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Letters: LeBron James’ new contract is not a win for the Lakers

I can’t believe I’m saying those words, but Bill Plaschke is 100% right about the Lakers extending LeBron. They will remain mediocre for the next two or even three years. Any Lakers fan who thinks it’s a good idea doesn’t really want to win. I’m a lifelong fan who watched the 80s Lakers and the Shaq-Kobe Lakers compete and win championships. Now we are a secondary show. Sad.

larry estis
ocean side

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With his new contract, LeBron James earns more in 15 minutes than me all year. The astonishing salaries of many professional athletes make the game they participate in irrelevant. As Bob Dylan said, “I used to care, but things have changed.”

Kevin H. Park
Village of West Lake

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Arguably the greatest team owner in sports, Dr. Jerry Buss once had a dilemma. The Lakers had two popular future Hall of Famers, and one of them had to go.

He made the right decision, not the easiest one, for the best long-term good. He said goodbye to Shaq.

This week we are reminded how much we miss the good doctor.

Jeff late
Chatsworth

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I know Bill Plaschke has unconditional love for the late Kobe Bryant and isn’t that crazy about LeBron James, but pretending that Kobe’s $48 million two-year contract in 2013-14 wasn’t as bad as LeBron’s new contract is more than a little dishonest. LeBron has carried the Lakers since arriving in Los Angeles and even won a championship for them in 2020. Kobe played in six games in the first year of his contract and 35 in the second year. The Lakers won 27 and 21 games in both years of Kobe’s contract and didn’t even make the playoffs again until LeBron arrived in 2019. If the Lakers have a chance of success this year, it will be thanks to LeBron, who remains one of the greatest players in the league. Without him, they would be lucky to win 20 games.

Alvin S. Michaelson
Marina del Rey

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Thanks, Bill Plaschke, for being “on the ball” regarding LeBron. It’s time to start rebuilding for the future. There’s no time to waste on a farewell tour for senior players. This includes self-proclaimed GOAT LeBron James.

Patrick Kelley
Los Angeles

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I see the Lakers have opened the bank to sign LeBron James to a two-year extension. The last time they did it for an aging superstar with a fragile body was for Kobe Bryant. And you know how it worked!

Harris Levey
Venice

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Bill Plaschke’s column on LeBron James’ new contract is all about the money. LeBron will play less and the team will be starved of adding two superstars over the next year as it falters in its contract.

The Lakers are a franchise that can always attract superstars. But apparently it’s better to sell tickets now and hit the box on the road to build a winner. Is this team really better than the 33-49 they showed last year?

Bob Goldstone
Crown of the Mar

How the Kimbrel crumbles

We call Craig Kimbrel “crumble” back home, and we moan every time we see him warming up in the bullpen.

Arguably the Dodgers’ biggest flaw in recent World Series losses has been Dave Roberts’ throwing decisions.

Come on, Dave! Admit that Kimbrel doesn’t have what it takes before losing one game too many.

Sarah Tamer
santa monica

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Despite a bullpen full of stopping arms, Dave Roberts stubbornly continues to direct Craig Kimbrel to the mound in save situations. If Doc doesn’t realize that Kimbrel’s best years are well behind him, he’s not paying attention.

Chapman bud
Northridge

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When will Dave Roberts learn that Kimbrel isn’t the closest man for the job? Today, Roberts said that while Kimbrel continues to bomb as primary protector, at least he looks good losing. I will give one thing to Roberts and that is his stubbornness to admit any errors in his decisions. Where is the pitching coach in all this? He surely has some bearing on whether to continue down this path of destruction by snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Personally, I turn off my TV every time I see Kimbrel enter a game.

Dale Clanahan
San Dimas

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We used to think watching Kenley Jansen was like being on a roller coaster. Craig Kimbrel is an overnight trip to the Tower of Terror.

Scott Berger
Los Angeles

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Dave Roberts says he’s “not concerned” with Kimbrel’s performance this year! Well, he’s probably the only one in LA who isn’t.

Bill Piercy
Long Beach

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On the heels of last week’s ‘Field of Dreams’ game, it was very nostalgic to see Mookie Betts play catch between innings with a young Milwaukee fan who flashed a sign saying, ‘Mookie, do you want to play catch? ?” Last night, Mookie became a lifelong fan and showed MLB how easy it is to reach young fans.

Edward M. Jimenez
Whittier

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With all due respect to Freddie Freeman, Trea Turner is the most valuable Dodger. His bat and his glove make him an absolute magician.

Either way, the Dodgers should negotiate a new contract with him that will keep him with the Dodgers for many years to come.

Dick Ramirez
Valence

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I didn’t understand the deal with Mitch White when it happened, and after the recent Kershaw and Buehler setbacks, I’m even more stunned!!

Mark Kaiserman
santa monica

Weigh in on Deshaun Watson

I am disgusted with the actions of the NFL, the owners of the Cleveland Browns and the Houston Texans in the Deshaun Watson case. Since the only thing these three entities understand is the dollar, I decided to make my voice heard by canceling my 15+ year subscription to the NFL Sunday Ticket package on DirecTV. Maybe if enough people cancel, the NFL will consider moral decency more important than the dollar.

John McDonald
ocean side

Can we trust the numbers?

As someone who wrote a TV-Radio sports column for The Times for over 25 years, I read with great interest Bill Shaikin’s well-documented history on sports radio. I tend to agree with AM 570 boss Don Martin that Nielsen’s numbers are misleading.

I had some of my best reader reactions to my columns when the topic was sports radio. I’ve always wondered how accurately Nielsen measures car stereos. This is how most people listen to sports radio. In addition, whenever workers come into the house where I have lived for 44 years to do renovations or repairs, they often listen to sports radios on their transistors. Does Nielsen consider this?

Larry Stewart
Arcadia

Where were all the others?

I am appalled to read Steve Henson’s August 14 article “that Clayton Kershaw was one of a dozen Dodgers players who took the [Negro Leagues Museum] round.”

I’m so glad the other dozen players are so educated that they don’t take the opportunity to expand their tiny (and of course, I’m generous) knowledge of baseball history.

Clayton was grateful. He learned a lot.

Duane Ragland
Baldwin Park

Major League Inflation

If you doubt the inflation will continue, look to Anaheim where people pay major league prices to watch a minor league baseball team.

Lee Ables
palm desert

I love LA

How lucky are we in Los Angeles? Helene Elliott – winner of the NHL’s Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award – interviewing Bob Miller – a Foster Hewitt NHL Memorial Award [winner] – speaking of Vin Scully – winner of the Ford Frick plus award. Sports readers are no luckier than that. Thank you all for your excellent journalism [and] our opportunity to benefit from your skills here in Los Angeles!

Greg Bodel
manhattan beach

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