Let’s cut through the Istanbul here:
Kobe Bryant, a well-compensated spokesman for Turkish Airlines, would have little trouble finding free transport for a 12-hour non-stop should he decide it’s worth his time playing hoops in Turkey this fall, locked out of the NBA.
But in undertaking this individualistic quest, wouldn’t that weaken the NBA players’ union in their negotiations?
Or worse, would it further weaken Kobe’s bone-on-bone, plasma-enriched knees, even if he’s able to talk a tryptophan-induced coach out of making him practice?
== By the way, did you know most domestic turkeys are too fat to even consider flying?
== The Angels can afford to dump starting pitcher Scott Kazmir (with $7 mil left on his current deal and $2.5 mil owed to buy out 2012), and then reel in 19-year-old outfielder Mike Trout (left) to join 21-year-old rookie starting pitcher Tyler Chatwood and 23-year-old rookie All-Star reliever Jordan Walden to help them chase down the AL West title.
Yet, the bankrupt Dodgers, last in the NL West, can’t afford to let cut loose starting pitcher Hiroki Kuroda (making $11 mil this year going 6-10, and 34-40 in his 100 L.A. starts) or infielder Rafael Furcal (making $13 mil with a .195 average), have already sent down fan favorites Dee Gordon and Jerry Sands, and refuse to promote L.A. product Trayvon Robinson (17 HRs, 47 RBI, .303 in 73 games at Triple-A) as a starting left fielder – when the later three combined can’t be making more than the guy taking your $15 for parking each night at Dodger Stadium?
== And cutting ties with Steve Garvey will get more fans on Frank McCourt’s side? Or just speed up the resale process?
== At what point is Russell Martin the lone Yankees rep on the AL All-Star team?
== Chip Kelly . . . too late to duck trouble? Or is that the $25,000 question?
== The European golf tour is changing its logo, upgrading it to include a silhouette in honor of the late Seve Ballesteros.
The PGA Tour says the golfer in his follow-through that it has attached to its logo isn’t anyone special – not Johnny Miller or Jack Nicklaus or Tom Weiskopf. Or Jerry West.
Better yet, why not give the Nationwide Tour a little separation and have bust out its own logo with the outline of Happy Gilmore?
== When you did a Google Maps search for Pyeongchang, South Korea, site of the 2018 Winter Olympics, did your computer seize up, too?
== George Brett is telling Derek Jeter that his 3,000th career hit is going to be one tough task.
Just as tough as it was for Brett?
Going 4-for-4 in a late September game at Angel Stadium in 1992, the future Hall of Famer for the Kansas City Royals grounded a pitch off the feared Tim Fortugno past an immovable Ken Oberkfell at second base and into right field for hit number three grand.
Then he got picked off first base while taking it all in.
== Former L.A. Sol sister Marta wouldn’t dare fold up against the U.S. team in Sunday’s World Cup quarters, would she?
== How large can Yao Ming live in a retirement community without being constantly asked to turn the TV channel up on the monitor in the main rec room?
== If only to have Ashley Judd back on pit row, why wouldn’t Auto Club Speedway do all it can to welcome the Indy-Car circuit coming back to Fontucky?
== What if the Lakers were to somehow deliver Lamar Odom on the New Jersey Nets’ doorstep – of course, during a three-way trade with Minnesota that sends Kevin Love back to L.A.?
Would that create a scenario where L.O. and Kris Humphries net a deal for their own Kardashian-related reality series spinoff? Or is it all relative?