Jonathan Cha

Jonathan Cha writes about the Lakers thanks to the way Chick Hearn spoke on it. A fan since Magic first dumped it down low to Kareem for a swing left, shoot right skyhook in San Diego, he also contributes his thoughts on USC football to LA Sports Hub. Tweet him about it @chawonshik.

  • Kobe drops dimes on Jazz

    Utah, sitting atop LA as the 7th seed in the West, is a quality win. Their play is kryptonite for the Lakers. They are young, hungry, and active on the boards, everything the Lakers aren’t in their losses. They own the Lakers, beating them twice this season versus moderate resistance, and aimed for the series […]

  • #FourGamesOut

    What else can go wrong? When Kirk Hinrich stamps a season-high 22 points against your squad on 9-11 shooting, crossing over fools and dropping in jumper after jumper like a summer league game or a Sunday at the Rucker, times are rough. When the Mamba, aka Mr. 81, aka KB, aka Mr. Dependable for at […]

  • Lakers sleepwalk in Toronto, lose 5th straight roadie

    LA travelled to Toronto to face a team with a record worse than theirs and it didn’t matter. Everyone, including yours truly, felt the lethargy of the 10am West Coast start to the Sunday contest. It was 3:30am in Seoul, but besting the snooze button in a game of 1-on-1 felt easier than the Lakers […]

  • Gasol-ina off Lakers’ bench

    The 6th man represented something substantially different in the 80s, the hay day of a single, game changing, X-factor off of the bench. Granted, the player still focused on providing a scoring punch for the 2nd unit, completely altering the current face of the game, or shifting the pace of the contest to their favor. […]

  • Lakers close, but not enough to beat Heat

    Too many TOs early. A flurry of LeBron late. The Lakers are left to weigh the value of another moral victory, losing a winnable game against the Heat 99-90 at Staples. The half court defense was great. It kept them close, within striking distance. The Lakers found Miami’s shooters on the perimeter for much of […]

  • Lakers find Dwight early and often, beat Bucks 104-88

    Consistency. Cohesion. How can you develop the intuitive sense of timing and teammate tendencies necessary to achieve success on the basketball court without spending a substantial amount of time working together? Yes, we are talking about practice, the quality time a team spends getting to know where to put the pass on anything from a […]

  • Lakers play above the competition, best Cavs 113-93

    Finally. The Lakers celebrate 2013 with a W. Magic and Big Game can now sigh, take a deep breath, and reee-laaax until the next L. 13 days and 6-straight losses into the new year and the Lakers endured a bevy of criticism, including rants from their HOFs weighing in on everything from absent effort to […]

  • Pau extinguishes trades (for now), Lakers roast Blazers

    PITP (points in the paint) Rebounds Assists from the high post Defense The Lakers might have themselves a nice little team here. Amidst the constant and mind-numbing clamor for his head in a FedEx box to some other destination, Pau Gasol decided to reassert himself despite plantar fasciitis and make a case for unpacking his […]

  • Dwight tossed, Lakers hit Mile High wall

    A five game winning streak halted by a single, ugly loss. How beautiful the actual will Lakers look and they haven’t even gotten started. Denver plays high energy, up-tempo basketball, and, after disappearing on XMas to deliver some presents in the 2nd quarter of their match up with the Clipps, Karl and Co. decided to […]

  • Should Pau play or should he go?

    When the Atlanta Hawks drafter a lanky Pau Gasol with the 3rd pick in the 2001 draft, the native of Barcelona arrived on the NBA scene with four years with his hometown pro squad already under his belt. His list of accolades before he touched an NBA floor read like an illustrious career, including winning […]