Los Angeles Dodgers Rumors
Paul Pierce threw out the first pitch at Tuesday’s Dodgers – A’s game. Pierce seemed to enjoy his reception, though I’m not sure why. A baseball game starting at 7:10 in LA means that there can’t be more than 100 people in the stands. Perhaps he picked out a smattering of boos from unemployed Lakers fans? Either way, he proceeded to ham it up on the mound before bouncing one in the dirt 10-feet in front of the plate.
Even as it prepares to host Game 1 of the NBA Finals on Thursday night at Oracle Arena, the city is left to wonder whether this Warriors run represents its last shot at a major sports championship. Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Jimmy Rollins, who grew up in the neighboring town of Alameda rooting for the A’s and Warriors (the Raiders were mostly in L.A. at the time), pondered the prospect of the clubs abandoning the East Bay with sadness. “It would be a sports-bankrupt city, or side of the bay,” he said. “You know what happens when sports franchises and big businesses leave. Places become very desolate. Somehow, someway, sports has a way of curbing crime. It gives you something to do, something to watch.”
Los Angeles Dodgers controlling owner Mark Walter confirmed his Guggenheim group is interested in acquiring a piece of the Brooklyn Nets. “We’re going ahead hopefully. I haven’t seen any numbers on it. I think it’s a great franchise,” Walter said. “I haven’t heard that it is signed.” SB Nation reported on Thursday that Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov was in talks with Guggenheim, and a person familiar with the situation told USA TODAY Sports the two sides are having discussions.
Los Angeles Dodgers controlling owner Mark Walter confirmed his Guggenheim group is interested in acquiring a piece of the Brooklyn Nets. “We’re going ahead hopefully. I haven’t seen any numbers on it. I think it’s a great franchise,” Walter said. “I haven’t heard that it is signed.”
When Chris Paul was shown on the big screen at Dodger Stadium on Friday during the Los Angeles Dodgers’ home opener against the San Francisco Giants, he was booed louder than any Giants player on the field. The reception didn’t come as a surprise to Paul, who smiled while being jeered and playing an in-stadium trivia game with Dodgers outfielder Carl Crawford.
“I expected it,” Paul said on Saturday. “When they came and asked me to that thing with Carl Crawford, I said they were going to boo the life out of me. I told Cat (Belanger, the Dodgers’ broadcast and entertainment coordinator). She’s been there every time that I’ve been there for games and she was like, ‘It’s cool.’” Paul was booed last season when he threw out the first pitch to Dodgers outfielder Matt Kemp along with his four-year-old son, Chris. “The craziest one is when I had ‘Little Chris’ with me,” Paul said. “But he didn’t know what was going on. Now if I take him he’ll know what’s going on.”