LA Sports 2020

South Bay Lakers’ strength and conditioning coach emphasizes moving away from the traditional mobility model

By Kari McMahon
Medill Reports

LOS ANGELES — Basketball players are known more for speed than physical power. However, in the heart of El Segundo, California, lies the Lakers training facility containing two gyms filled with a variety of strength equipment where the Lakers’ G League team, the South Bay Lakers, are breaking the stereotype that basketball players aren’t strong with their nontraditional approach to strength and mobility training.

Misha Cavaye, the South Bay Lakers’ strength and conditioning coach for three seasons, provided insight this week into the importance of strength and conditioning in basketball and his unconventional thinking on mobility training.

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Food, family and the future: A Q&A with Chicago native and Lakers’ G-League standout Talen Horton-Tucker

By Nate Schwartz
Medill Reports

LOS ANGELES – Talen Horton-Tucker was something of a legend in the Chicago high school basketball world. The Uptown native garnered national accolades throughout his career at Simeon Career Academy High School where he held a 20.5 ppg/8.7rpg/4.8apg stat line his senior year and led his team to a 29-4 record, but that was merely the prologue to his career story.

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Northwestern alum talks life as a basketball G League player in Los Angeles

By Clara Facchetti
Medill Reports

LOS ANGELES — When Reggie Hearn played his first minutes for Northwestern University’s basketball team, he was a walk-on with little experience. By the time his senior season came around, Hearn had become indispensable to his team.

After a few years in the G League, he was signed by the Detroit Pistons in 2017, scoring the first NBA points by a Northwestern graduate since Geno Carlisle in 2004.

Three years later, Hearn is back to the G League, playing for the South Bay Lakers in Los Angeles. On Wednesday, he reflected on his journey since leaving Evanston.

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Young players look to instill winning culture in LA Kings’ victory over the Calgary Flames

By Leah Vann
Medill Reports

LOS ANGELES – There isn’t a lot on the line at this point in the NHL season, but Cal Petersen seized an opportunity to show what he’s capable of.

Following the Kings’ deal to trade Jack Campbell and Kyle Clifford to the Maple Leafs for Trevor Moore and two third-round draft picks on Feb. 5, the 25-year-old goalie slipped in as the next guy up behind 13-year veteran Jonathan Quick.

“Ever since I got to juniors, it’s been a goal,” Petersen said. “Every year I’ve been climbing a couple of rungs. I want to make the opportunity count.”

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Suns guard Jevon Carter on the emotional impact of trade rumors and staying positive

By Gurjit Kaur
Medill Reports

LOS ANGELES – Every year, the NBA trade deadline is anticipated by excited fans hoping their team will find a player or two to help improve the team’s chances of winning. Phoenix Suns guard Jevon Carter, however, admitted it was difficult being the subject of trade rumors.

Carter, 24, who played for the Memphis Grizzlies his rookie season, was traded to the Suns before the season began and once again has found his name in trade talks. Last week, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported that the Suns were thinking of trading Carter, Elie Okobo and a first-round pick to the Detroit Pistons for Luke Kennard.

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Kobe… next NBA logo?

By Christopher Miller
Medill Reports

LOS ANGELES — Red Auerbach. Bill Russell. Larry O’Brien and Jerry West. They are all names connected to some of the NBA’s most prestigious trophies, awards or logos. The name Kobe Bryant has yet to be etched in a similar capacity but it certainly should be, according to multiple Phoenix Suns’ players.

In the Suns’ first visit to Staples Center since Bryant’s passing, Phoenix fell to Kobe’s beloved Lakers 125-100 on Monday night. While Bryant wasn’t physically there, he was still on the minds of fans and players alike, as yellow and purple Nos. 8 and 24 jerseys were in abundance.

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Genesis Invitational: Tiger Woods has his eyes set on the title

By Clara Facchetti
Medill Reports

LOS ANGELES — Tiger Woods will never forget it.

He was with his father at the historic Riviera Country Club and saw Tom Watson on the eighth hole.

“Tom hit his ball to the back of the left pin, hit it left of the green,” Woods said. “I’m basically one of the only ones over there and [Watson’s caddie] Bruce [Edwards] was on the bag and I’m standing looking up at the golf ball. He comes over and says, ‘Move out of the way kid’, and pushes me out of the way. So, I’m on tour telling him this story and he says, ‘Well, you were in the way.’”

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Two weeks later, the LA community continues to process Kobe Bryant’s death

By Leah Vann
Medill Reports

LOS ANGELES – Two weeks ago, Tiger Woods learned of Kobe Bryant’s death from his caddie Joe LaCava as he walked off the 18th green at Torrey Pines. As he tees off for the Genesis Invitational at Riviera Country Club this week, he’s still grappling with the death of a friend.

“Part of me thinks that it’s not real,” Woods said on Tuesday. “I don’t really know what I said post-round. I was in shock just like everyone else, trying to put it in words going forward. The reality of the situation is Kobe and Gigi are not here, but that’s hard to accept.”
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