The Forum in Inglewood was best known for decades as being both fabulous and the home of the Los Angeles Lakers, back from the Jerry West era and through Magic’s “Showtime” teams. Then in 2001 the Lakers moved downtown to Staples Center, and after that the Forum went through some rough times. Then several years ago the Madison Square Garden company (owned by Knicks owner James Dolan) bought the Forum, fixed it up, and started booking it again.
In case there were ever any doubts about how Kobe Bryant plans to approach his retirement, an anecdote from billionaire investor and "Shark Tank" personality Chris Sacca illustrated pretty definitively that it will be with the same obsessive competitiveness that defined his basketball career. Appearing on Bill Simmons' podcast to discuss a slew of topics, Sacca shared a terrific story about his interactions with Bryant. Sacca said that a few years back, he reluctantly took a meeting with Bryant because the basketball star wanted to discuss some business ventures and the startup world. Sacca told Simmons that he was skeptical about Bryant not only because he wasn't a basketball fan, but because he had witnessed many professional athletes treat business like tourism, barely dipping their toes into the world and learning how it works.
The Red Sox may have found the answer at third, calling up top prospect Rafael Devers from Triple-A.