Babb Ready for Big Year

Lance Babb II  has offers from Air Force, New Mexico, Wyoming and several other Division 1 universities and still has a 12th grade season of football to participate in.  The 6-1 195 pound senior is looking to reel in some bigger scholarships with his performance this year.


Young Point-Guard has Unique Skill Set

Today, the NBA showcases plenty of ball-dominant point-guards who focus on gettting their own shot off and have a “score first” type of mentality.  A lost art in today’s game of basketball is a point-guard who truly knows how to facilitate and circulate an offense.  Teddy Parham Jr. is the epitomy of a true point-guard.

The 17-year-old from Notre Dame High School (Sherman Oaks, CA) has an understanding of the game that stands out from most of his peers.

“A great point-guard is someone who makes sure his team plays with great chemistry and doesn’t fall asleep on defense or offense and makes sure everything is organized,” Parham says.

Teddy has an uncanny ability to anticipate things before they happen and is always making the smart play.  He has an ability to be a true floor general, which is a talent few kids posses.

He passes the ball very well, gets others involved, and controls the tempo of the game.

Currently, Teddy is playing with his summer AAU basketball squad “Cal Supreme” and is looking to head into his senior year with some momentum.


Chris Paul Epitomizes Disappointment

Like an early playoff exit, Chris Paul is gone from Los Angeles.  Using the opt-out clause in his contract, the 12-year veteran gave the order to harbor a trade to the Houston Rockets.

There is no denying CP3’s natural talent and point-guard skills, but overall, his tenure in LA will be remembered as   disappointing.

Sure, Paul has been a vital part in turning around a historically porous franchise helping the Clippers go from a team never to win more that 47 games in the regular season to averaging 52 wins during his 6-year stint.  However, he was never able to get Los Angeles out of the 2nd round of the NBA playoffs and was inconsistent in games that mattered most.

In a 2014 playoff game, the Los Angeles Clippers needed to hold onto the ball to sew-up a 3-2 series lead over the Thunder.  Unfortunately Paul turned the ball over giving OKC life and a chance to take the lead in the game.

After a timeout, the Thunder inbounded the ball to Russel Westbrook where he dribbled to the top of the key, raised up for a shot, and was fouled by guess who?  Chris Paul!  This gave Westbrook three free throws (he made them all) and a 105-104 lead with 6.4 left in the game.

In an anti-climatic finish, Paul got the final touch of the game and drove baseline before turning the basketball over in the waning moments of the game (SEE VIDEO BELOW).  This was the turning point of what “could have” been in Los Angeles.

In an era that it is accepted to have a “can’t be em’ join em” mentality, Paul heads to Houston to join a team that trailed and then beat the Clippers after being down 3-1 in 2015 Western Conference Semifinals.  To Clippers fans, the irony adds insult to injury, and to the cynical, solace in cliche to underachievement.

Paul was a stud in the regular season making 5 all-star appearances as a Clipper as well as the same number of All-NBA 1st Team Defensive selections and was an All-NBA First Teamer three times during that span.  This production warranted a contract that paid him over 22 million per year.  Clippers fans now ask if that money was really worth it?

Although CP3 is great at creating highlights, he simply has not delivered when facing adversity in playoffs and legacy defining moments.


BallIsLife Puts on a Spectacle

The heavily popular BallIsLife basketball organization held their annual All-American showcase game earlier this month at Long Beach City College.  It was an event that featured twenty-six of the best high-school seniors in the nation as they competed in a slam-dunk contest , 3-Point contest and 40 minute full length game.

2017AAGRosterAn eventful night saw Isaiah Washington (St. Raymond High School, Bronx, NY) take home the 3-point contest while Jalen Hands (Foothills Christian High School, San Diego, CA) awed the crowd with amazing creativity to win the slam-dunk contest.  The game itself was nothing but a show, take a look!


Michael Conlan Strives for Greatness

History says that Michael Conlan is the best amateur fighter ever to come out of the country of Ireland. After an impressive debut victory in his first pro fight, Conlan is determined to take his game to another level and looks to continue to re-write the history books.

The 25-year-old super-bantamweight fighter from Belfast, Northern Ireland bursted onto the boxing scene by winning a bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.  Conan carried that medal momentum into the 2015 World Championships and proceeded to win the gold medal at Doha.

After great success as an amateur, the Irish sensation was signed to Bob Arum’s promotional boxing group, Top Rank.   Last March, he competed in his first professional fight and won by technical knockout in the 3rd round over Tim Ibarra.

Conlan has a unique ability to move in the ring and uses his athleticism and quickness to excel as a boxer.  He also has solid power for a super-bantamweight but says that he needs to improve on his inside game.

“My short-term goal is to become a world champion…as far as long-term goals, I want to become a three-weight world champion and the best fighter ever from Ireland,” Conlan expressed.

 

 


The Mexican Heavyweight

Chris “The Nightmare” Arreola has been a professional heavyweight boxer since 2003 and has a record of 36-5-1 with 31 wins coming by way of knockout. He has been in championship fights against some of the best in the game but has not been able to get over the hump and win a world title belt.

In 2009, Arreola challenged Vitali Klitschko (37-2, 36 KOs) for the WBC belt in Los Angeles, California amongst a crowd of 18,000. The Mexican boxer made an asserted effort to come forward in the early going and force pressure on Klitschko by throwing big shot after big shot. Unfortunately, most of his punches were blocked as Klitschko (6’7″) went on the defensive and used his height to control the range of action. Once it was known that Arreola could not hurt the Ukrainian, Klitschko began to line his big right hand up and fired it off frequently. Arreola took substantial punishment throughout the fight, and eventually retired on his stool in the 10th round as Klitschko was awarded the TKO victory.

Arreola got another chance at the belt last July as he faced the dangerous Deontay Wilder (36-0, 35 KOs) in a 12-round title bout at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama. The fight was a mismatch all the way as Wilder controlled the pace with his superior athleticism and hand-speed. Arreola was knocked down in the 4th round after being unable to sustain a barage of punches and retired in his corner before the start of the 8th round.

Nevertheless, Arreola has had a solid career and has been one of the few Mexicans to put his stamp on the Heavyweight division.

“The most memorable moment of my career was when I beat Damien Wills. I guess it was because he was undefeated and I was undefeated and it was a big battle for California and we were both Heavyweights on the rise,” Arreola says.


The Voice of the USC Trojans

Pete Arbogast is one of the best radio announcers in the country.  Over the years he has broadcasted play-by-play for the Los Angeles Clippers, Cincinnati Bengals, as well as professional baseball and ice hockey.  Arbogast currently works radio for the University of Southern California athletics and is most recognized for his play-by-play of Trojans football.

A local man from John Marshall High School and a former Trojan himself, Arbogast always aspired to be in sports media.  When working his way up the broadcast ranks, he had trouble making it to primetime but with a little advice from some great people, he found a way to make it his own.

“Vin Scully told me that the real trick is to be yourself…if you have a good personality or a story to tell, then you will always be able to be entertaining and convey things in a personable way,” Arbogast learned.