Read­ers put the hurt on Magic

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I found Bill Shaikin’s brief piece on Magic John­son’s com­pany-line take on the ca­ble tele­vi­sion squab­ble to be in­ter­est­ing. As one who does not sub­scribe to Time Warner Ca­ble, I was en­cour­aged by his telling us that there are meet­ings in progress and work be­ing done. I sus­pect, how­ever, that the rea­son he couldn’t give us any of the specifics of th­ese meet­ings is that he has not been in­vited to at­tend.

Bud Chap­man

Northridge

Magic John­son is delu­sional if he thinks the Dodgers’ TV sit­u­a­tion isn’t hurt­ing the brand. For those of us who (a) refuse to lay down a king’s ran­som to at­tend a game and (b) are lucky enough to call DirecTV our ca­ble provider, those Frank McCourt days now don’t seem so aw­ful. As bad an owner as he was, McCourt did un­der­stand one of the cardinal rules of sales and cus­tomer loy­alty: Never treat some­one so poorly that they no longer care.

Mike Kichaven Sher­man Oaks

So, Magic John­son said he does not be­lieve that not be­ing on TV is hurt­ing the Dodgers brand? Yeah, sure, and the Lak­ers are go­ing to be in the NBA Fi­nals this year.

Scott Daloisio

Chino

I think he should drop the Magic and use his real new name, Cor­po­rate John­son.

Alan Matis Sher­man Oaks

To those who lament not get­ting the Dodgers’ games on tele­vi­sion, I’d sug­gest you haven’t missed much worth­while lis­ten­ing. You’ve got the road games with Charley Steiner try­ing to win “homer of the year,” Orel Her­shiser ex­plain­ing the the­ory of pitch­ing in 20,000 words or more and No­mar Gar­ci­a­parra ed­i­fy­ing us on why only a great hit­ter can square up a back­door slider thrown with a low arm an­gle and a counterclockwise ro­ta­tion. Then you’ve got the home games with Vin Scully in­form­ing us that the pitcher’s grand­mother was a ter­rific soft­ball player while in ju­nior col­lege and that the bat­ter was hit­ting only .143 with a two-strike count against left-handed pitch­ing dur­ing day games.

I caught a Padres tele­cast the other day. Dick En­berg was so re­fresh­ing just call­ing a ball­game. It’s too bad he wasn’t work­ing alone.

Bart Robert­son

Tor­rance Tuned in late to Sun­day’s Dodger game and Charley Steiner was still go­ing on about how bad Clay­ton Ker­shaw was the night be­fore. Get over it! Ker­shaw is a hu­man be­ing, not a ma­chine, and hu­man be­ings will have bad days. A wise man once said, “In the depart­ment store of life, sports, af­ter all, is the toy depart­ment.” Let’s keep it in per­spec­tive.

D.G. Ar­tis

Wood­land Hills

Work of Arte

We’ve all seen those ded­i­cated young men whose job in a pa­rade is to trail the horses with their pooper scoop­ers, clean­ing up the ex­cre­ment. I’d imag­ine right now that is the way the public re­la­tions staff of the An­gels feels, try­ing to clean up the mess from owner Arte Moreno and Josh Hamil­ton.

Bob Kar­ge­nian

Yorba Linda

So Arte, I know you’re used to al­ways hav­ing your own way, but now it’s time to suck it up, be accountable, sell a few more bill­boards and live up to your end of the deal.

No one had a gun at your head when you gave Hamil­ton a ton of money. I guess you didn’t no­tice Josh couldn’t quite make con­tact with An­gels pitch­ing dur­ing his last half-sea­son with Texas.

Jack Von Bu­low

Tem­ple City

At least it’s over

Re: “Worst team in fran­chise his­tory?” [April 14]:

Surely you jest. The worst team in Lak­ers fran­chise his­tory is the cur­rent Lak­ers man­age­ment team, which has brought us the worst Lak­ers on-court team in fran­chise his­tory.

Ed­die Dawes Ha­cienda Heights

Be­fore dis­tanc­ing our­selves from this dread­ful Lak­ers sea­son, let’s give By­ron Scott his due credit. Dealt an aw­ful hand, he tied his tie for ev­ery game, coached to win, and an­swered all the ques­tions af­ter­ward. He is a model of pro­fes­sion­al­ism. If and when the Lak­ers’ ship is ever righted, By­ron Scott de­serves to be at the helm.

An­thony Moretti

Lomita

It’s nice to know Nick Young is se­ri­ous about his game.

Ster­ling Buck­ing­ham

Canyon Coun­try

Clip-clop

In the 2012-13 sea­son, the Clip­pers, led by a “sec­ondtier,” low-salary coach, had a team-record 56 wins and made the play­offs. The team fea­tured two All-Stars, a cen­ter who wouldn’t play for the coach, and pos­si­bly the strong­est bench in the NBA. The coach was re­warded by be­ing fired, an ac­tion that was en­cour­aged by the two All-Stars.

In this 2014-15 sea­son, the Clip­pers, led by their well­known, mul­ti­mil­lion-dollar coach/GM and a now-mo­ti­vated cen­ter, stormed into the play­offs with a 56-26 record in spite of hav­ing no small for­ward and a poor­per­form­ing bench.

Con­grat­u­la­tions are in or­der for the Clips. But I’m hav­ing trou­ble con­vinc­ing my­self that they have made any progress. I don’t have the same prob­lem with the Lak­ers!

Dick Ter­rill

Tor­rance

Course of ac­tion

Tiger Woods seems to be go­ing through an amazingly tough streak. A num­ber of weeks ago he with­drew from a tour­na­ment be­cause he claimed he couldn’t en­gage his glutes. Then, Sun­day at the Masters, he claims he popped out a bone in his wrist, but luck­ily he was able to pop it back in. Not sur­pris­ingly, his in­juries all oc­cur when his brain re­al­izes he’s not play­ing well and he won’t win the tour­na­ment. I’d merely sug­gest he en­gage his tough­ness and not look for ridicu­lous ex­cuses and stop look­ing for sym­pa­thy.

Marcelo Barreiro Man­hat­tan Beach

Tak­ing noth­ing away from Jor­dan Spi­eth’s out­stand­ing play, but the PGA Tour bet­ter get back to the drawing board and fig­ure out a way to keep th­ese guys from shoot­ing Ber­muda Dunes num­bers. The Masters is a ma­jor. We want to see guys sweat. Add rough to Au­gusta, and tuck in those pin po­si­tions.

Like most golfers, I en­joyed watch­ing a young gun like Spi­eth de­fy­ing the odds. But I couldn’t stand the fact that he ac­tu­ally got to 19 un­der with four holes left. This is the Masters, not the Bob Hope Clas­sic.

Mark Mozilo

Pasadena

Closed out

Af­ter do­ing a lit­tle re­search, I find it cu­ri­ous that the Kings’ play­ers bar­ri­caded the dress­ing room doors to keep Dar­ryl Sut­ter out af­ter a 4-2 win against Tampa Bay on Feb. 7. The box score doesn’t sin­gle out any spe­cific player as hav­ing a bad night, and the team leader, cap­tain Dustin Brown, was ac­tu­ally a plus-1 for the game with three hits.

Com­ing into that game Brown was on a stretch of two goals in 26 games in­clud­ing a zero-for-17 stretch. Our cap­tain also scored a grand to­tal of one goal against a play­off team this year among his 11. Since it ap­pears he can no longer take the heat of a lit­tle crit­i­cism while wear­ing the “C” [I’m sure his mi­nus-17 this year had some­thing to do with that], it’s time to move the let­ter over to No. 8 [Drew Doughty] and maybe see if Dean Lom­bardi can give the cap­tain an op­por­tu­nity to re­new his game in, say, Buf­falo.

Craig Kisro Granada Hills

Kings fan: I still can’t be­lieve I watched my team get elim­i­nated from the play­offs.

Lak­ers fan: Your team made it all the way to April?

Dodgers fan: Your team’s games are on TV?

Drew Janner

El Se­gundo

How’s 1-0 sound?

USC closed spring prac­tice with an 85-play mod­i­fied scrim­mage. They are go­ing to open the 2015 sea­son with an­other mod­i­fied scrim­mage. Arkansas State?! Are you kid­ding me?

Gerry Swider Sher­man Oaks

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Seth Wenig As­so­ci­ated Press

MAGIC JOHN­SON DIDN’T make any fans with his lat­est state­ments on the Dodgers’ ca­ble sit­u­a­tion.

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