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Your host

My name is Dan Woike, and I’m the new Lakers beat writer for The Times. I spent the last two years covering the NBA for the paper (including the Clippers and the Lakers) before signing up to be on every Lakers Zoom call between now and next summer.

I’m originally from Chicago, I think “Hoop Dreams“ is the best sports movie ever, love deep dish (but would rather have some amazing Chicago thin crust) and, despite thinking I once was cool, now mostly listen to music that can be best described as relaxing (check out the song of the week at the end of the newsletter).

I’ve covered the NBA for nearly a decade now, and the last year has been the strangest, ranging from the memorials for David Stern and Kobe Bryant to 50-plus days in the bubble to now covering a team without seeing them practice in person.

If you’ve got good restaurant recommendations near Long Beach, if you have a favorite beer you’re drinking or a basketball take you just have to get off your chest, you can find me on Twitter or you can text with me using Full-Court Text.