It broke my heart to read that Reggie Bush has been released by the Detroit Lions. Where have the years gone? It seems like only yesterday that Reggie was scoring touchdowns for USC, with his awesome combination of speed, acceleration, and elusiveness. This just can’t be happening to Reggie! He was so special. He had won the Heisman Trophy, but the NCAA required him to return it. I also believe that he is persona non grata at USC. While he was there, he made many millions of dollars for them. He left USC without graduating. If he wishes to return to school there, I hope that they will be gracious enough to encourage and to assist him. Trojans all over the world will never forget him.
If his career in the NFL is over, and if USC does not reach out to him, I hope that Marcus Allen and other famous Trojans will persuade USC to help him. Regrettably, most of today’s superstar athletes do not have college degrees. They may have learned as much as those who do. However, they cannot pursue a coaching career in high school, or in college without a degree. Getting a degree in anything related to Athletics, is mainly a matter of just showing up. It is not necessary to solve any mathematical equations.
Please count me among those who enjoyed watching Kobe Bryant play basketball. However, his boorish behavior off the court was, in my view, very distasteful, and ill advised. I did not watch his television performance last week, since the comments made it sound as if he was sending a “Love Letter to Himself.” When he can no longer play basketball, he will have to learn some manners and develop some social skills in order to have any semblance of a normal life. A local predecessor of his, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was also extremely arrogant, when he was having successful careers at UCLA, and later with the Lakers. He has spent the last few years trying to develop social skills that would allow him to ﬁ t into society. That has not been easy for him, because some people will not forgive him, for his previous behavior.
The high-scoring Golden State Warriors will meet the Los Angeles Clippers this coming Sunday. With their spectacular play , Seth Curry and Klay Thompson have become two of the most exciting players in the NBA. They are now known as, “The Splash Brothers” because of their propensity for making three-point baskets. They have fun while they are doing it, and they make it look easy. They did have a little hitch and they got along last Sunday, when they met King James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. It was a case of youth and ambition versus age and Experience. King James took them to the woodshed.
This contest between the Warriors and the Clippers will be one of the most exciting games of the season, so far. When the Warriors are hot, they are unstoppable. When the Clippers are getting most of the rebounds, they usually win. Since the game will be in Oakland, I am predicting that the Warriors will win.
Lakers head coach Byron Scott was one of my favorites when he played in the NBA, and he still is now that he is a coach. I think that he is doing a great job of coaching this young team. However, I would advise him to not continue to single out players for public criticism. It serves no purpose, since it does not help them. Also, they are not allowed to publicly criticize him.