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Letters to the Sport: The Madness of March to the Sadness of Dodgers’ Movements

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I think Mick Cronin is a very good coach. UCLA has done well under him. But can he explain what his offense is? Four players stand around while one player plays one on one. No one cuts on the basket, no give-and-go, and no pick-and-roll. This is common and the most difficult way to score points.

The team could fare much better on offense with a plan that involves strategy other than standing around.

Glen Hodding
Long Beach

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There are so many things to like that Coach Cronin brought to UCLA basketball. One thing he has to give up though: Routinely wrecking his players after losses and even narrow wins in his postgame interviews. Losing to a very talented Arizona team brought no shame to its players, yet his focus was on their perceived lack of toughness, bad decisions and what “they” had to learn. His first reaction after beating USC last week was how disappointed he was that “his players” let the SC narrowly end up. He says little about the possibility that his decision making, rotations, or offensive/defensive sets were to blame. More importantly, coach Wooden has rarely, if ever, publicly voiced such criticism of his players. The old saying “praise publicly/criticize privately” is very important.

Rick Barton
Encinitas

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Sales in sports are often caused by arrogance and disrespect. The USC basketball team needs to respect their opponents and play that way. You can’t just show up and feel the scoreboard take care of who has more talent. Eighteen turnovers from a team with so much talent, they deserve to take their ego and disrespect and go home and let teams with respect and less talent play on

Flora Taylor
Los Angeles

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Now that the USC basketball season is over, what’s an encore for coach Andy Enfield? He hired the Mobley brothers’ father as an assistant coach to get the sons to play for him. Now that they’re both gone, who’s the next Enfield employee? He got a nice big contract but his recruitment methods are suspect. Don’t expect too much from Enfield and USC in the future.

Bernhard Kovac
port city

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Surely I must have missed the article in your fancy newspaper, so please reveal exactly when the NCAA Tournament Selection Committee became a wholly owned subsidiary of the Big Ten Conference?

Blaise Jackson
Escondido

What is the problem?

That’s the saddest thing I’ve ever heard about a major Dodgers acquisition.

I’m in awe of Freddie Freeman’s talent and I’m sure he’ll be worth every penny the Dodgers are paying him, but Freeman leaving the Braves is like Kershaw leaving the Dodgers.

It’s just not right.

John Amato
Sherman Oaks

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I don’t care about the Freddie Freeman takeover, but I’m very disappointed in the deportation of Kenley Jansen.

Al Harvey
Ventura

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Impressive! The Dodgers sign Freeman for $162 million and the Angels sign Matt Duffy for $1 million. What a contrast in organizations. The Dodgers try to win every year while the Angels try to make money. I’m a Mike Trout fan, but he made the biggest mistake of his career when he re-signed with the Angels — unless he’s also in it for the money and not the ring. It’s getting harder and harder to be an Angel fan when Mr. Moreno only cares about making money. Spend some money like the Dodgers and maybe you can play in October too. Try it, you might like it.

Bob Sands
LaHabra

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The acquisition of Freddie Freeman by the Dodgers is cause for celebration in my household. Unfortunately, as the Angels have proven for decades, a team can’t beat weak pitching.

Ron Yukelson
San Luis Obispo

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Anyone see a pattern here? Dodgers Lose World Series to Red Sox, Trade to Mookie Betts; The Dodgers lose to the Nationals in the playoffs, trading for Max Scherzer and Trea Turner. Dodgers lose to Braves in playoffs, sign Freddie Freeman Andrew Friedman obviously follows Yankees GM Brian Cashman’s philosophy: If you can’t beat ’em, buy ’em!

Mark S Roth
Los Angeles

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Corey who?!?

Steve Tye
diamond ingot

Lakers lore

The Lakers played the Phoenix Suns last Sunday. The Suns played like a professionally organized machine, an energetic, fast, coordinated and well-trained team.

The Lakers played like they drove past some parks in LA, picked up some guys who played pickup ball, LeBron anointed them NBA players, put them in Laker uniforms and played with them against the Suns. Heartbreaking to watch.

Donald Peppars
pomona

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The Lakers bought four of the top 75 NBA players of all time, but are still under .500?

Jerry Moore
Los Angeles

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I always laugh when the media pundits say the Lakers have a “puncher chance” of winning the NBA title once they enter the play-in tournament. Stop it. The Lakers only have one shot at winning a championship if they find a way to get into the NCAA tournament. Even then, I doubt they would make the Sweet 16.

Scott Zimber
Lakewood

No crying in baseball?

My takeaway from the article on Jason Gill and the USC baseball program was another example of titled crybabies and their overbearing parents trying to intimidate a new coach.

Who cares what happened 2-3 years ago? No one! It’s 2022 and Coach Gil and the Trojans are winning. ‘Nuff said.

Claudia buckle
Long Beach

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The “Dynasty to Dysfunction” article made it sound like a few players with bad attitude, poor work ethic, and lower skill levels were no longer tolerated at USC. This is what happens when a program needs a turn – Coach Enfield has made the right changes, Coach Gill is doing it, and Coach Lincoln Riley is cleaning the house. Change doesn’t come easy, but USC Athletics has a clear commitment to excellence.

Aaron Horvath
Ladera Ranch

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Your recent article about the USC baseball program and its new coach seemed more focused on berating a respected coach with an extremely successful track record than telling an interesting story. The Times focused on faint complaints from a few legitimate individuals, the same individuals responsible for the program’s continued failure. When a failed sports program is turned around, change is inevitable if success is to be achieved, and that change is uncomfortable and creates dissatisfaction. Complaints will follow. The lack of complaints would have been a bigger story than the one in print.

Joe Phillips
Santa Ana

tough topic

The Stadium Court in Indian Wells seats 16,100 tennis players. If a person heckling at Naomi Osaka (no swear word, no racial slur, no sexist comment) bursts into tears and loses her match, I would say that professional sport is no place for someone so sensitive . I hope she can pull through this but this seems to be an ongoing issue for her.

Steve Briseno
Mission Viejo

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I’m outraged that athletes have to endure heckling, especially young ones. I’m referring to Naomi Osaka being told, “You suck!” by a spectator in the stands at the Indian Wells tennis tournament. The chair umpire should have thrown him out immediately. We also had our problems in Orange County where a black basketball player was insulted with racial profanity in an Irvine game and nobody did anything for a while, not a referee, not a coach, not a principal, not a parent, until finally one of his friends stopped him . Both cases should be dealt with immediately if the parents have not taught their offspring how to behave in public.

Suzanne Darweesh
fullerton

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For those fans launching personal insults, this should be the consequence of their act: cutting out their tongue. No more insults anywhere.

Bernadine Bednarz
Los Angeles

good sports

I watched the Paralympics with awe. The heart and performances of all athletes were more than inspiring. As amazing as the athletes’ skill was their camaraderie, even between competitors from different countries. Learning about the challenges these athletes have faced and overcome against all odds has been beyond humbling. They come from different backgrounds and each athlete has a unique story. My question to you, LA Times, is why was there no coverage of the Paralympics in the sports section? To cite just one example, the US men’s sled hockey team won the gold medal with three Purple Heart honorees. That was certainly worth mentioning. I am amazed and disappointed by your lack of attention.

Melissa Hornacek
Dana point

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The athletic department was intended to cover NCAA women’s softball. UCLA is 22-3 and ranked #3 in the nation. They had even pitched some perfect games. Because this is an important sport involving many Pac-12 teams, softball needs to be covered in the athletic department.

Diana Rivera
Buena Park

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