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Bill Plaschke

Columnist

Bill Plaschke has been a sports columnist for the Los Angeles Times for exactly as long as Kobe Bryant has been a Los Angeles Laker. During those 18 years, Plaschke has been named national sports columnist of the year five times by the Associated Press, which is exactly the number of NBA championship rings won by Bryant, so there. Plaschke has written about virtually every sport for The Times since he joined the staff as a reporter in 1987, gaining a diverse expertise that is sadly often muted during his regular appearances on ESPN’s long-running game show “Around the Horn.”

 

Recent Articles

  • Lakers go back to a sweet spot with hiring of Luke Walton

    Lakers go back to a sweet spot with hiring of Luke Walton

    A chant from the past has become a cry for the future. "Luuuuuuuke." A smart, selfless benchwarmer with two championship rings as a player has returned to that bench, only this time in the main seat, the beloved working man from the last glorious Lakers era charged with hammering out a new one....

  • The No. 1 hype is great, but now Jared Goff wants to get down to business

    The No. 1 hype is great, but now Jared Goff wants to get down to business

    When the lights went dark and the questions dried up and Jared Goff was finally able to stalk toward an exit after enduring the grandest of entrances, the quarterback paused and threw his first pass as a Los Angeles Ram. It was a 50-yard scowl. "I am done," he said softly, glancing at the spent...

  • Rams bring Jared Goff and new hope to Los Angeles

    Rams bring Jared Goff and new hope to Los Angeles

    How big was this pick? How long have people waited? The first chant for the first Los Angeles Rams draft selection in more than two decades occurred 15 minutes before he was even selected. "Ja-red Goff, Ja-red Goff," shouted the several thousand fans jamming the L.A. Live courtyard on a blindingly...

  • Rams fans of all sizes at draft party

    NFL draft first round: Rams pick Jared Goff, Laremy Tunsil has wild night and Myles Jack remains undrafted April 28 2016, 9:09 PM A pick-by-pick analysis of the first round of the 2016 NFL draft. The Rams, who traded up to the top of the draft to select a quarterback, chose Goff over North Dakota...

  • Clippers are game but out of luck

    Clippers are game but out of luck

    The evening began with sobs, Doc Rivers admitting he missed the strong shoulder of his late mother Bettye. The evening ended in sighs, the decimated Clippers realizing no amount of support could keep them upright. With Chris Paul on the bench wearing Cliff Paul glasses, with Blake Griffin in the...

  • Somehow, the Clipper Curse has gotten worse

    Somehow, the Clipper Curse has gotten worse

    The faithful team employees will loudly claim they don't believe it, but you know what they are thinking. The resilient head coach is loathe to discuss it, but surely he has pondered it. The faithful fans will dismiss it as old news, but when they gather at Staples Center on Wednesday night for...

  • The Lakers fired Byron Scott for doing his job, and, strangely, it all makes sense

    The Lakers fired Byron Scott for doing his job, and, strangely, it all makes sense

    Byron Scott is a good man, a loyal soldier, and in two years he did exactly what his bosses hired him to do. But the minute Kobe Bryant walked out of Staples Center for the last time, Scott's services were no longer needed, his job essentially ceased to exist, he became an instant antique. The...

  • Winning Game 2, Clippers show their intensity -- just check their glares

    Winning Game 2, Clippers show their intensity -- just check their glares

    An hour before Wednesday night's playoff game, Clippers Coach Doc Rivers marched through the locker room, slapped a back and seriously issued a directive. "Focus!" he shouted. He wasn't talking to players. He was talking to writers. Soon thereafter, before the Clippers engaged the Portland Trail...

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