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Ben Bolch

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Ben Bolch covers the Clippers and NBA for the Los Angeles Times. A North Carolina native who was born shortly before his hometown N.C. State Wolfpack ended UCLA’s run of seven consecutive NCAA titles under John Wooden, Bolch grew up in the hoops hotbed of Tobacco Road. He covered UCLA and USC basketball for The Times, among other beats, before moving over to the NBA. He hopes to be around the league longer than childhood hero and legendary bust Chris Washburn.

Recent Articles

  • Zero suspense at the top of the NBA draft with Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram

    Zero suspense at the top of the NBA draft with Ben Simmons and Brandon Ingram

    NBA draft results: Ben Simmons goes first, then the Lakers take Brandon Ingram June 23, 2016, 10:33 p.m. The Philadelphia 76ers made Louisiana State forward Ben Simmons the first-overall choice in the 2016 NBA Draft leaving Brandon Ingram on the board for the Lakers to select with the second overall...

  • Ben Bolch: The top five picks in review

    Ben Bolch: The top five picks in review

    NBA draft results: Ben Simmons goes first, then the Lakers take Brandon Ingram June 23, 2016, 10:33 p.m. The Philadelphia 76ers made Louisiana State forward Ben Simmons the first-overall choice in the 2016 NBA Draft leaving Brandon Ingram on the board for the Lakers to select with the second overall...

  • Clippers' DeAndre Jordan to represent USA in Summer Olympics

    Clippers' DeAndre Jordan to represent USA in Summer Olympics

    The longshot came in. DeAndre Jordan is an Olympian. Considered the least likely of the three Clippers who were finalists for Team USA to play in the Olympics, Jordan has earned a spot on the team that will compete in August in Rio de Janeiro, according to a person close to the situation not authorized...

  • How the Clippers are preparing for the NBA draft

    How the Clippers are preparing for the NBA draft

    As draft positioning goes for the Clippers, Doc Rivers doesn’t expect it to be the roaring 20s. There have been more misses than hits in those spots recently, though some impact players have emerged. Kenneth Faried went No. 22 to the Denver Nuggets in 2011. Taj Gibson was selected No. 26 by the...

  • Luke Walton takes over as the Los Angeles Lakers' new coach

    Luke Walton takes over as the Los Angeles Lakers' new coach

    Luke Walton has always been one to pass the ball, even in his days on the blacktop as an 8-year-old at St. Vincent de Paul School. He grew up in San Diego, son of an NBA champion, and learned early the key part to succeeding in pro basketball. His father, Bill, told him that the best players were...

  • Clippers have several holes that could be filled with draft picks

    Clippers have several holes that could be filled with draft picks

    The Clippers need a starting small forward. They need a backup point guard. They need … well, practically an entire bench. They will fill most of their needs in free agency in the coming months, but they also have two draft picks for the first time since Coach Doc Rivers joined the team in the...

  • Clippers looking for a new TV deal

    Clippers looking for a new TV deal

    About the only certainty involving Clippers games next season is that their telecasts will be shown somewhere. The team is mulling not only who will be its broadcast partner but also a variety of technological enhancements that could revolutionize the NBA viewing experience. The Clippers are considering...

  • Clippers assistant coach Kevin Eastman retires

    Clippers assistant coach Kevin Eastman retires

    The Clippers announced the retirement of assistant coach Kevin Eastman, a longtime lieutenant of Coach Doc Rivers who had also spent one season as vice president of basketball operations with the Clippers. Eastman, 61, had previously served as an assistant on Rivers’ staff with the Boston Celtics...

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