Letters: LeBron James’ new contract is not a win for Lakers

I can’t imagine I’m saying these phrases, however Invoice Plaschke is 100% appropriate in regards to the Lakers extending LeBron. They’ll keep mediocre for the subsequent two perhaps three years. Any Laker fan who thinks this can be a good thought doesn’t actually wish to win. I’m a longtime fan who watched the ‘80s Lakers and the Shaq-Kobe Lakers compete and win championships. Now we are a sideshow. Sad.

Larry Estis
Oceanside

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With his new contract LeBron James makes more in 15 minutes than I do all year. The astonishing salaries of many professional athletes makes the actual game in which they participate inconsequential. As Bob Dylan said, “I used to care, but things have changed.”

Kevin H. Park
Westlake Village

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Arguably the greatest team owner in sports, Dr. Jerry Buss once had a dilemma. The Lakers had two popular, future hall of famers, and one of them had to go.

He made the correct, not easiest decision, for the best long-term good. He said goodbye to Shaq.

This week we are reminded how much we miss the good doctor.

Jeff Belated
Chatsworth

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I know Bill Plaschke has unconditional love for the late Kobe Bryant and is not so crazy about LeBron James, but to claim that Kobe’s two-year, $48-million contract in 2013-2014 wasn’t as unhealthy as LeBron’s new contract is greater than a bit disingenuous. LeBron has carried the Lakers since he received to L.A. and even received a championship for them in 2020. Kobe performed six video games within the first 12 months of his contract and 35 within the second 12 months. The Lakers received 27 and 21 video games the 2 years of Kobe’s contract and didn’t even make the playoffs once more till LeBron arrived in 2019. If the Lakers have any probability of success this 12 months will probably be due to LeBron, who stays one of many biggest gamers within the league. With out him they’d be fortunate to win 20 video games.

Alvin S. Michaelson
Marina del Rey

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Thanks, Invoice Plaschke, for being “on the ball” relating to LeBron. It’s time to start rebuilding for the longer term. There’s no time to waste on a farewell tour for aged gamers. This consists of the self-proclaimed GOAT LeBron James.

Patrick Kelley
Los Angeles

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I see that the Lakers opened the financial institution to signal LeBron James to a two-year extension. The final time they did it for an ageing celebrity with a fragile physique, was for Kobe Bryant. And you understand how that labored out!

Harris Levey
Venice

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Invoice Plaschke’s column on the LeBron James new contract is correct on the cash. LeBron will play much less and fewer and the workforce shall be disadvantaged of including two superstars over the subsequent 12 months because it staggers by way of his contract.

The Lakers are a franchise that may at all times appeal to superstars. However apparently higher to promote tickets now and kick the can down the highway to constructing a winner. Is that this workforce actually any higher than the 33-49 it confirmed it was final 12 months?

Bob Goldstone
Corona del Mar

How the Kimbrel crumbles

We name Craig Kimbrel “crumble” at our home, and we groan each time we see him warming up within the bullpen.

Arguably, the Dodgers’ biggest flaw in latest World Sequence losses has been Dave Roberts’ pitching choices.

C’mon, Dave! Admit that Kimbrel doesn’t have what it takes earlier than he loses one sport too many.

Sarah Tamor
Santa Monica

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Regardless of having a bullpen stocked with shutdown arms, Dave Roberts continues to stubbornly run Craig Kimbrel to the mound in save conditions. If Doc doesn’t understand that Kimbrel’s greatest years are nicely behind him, he isn’t paying consideration.

Bud Chapman
Northridge

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When will Dave Roberts ever be taught that Kimbrel is just not the person for the nearer job? As we speak, Roberts stated that whereas Kimbrel continued to bomb as a lead protector, at the least he seemed good whereas dropping. I’ll give Roberts one factor and that’s his stubbornness in admitting any errors in his choices. The place is the pitching coach in all this… absolutely he has some enter into whether or not to proceed down this path of destruction in snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. I, for one, flip off my TV any time I see Kimbrel enter a sport.

Dale Clanahan
San Dimas

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We used to suppose watching Kenley Jansen was like being on a curler coaster. Craig Kimbrel is a nightly journey on the Tower of Terror.

Scott Shepherd
Los Angeles

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Dave Roberts says he’s “not concerned” with Kimbrel’s efficiency this 12 months! Properly he’s most likely the one one in Los Angeles who isn’t.

Invoice Piercy
Lengthy Seaside

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Approaching the heels of the “Field of Dreams” sport final week, it was very nostalgic to see Mookie Betts enjoying catch between innings with a younger fan in Milwaukee who flashed an indication that stated, “Mookie, Wanna play catch?” Mookie made a life-long fan final night time and confirmed MLB how simple it’s to achieve youthful followers.

Edward M. Jimenez
Whittier

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With all due respect to Freddie Freeman, Trea Turner is probably the most worthwhile Dodger. His bat and his glove replicate on him as being an absolute magician.

No matter it takes, the Dodgers needs to be negotiating with him on a brand new contract that can hold him with the Dodgers for a few years.

Dick Ramirez
Valencia

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I didn’t perceive the Mitch White deal when it occurred and after the latest Kershaw and Buehler setbacks I’m much more dumbfounded!!

Mark Kaiserman
Santa Monica

Weighing in on Deshaun Watson

I’m disgusted with the actions of the NFL, the Cleveland Browns house owners and the Houston Texans within the matter of Deshaun Watson. As the one factor these three entities perceive is the greenback, I’ve determined to make my voice heard by canceling my subscription of greater than 15 years to the NFL Sunday Ticket bundle on DirecTV. Possibly if sufficient folks cancel the NFL will take into account ethical decency to be extra necessary than the greenback.

John McDonald
Oceanside

Can we belief the numbers?

As somebody who wrote a TV-Radio sports activities column for The Occasions for 25-plus years, I learn Invoice Shaikin’s well-researched story on sports activities discuss radio with a eager curiosity. I are likely to agree with AM 570 boss Don Martin that Nielsen numbers are deceptive.

I received a few of my greatest reader response to my columns when the subject was sports activities discuss radio. I at all times puzzled how precisely Nielsen measures automobile radios. That’s how most individuals take heed to sports activities discuss radio. Additionally, each time employees have come to the home I’ve lived in for 44 years to do reworking or repairs, they typically take heed to sports activities discuss radio on their transistor radios. Does Nielsen take into account that?

Larry Stewart
Arcadia

The place was everybody else?

I’m appalled at studying Steve Henson’s article on Aug. 14, “that Clayton Kershaw was one of about a dozen Dodgers players who took the [Negro Leagues Museum] tour.”

I’m so glad the opposite dozen gamers are so educated as to not avail themselves of the chance to broaden their miniscule (and naturally I’m being beneficiant) data of baseball historical past.

Clayton was grateful, he received to be taught loads.

Duane Ragland
Baldwin Park

Main league inflation

If unsure that inflation continues, look in Anaheim the place individuals are paying main league costs to observe a minor league baseball workforce.

Lee Ables
Palm Desert

I like L.A.

How fortunate are we in Los Angeles? Helene Elliott — an NHL Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award winner — interviewing Bob Miller — an NHL Foster Hewitt Memorial Award [winner] — speaking about Vin Scully — Ford Frick Award winner plus. Sports activities readers don’t get any luckier than this. Thanks all on your wonderful journalism [and] our alternative to take pleasure in your ability right here in Los Angeles!

Greg Bodell
Manhattan Seaside

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