Home to SoFi Stadium, the Crypto.com Arena, the Rose Bowl, BMO Stadium and more, the City of Angels is also one of the best places to catch a game. For LA sports fans, there’s never a dull moment. In no particular order, here are some of LA's biggest sports stories of 2023.
Sho-Time Comes to Hollywood
Newly acquired Los Angeles Dodgers designated hitter Shohei Ohtani. (Photo by Brian Rothmuller/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) (Getty Images)
It's officially Sho-Time in Hollywood. Superstar Shohei Ohtani announced his move up the 5 Freeway after he left the Los Angeles Angels and signed a historic contract with the LA Dodgers worth $700 million.
- Dodgers ticket prices soar after Shohei Ohtani signing, data shows
- 2-time MVP Shohei Ohtani signs with Los Angeles Dodgers
Yoshinobu Yamamoto joins the Dodgers
Days before Christmas, the Dodgers reportedly signed ace Yoshinobu Yamamoto to a 12-year deal worth a whopping $325 million.
With a roster filled with superstars, the Dodgers look to be on the verge of a league takeover.
LeBron James Becomes the NBA’s All-Time Leading Scorer
No matter how you feel about LeBron James, there is no denying his greatness on the court. The four-time champion and 19-time All-Star only further cemented his legacy after he became the league’s all-time leading scorer, surpassing legendary Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ceremoniously hands LeBron James #6 of the Los Angeles Lakers the ball after James passed Abdul-Jabbar to become the NBA's all-time leading scorer. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) (Getty Images)
James Harden Becomes a Los Angeles Clipper
A few games in the 2023-24 season, Los Angeles native James Harden finally got his wish and was traded from the Philadelphia 76ers to the LA Clippers, joining fellow Southern California natives Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Russell Westbrook and Norman Powell.
Harden had an eyebrow-raising introductory press conference, and his sound bite of "I’m not a system player, I’m a system," dominated the headlines. Harden’s start with the Clippers was a disaster marked by a six-game losing streak. However, after some growing pains, chemistry-building and roster adjustments, the Clippers then shocked the league by winning nine games in a row. After some grueling holiday losses, the Clippers remain determined to win the franchise's first championship.
- James Harden to LA: Clippers land 10-time All-Star in blockbuster trade
- James Harden discusses taking ‘unselfish’ role with Clippers: ‘I’m happy to be here’
Lakers 2023 Playoff Run
It’s a sports story that didn’t necessarily have a happy ending, but the way the Los Angeles Lakers were able to turn things around after a grim start to the 2022-23 season was remarkable. After beginning the season with a 0-5 record, Lakers head coach Darvin Ham made the necessary adjustments and at the trade deadline, the Lakers front office made some roster moves that would better complement stars LeBron James and Anthony Davis.
The Men in Purple and Gold then went 43-39 in the regular season, knocked out the Minnesota Timberwolves in the play-in tournament and went on to the Western Conference Finals. Unfortunately, their season ended in a sweep. LeBron James was so frustrated with how the season ended, he even temporarily considered retirement.
- Lakers get swept by Nuggets in West finals
- LeBron James retiring? Future for NBA star unclear after Lakers loss
Dodgers Short-Lived Playoff Run
Simply put, the Los Angeles Dodgers did not show up in the playoffs and every player on the roster looked like a shell of themselves. Despite winning 100 games in the regular season, the postseason was a disaster and was a collapse for the record books. The "Boys in Blue" couldn’t get a single win and were swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the first round of the playoffs.
Bronny James’ Miraculous Comeback
Over the summer, University of Southern California freshman Bronny James suffered cardiac arrest while practicing with his teammates on campus.
Bronny James #6 of the USC Trojans. (Photo by Katelyn Mulcahy/Getty Images)
Four months later, he was given medical clearance to play basketball again and made his college game debut against Long Beach State. Bronny James made his debut in a packed house at the Galen Center with his dad, NBA superstar LeBron James, in attendance on Dec. 10.
In addition, LeBron James said he's dedicating the 2023-24 NBA season to Bronny following the scare.
- Bronny James, son of LeBron James, rushed to the hospital after suffering cardiac arrest at USC
- Bronny James: Officials release frantic 911 call after USC freshman’s cardiac arrest
- Bronny James makes college debut at USC 4 months after cardiac arrest
- Lakers Media Day 2023: LeBron James dedicating season to son Bronny
San Bernardino Native Jayden Daniels Wins the Heisman Trophy
Quarterback Jayden Daniels of the LSU Tigers and his parents pose with The Heisman Memorial Trophy .(Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images) (Getty Images)
LSU quarterback and San Bernadino native Jayden Daniels won college football’s most prestigious honor and was named the year’s Heisman Trophy winner. Not only did he win the Heisman Trophy, but he was also named the AP College Football Player of the Year. What a way to end his college career!
- LSU QB, San Bernardino native Jayden Daniels wins 2023 Heisman Trophy
- Jayden Daniels, Inland Empire native and dazzling QB for LSU, wins AP college football player of the year
Daniels will enter the 2024 NFL Draft.