It’s hard to disagree with TV analyst’s take on the Lakers
TNT’s Kenny Smith says the Lakers are arrogant. . . .
Whatever gave him that idea? . . .
Lamar Odom noted after Tuesday’s game that teams losing in the NBA Finals don’t often make it back the next year. . . .
Actually, the Lakers have done it six times, most recently in 1985, when Magic Johnson & Co. won a championship after losing in the Finals the previous two seasons. . . .
If Dwight Howard ever develops a jump shot, look out. . . .
Would it hurt Andrew Bynum to bend his knees a little? . . .
The Ducks have played quite a few memorable playoff games in their short history, but Teemu Selanne & Co. have never been involved in a truly compelling Game 7, twice winning 3-0 and once losing by the same score. . . .
In the NHL, that’s a blowout. . . .
The Kings’ most memorable Game 7 involved Wayne Gretzky, of course, their 5-4 victory over the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1993 propelling them into the Stanley Cup finals. . . .
An ad that aired during Saturday’s Dodgers radio broadcast noted that opening day was “right around the corner.” . . .
Is that what they’re calling Manny Ramirez’s July 3 return? . . .
Noting that Ramirez was punished after taking a female fertility drug, reader Jerry Sondler of Warwick, R.I., e-mails to ask, “Is this a suspension or is Manny on maternity leave?” . . .
Before Jayson Werth did it Tuesday night against the Dodgers, the last National League player to steal second, third and home in the same inning was Eric Young of the Colorado Rockies, who also did it against the Dodgers -- 13 years ago. . . .
The Dodgers’ battery that day: Hideo Nomo and Mike Piazza. . . .
Maybe the Angels’ Torii Hunter has lost a step, as some have suggested, but you won’t get Miguel Olivo to say it. . . .
For what it’s worth: Charles Barkley and Dwyane Wade, co-stars in those ubiquitous “fave five” commercials, were No. 5 picks in the NBA draft, Barkley in 1984 and Wade in 2003. . . .
USC safety Taylor Mays is the No. 1 senior prospect in next year’s NFL draft, according to NFLDraftScout.com. . . .
In a Sports Illustrated poll of 72 PGA Tour pros, 100% said Tiger Woods would break Jack Nicklaus’ record of 18 major championships but only 11% said they had Woods’ phone number on speed dial, indicating they’ll probably have to congratulate him in person if he does. . . .
Former UCLA basketball player Larry Hollyfield, recuperating in Colton from a stroke, played on teams that lost only once in 185 games during his last two seasons at Compton High, one season at Compton College and three seasons at UCLA. . . .
All six won championships. . . .
Former Maryland Eastern Shore defensive tackle Roger Brown, who replaced Rosey Grier in the Los Angeles Rams’ famed “Fearsome Foursome,” will be inducted this summer into the College Football Hall of Fame. . . .
Stan Musial ended his Hall of Fame career with 3,630 hits -- 1,815 at home and 1,815 on the road. . . .
Next week’s Huntington Beach Open will be the third AVP event staged in California this year but the first played on an actual beach, the others having been played in parking lots covered with sand that was trucked in and dumped there. . . .
Sonia Sotomayor, a candidate to replace retiring Justice David Souter on the U.S. Supreme Court, grew up within walking distance of Yankee Stadium in New York and issued the ruling that ended the work stoppage that wiped out the 1994 World Series. . . .
Let’s get ready to rumba: Michael Buffer will be inducted in September into the California Boxing Hall of Fame. . . .
Ex-Yankees center fielder Bernie Williams’ new album, “Moving Forward,” features a guest appearance by the Boss -- not George Steinbrenner, fortunately, but Bruce Springsteen. . . .
Michael Chang, who earned a high school diploma by passing a GED test before turning pro at 15, says he suggested to contemporary Pete Sampras at the time that he do the same and was told, “I won’t be needing one.” . . .
Sampras was 16 when he turned professional and 19 when he won the first of his record 14 Grand Slam event championships. . . .
Says Kellen Clemens, a three-year veteran from Oregon who was considered the favorite to be the New York Jets’ starting quarterback before they traded up to draft Mark Sanchez: “My expectations haven’t changed. I fully expect to be under center opening day when we go down to Houston.” . . .
So does Sanchez, of course.