Metta World Peace Throwing Elbows in Venice

Metta being Metta on the outdoor courts of Venice Beach during a VBL Game last week.

Inside the Daredevil Bike Race Around L.A. City Hall on July 12th

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WOLFPACK HUSTLE has taken an underground bike racing event and turned it into a legit international competition that will rock the streets around City Hall next weekend. The head-to-head battle on the closed-course bike race in Downtown Los Angeles is known as the Civic Center Crit, and is drawing racers from all over the world.

The highlight of the Wolfpack Hustle Unified Race Title, the Civic Center Crit will lead racers through the streets of L.A., with a ceremonious start and finish in front of the historic City Hall building. The second annual Crit has a racer list that reads as the who’s who of the underground urban racing world, with entrants from Chicago, New York, Mexico, Canada, Italy, Switzerland and many other cities and countries. Entrants will converge on Downtown L.A. on July 12th to compete against local talent for a chance at claiming a set of Wolfpack Hustle dog tags.

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Join the L.A. Taco World Cup Challenge!

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The World Cup starts Thursday. Join our Yahoo Group and let’s see who can correctly guess the path the tournament will take. To make it more interesting, we have the following prizes (with more to be announced if enough people join):

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Sandy Koufax ~ 1959 Topps Baseball Card

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On May 11, 1963, Koufax no-hit the San Francisco Giants and outdueled future Hall of Fame pitcher Juan Marichal. Koufax carried a perfect game into the eighth inning against the powerful Giants lineup, including future Hall of Famers Willie Mays, Willie McCovey, and Orlando Cepeda.

Jack Nicholson Leaves Kid Hanging

This would never happen at a Lakers game… what was Jack doing at a Clippers game anyway?

L.A. Produces More NBA Players Than Any Other City

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The fine people over at Sports Charts have provided a map of where NBA players come from, and L.A. has produced the most with 16, beating out New York which had 14, and Chicago with 13. There aren’t too  many NBA players period, so it’s not surprising that the three biggest cities have the most players. What is a bit surprising is that this map uses just the city data, and New York City has almost 2x as many people as the city of Los Angeles. If the map were expanded to use metro areas, it’s possible L.A. would have even more players.

Interview with LA Galaxy Defender Omar Gonzalez

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 (Photo: AJ DeLaGarza, left in yellow, and Omar Gonzalez, right in white, of the LA Galaxy)

Patrolling the center of the defense for the LA Galaxy for the past several seasons, including their 2011 and 2012 MLS Championship seasons, Omar Gonzalez has established himself as one of the best defenders in American soccer. Along the way, he’s become a regular member of the United States Men’s National Team set-up, as well, and is a hopeful for the squad as they prepare for the World Cup in Brazil in June.

For a player known for intensity and competitiveness on the pitch, Omar is a disarmingly nice dude in person. A Galaxy fan favorite, Omar has made Los Angeles his home for the past 4 years, exploring the city and following the LA culinary scene. He and fellow Galaxy defender AJ DeLaGarza repped their squad on Thursday night at UNDFTD in Santa Monica — unveiling a collab clothing line between the Galaxy and the LA-based sneaker shop.

Are you a sneakerhead? Earlier on in my life it was hard for me to get nice kicks, because I would get ‘em dirty so fast. But I do collect some sneakers now, and try to keep ‘em clean (laughs). This is a place I’ve come to get some pretty unique shoes because Undefeated has some cool collaborations.

Favorite classic kicks? I do like Chuck Taylors — I actually came here to get the Chuck Taylors when they collaborated with Missoni.

You wear adidas when you play — has it been interesting to see the technological innovations they’ve incorporated into soccer shoes? Yeah — any athlete wants an edge, some little edge to be a bit quicker, to be able to get to the ball faster, shoot better. And the colors that they’re coming out with are pretty insane.

How many soccer shoes do you go through, with training and games? I run through quite a lot of boots in a single season. In any given season, I go through something like 10 to 15 pair… but that’s because once a shoe starts to stretch a little bit I ask for a new pair. I like my foot to be nice and snug and a new boot always feels better to me.

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Lakers 3 Point Chime Sound Revealed

What’s the chiming sound they play at Staples Center when the L.A. Lakers score a three pointers? It’s the same type of sound as the famed “Westminster Chime“, which according to Wikipedia  is the most common name for a melody used by a set of clock bells to chime on each quarter hour. The number of chime sets matches the number of quarter hours that have passed. It is also known as the Westminster Chimes, or theCambridge Chimes from its place of origin, the church of St Mary the Great, Cambridge.

But the specific version the Lakers use is from the opening of 90′s tune “Workaholic” buy 2 Unlimited. Peep the video above if you don’t believe it. How was this tone selected? We’d love to find out– does anyone know someone at Staples Center or AEG?

Interview with Jeff Pearlman, Author of Showtime: Magic, Kareem, Riley and the Los Angeles Lakers Dynasty of the 1980s

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Jeff Pearlman grew up in New York, but loved the Lakers. He’s now turned that love into a fascinating new book on our favorite team, and their exploits in the 1980′s. We caught up with Jeff for a quick Q&A… 

What fact that you uncovered surprised you the most about the Showtime Lakers?
 That, in 1979, Jerry Tarkanian agreed to become the Lakers’ coach. Then his agent was murdered and he returned to coach at UNLV.

What do you think is the biggest public misconception about Showtime?
That Magic was all about partying and sex and living the showbiz life. Truth is, the man was a dogged worker who put basketball far before anything else. Yes, he enjoyed the fruits. But he was a Laker.

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Lakers History ~ Kevin Yoshioka

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Painted by Kevin Yoshioka.

Will Kobe Debut the Same Night at the Lakers’ New Black “Hollywood Nights” Uniforms on Nov 27th in Brooklyn?

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Black Mamba in a black uniform? With Kobe now cleared for basketball activities and practicing with the team, could his return day coincide with the Lakers’ new black “Hollywood Nights” Jerseys? The black uniforms, which Mamba models above, will be worn 6 times this year– all of them at home, but curiously the first date will be an away game.

Kobe loves to play in NYC, and the jerseys are clearly designed to part Lakers fans with their money, and what better way to sell them to the public then at Kobe’s first game back with the team?

Here’s what the homies at Uni Watch had to say about “Hollywood Nights”:

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