Paul Clegg

Paul Clegg I have played basketball from the streets of New York City to the playgrounds of Berkeley and the athletic clubs of Sacramento. I was a longtime copy editor and writer at The Sacramento Bee.

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Sleaze factor surfaces at arena subsidy trial

Jun 25, 2015

When I was growing up in Queens, one of the older guys who hung around Braddock Park got a job selling tires. He was a smart guy who always knew a quick way to make a buck. The store he … Continue reading

Reflections on a complicated father-son relationship

Jun 22, 2015

While reading many touching tributes to fathers yesterday on Facebook, I wondered what it must be like to have a father who elicits such positive emotions. I don’t hold rosy remembrances of my father, although I do remember his large … Continue reading

Good looks are part of the equation

Jun 17, 2015

Back in my dating days, I had many first meetings that started with a coffee date. The idea was to get a sense whether things might go anywhere without slogging through what might be an uncomfortable, expensive dinner date. In … Continue reading

Letting go of the past isn’t so easy

Jun 15, 2015
Letting go of the past isn’t so easy

    In a 1960 column from my high school newspaper, I’m tabbed as a future star of the varsity basketball team at Martin Van Buren High School in Queens. A few paragraphs later, Robert Savio is mentioned as the … Continue reading

Journalism and self-help book on collision course

Jun 10, 2015

Here’s yet another thing I don’t get: Why would people with seemingly good professional credentials promote themselves as life coaches and then publicly write things so nonsensical or utterly simplistic that they undermine their own credibility? I mean, why not … Continue reading

Sacramento politicians tell voters to get lost

Jun 8, 2015
Sacramento politicians tell voters to get lost

  If you get the feeling Sacramento city politicians are telling the majority of local voters to go to hell, you’re definitely not imagining things. Last November, wary voters wanted no part of Mayor Kevin Johnson’s strong-mayor proposal. They rejected … Continue reading

Kings star DeMarcus Cousins won’t buy Ranadive’s basketball theory designed for girls

Jun 3, 2015
Kings star DeMarcus Cousins won’t buy Ranadive’s basketball theory designed for girls

When you think about the story of David and Goliath, you don’t automatically think about Sacramento Kings majority owner Vivek Ranadive and his star center DeMarcus Cousins. But there is a link to be drawn, and it doesn’t bode well … Continue reading

A rug deal goes down under the freeway overpass

Jun 1, 2015
A rug deal goes down under the freeway overpass

  After  more than two decades of collecting antique rugs and woven tribal pieces, I still like the hunt. I go to local estate sales and antique fairs hoping that my specialized knowledge will pay off in a great find. … Continue reading

When moral principles won out over basketball ambitions

May 27, 2015

In a world of moral compromise and rationalization, it’s uplifting to read about a man who did the right thing at the right time. That man was the Rev. John Lo Schiavo, who served as president of the University of … Continue reading

Equal play for equal pay, says this old basketball player

May 25, 2015

I’m no longer a dominating basketball player. I can’t say I deserve to play every minute of the game because I’m better than my teammates. I am, at 69, an average player in the Capital Athletic Club B league. But … Continue reading

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