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    2018-2019 NBA Recap

    Eastern Conference Boston Celtics Toronto Raptors Philadelphia 76ers Indiana Pacers Milwaukee Bucks Miami Heat Washington Wizards Detroit Pistons Western Conference Golden State Warriors Houston Rockets San Antonio Spurs Los Angeles Lakers Utah Jazz Memphis Grizzlies Oklahoma Thunder Denver Nuggets MVP: Kevin Durant DOP: Rudy Gobert ROY: Kevin Knox 6th: Eric Gordon Finals: GSW vs. Boston Champions: GSW 4-2 First Coach Fired: Tom Thibodeau Lakers Record: 49-33

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    Las Vegas Invitational 2015

    This weekend was my annual pilgrimage to the desert to play in the Las Vegas Invitational Basketball Tournament benefiting a new gym being built in Little Tokyo. This year things were a little different considering that half the team from last year wasn’t playing this year, and most of the spouses weren’t coming due to various reasons.

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    2013-2014 NBA Predictions

    The NBA season really has sprung up on me this season and i barely even knew the preseason was going on. Its probably because i’ve already given up on the Lakers’ season and expect them to eventually trade Pau Gasol and just tank the rest of the season in hopes of drafting some kid named Andrew Wiggins. My overall sense of the upcoming season is that it will be a revival of stars lost last year. Meaning that Derrick Rose, Kevin Love, and even Andrew Bynum come back to make a difference this year, but the stars currently hurt, Kobe, Rondo, wont make a difference to their teams overall success.…

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    Las Vegas Invitational 2013

    This past weekend Team Mixed Plate for another year gathered in Sin City to fight to be kings of the Dirt Division. Sadly this year was a repeat of last year’s 5th finish, and it was especially hard on me this year because for once we really tried to win. We actually spent time this summer meeting up and practicing at the Artesia High gym, working on our offense, and defense and had a pretty good game plan going into the weekend. Friday night’s game versus Wheelchair Bound went exactly according to plan. Our bigs were playing big, CJ was hitting his shot from outside and we built a small lead…

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    LVI Practice

    This will be my third year playing in the LVI tournament in September and really want to win this year, so i reached out to see if our team could get together for some practice time. I was really pleased that got 7 people to join us at the gym. We were able to really talk about lineups, offensive and defensive strategy which we’ve never had before. We would normally just show up in Vegas, shake hands and basically just start playing. After practice we all headed over to Class 302 for some shaved snow which a few people have never had before. I really like the Mango one because…

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    League of Chumps Champion

    Last Saturday i was planning on attending Jih & Liz’s baby shower with Joy, but what i didn’t realize it was a girls only party, and i don’t think i could have been any happier. The party was at Regional Park in Cerritos and since we were there already together it was the prefect time for Jih and I go out for my celebratory meal at Boiling Crab for winning his Fantasy Basketball League of Chumps league. It was my second year in the league made many moves that should’ve bit me in the ass, but somehow i ended still winning the league and a getting a free meal on…

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    2013 Lakers Retrospective

    This year’s Lakers team could be summed up in one word. Dream. After being knocked out of the playoffs in 2012 by the Thunder, the Lakers revamped their roster signing free agent Steve Nash, Antawn Jamison, and trading for Dwight Howard for Andrew Bynum. Lakers fanatics were calling this the new Dream Team. Too bad the only dreams were the imaginative ones that the players had with their game. Kobe dreamed that he was a 20 year old again. Nash dreamed that Kobe would actually let him run the offense. Artest dreamed he could hit a 3 pointer. Pau dreamed about being able to play close to the basket again. Dwight dreamed that…

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    Out of the fire into the playoffs

    Joy’s been really lucky these past couple weeks getting Lakers tickets from her work. They’re really good seats in the VIP level right below the luxury boxes and she got some for the last Lakers game of the season against the Rockets. We had a couple extra tickets and invited Jih and Liz to the game. It was going to be a tense game because going into the game the Jazz lost guaranteeing the Lakers into the playoffs, but winning the game meant they would avoid the Thunder as a8 and play the Spurs as a 7. The game was really good, and Pau looked great playing with Dwight Howard. It was…