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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Self-acceptance helps when painting a room

Feb 23, 2015
Self-acceptance helps when painting a room

  Age has brought a touch of patience. I took the cabinet door off before I started painting the small upstairs bathroom. In my first two houses, I painted over hinges, telling myself the overall new look would far outweigh … Continue reading

Cousins has little to gain from game plan of new Kings coach

Feb 18, 2015
Cousins has little to gain from game plan of new Kings coach

“He might be our best passer.” That’s what George Karl, the new coach of the Sacramento Kings,  said about DeMarcus Cousins, according to this morning’s Sacramento Bee.  Karl was talking about his plan to experiment to see how to best … Continue reading

Competition, equality and riding the bench

Feb 17, 2015

At Braddock Park, the playground in Queens where I learned so many life lessons, you had to earn your way onto the big-guys court. The rule was that winners stayed on the court. No one wanted to be saddled with … Continue reading

Kings coach Corbin shows more class than his bosses

Feb 11, 2015
Kings coach Corbin shows more class than his bosses

  If you can keep your dignity and decency while those around you are acting like jerks and low-lifes, then you’re  – Tyrone Corbin, the coach of the Sacramento Kings. Corbin has shown class under fire while Kings primary owner … Continue reading

McClatchy’s generosity to retiring executive strikes sour note

Feb 9, 2015

Why does a newspaper chain give a big incentive award to a retiring executive who has seen widespread layoffs, declining revenue and profits, and a plunging stock price on his watch? Executive loyalty, I suppose. Those at the top take care … Continue reading

Who will win and lose in arena game?

Feb 4, 2015

“As arena rises, hotel projects bloom,” exclaimed Tuesday’s front-page story in the Sacramento Bee. The article touted the planned 250-room hotel adjacent to the emerging Kings arena downtown, a $24 million hotel at Sacramento International Airport and a transformation of … Continue reading

Bald eagles, hiking and nail polish

Feb 2, 2015

I gave up my basketball games Saturday morning to go in search of bald eagles in the Cache Creek Natural Area about 70 miles northwest of Sacramento. My wife and I had signed up for a free guided hike that … Continue reading

The murky moral jungle of the basketball court

Jan 28, 2015

My nephew Robert, a thoughtful and enthusiastic basketball player, raised the issue of players who intentionally break the rules out of sight of the referees and then say, “It ain’t  a foul if the ref doesn’t call it.” Aren’t such … Continue reading

Owners of Kings show how to win at money game

Jan 26, 2015

It’s a new year with the same old story: the rich get richer while the working folks come up short. The owners of the Sacramento Kings have seen the value of their franchise increase to $800 million, according to a … Continue reading

“Selma” provides no bridge over troubled water

Jan 22, 2015

I still believe that freedom is the bonus you receive for telling the truth. Ye shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free. – Martin Luther King Jr., March 14, 1968 speech. In the contentious arena of … Continue reading

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