodgers, and 0 percent of the Lakers. Both teams are doing well. However, it appears that Johnson is more concerned about the Lakers. He can do as he pleases, and he does not owe anyone an explanation. However, he does need to remember that he is the one who told everyone that he was going to be involved in all phases of what the Dodgers do.

The Dodgers are now a competitive team, and they had just added Hanley Ramirez to their roster. He is a very talented player, but the management team is keeping their fingers crossed, because he has a reputation of being malcontent and a slacker. Also, did his previous team decide that he had more problems than they could solve?

Jacques Vaughn, who graduated from Muir High School in Pasadena, is the new head basketball coach of the Orlando Magic. After his NBA career, Vaughn was an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs. At the age of 37 years, he is one of the youngest head coaches in the NBA. The general manager of the team is only 30 years old.

This group is unlikely to spend the next year wringing their hands, while they wonder what Dwight Howard, their All-Star Forward plans to do. They are either going to sign him to a contract, or immediately trade him to another team. They seemed to have reached a conclusion that you cannot do anything to satisfy someone, if they do not already know what they want.

By the time you read this, Silas Redd may have decided to become a Trojan. At this moment, he is still a star running back for Penn State. USC Head Coach Lane Kiffin has made an all-out effort to persuade him to come to USC. I do hope that he will be wearing the Cardinal and Gold next season. If, unbelievably, he decides not to come to USC, I do hope that he will not stay where he is now. A number of the higher-ups at Penn State, knowingly protected, and enabled a pedophile for about 20 years. If more than one of them knew about it, then the likelihood is they all did. Sandusky's criminal behavior had to be an open secret to practically everyone in Happy Valley.

If he does not choose to come to USC, it may be because of his perception that the Trojans changed from being Tailback U to Quarterback U. They do have Matt Barkley, and he is a great college quarterback. The school is now obsessed with trying to help him win the Heisman Trophy. Therefore, they are likely to concentrate on throwing the ball more than running it. In addition, USC has a realistic shot at winning the BCS Championship Trophy this season. Whenever a team has plans that extend beyond their next game, they are likely to suffer several upsets. Therefore, USC would be best advised to only concern themselves about the next team they are scheduled to play. If they do well, the future will take care of itself.

Barkley reminds me of Matt Leinart. He won the Heisman Trophy while playing quarterback for the Trojans. He was an accurate passer, but he did not have much arm strength. He was a mediocre athlete, with average speed. To summarize for both of them, they have enough talent to get them to the NFL, but not enough for them to become stars. The USC quarterback previous to Barkley was Mark Sanchez. He is bigger, stronger, and faster than Barkley. He is fighting to retain his job as starting quarterback for the New York Jets. Good luck with that.

LeBron James has kept his game under wraps during the early days of the Olympics. As the competition gets tougher and tougher, James will play harder and harder. He fully intends to win the Gold Medal for basketball. The USA will probably have to go all out to beat Spain. A real tough game will bring out the best in James. At that point, everyone else will need to run for the hills.

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