L.A. Lakers make NBA television history with Spanish broadcast

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Time Warner Cable Deportes launched on October 1 as the first Spanish-language regional sports network in the country and the first ever, to broadcast the Los Angeles Lakers in Spanish.  This is also the first time in the history of the NBA that a team will be followed this closely by an American-based sports network that will speak to the Latino community.

There has been some movement towards this in the league.  The Chicago Bulls recently extended their Univision radio agreement and the Orlando Magic will now be broadcasting their games in Spanish via their website.

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BEST AND MOST DOMINANT BASKETBALL PLAYER(S) IN 1950’S

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If you ask a lot of people who he or she thinks is the greatest basketball player of all time, I bet most people would say Michael Jordan. Some might say Wilt Chamberlain. Some might say Magic Johnson. Unique skill-sets are what set players apart from one another. LeBron James was supposed to the “next” MJ coming out of high school.

But we soon found out that his skill-set resembled Magic Johnson’s more than MJ’s. I would say that Kobe Bryant will be the closest thing to Jordan that we will ever see in the NBA.

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Shaquille O’Neal: The Future GM of the Orlando Magic?

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It’s interesting how things work. Everything seems to come full-circle more times than not. Shaquille O’Neal was drafted by the Orlando Magic way back in 1992. He spent four very productive years with the Magic before leaving Disney World for Los Angeles. Remember that O’Neal left for more money. Now, it’s reported that he might have an interview for the GM job of the Magic.

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Lakers trade Luke Walton and draft pick to Cavaliers

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We’ve got another NBA trade to report breaking at this hour. The Cleveland Cavaliers have sent Ramon Sessions and Christian Eyenga to the Los Angeles Lakers for Luke Walton, Jason Kapono and the Lakers 2012 first round draft pick.

The Lake show also gets the right to swap 2013 1st round picks with the Miami Heat. This pick is top 14 protected (Hoops World.com)

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Top 5 NBA inside-outside combinations of our generation

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Terms like “the modern era” and “a generation” are very gray by definition. Charcoal level gray.

The NBA as we know it today pretty much began in 1984. It was the year of that transcendent draft class, and the time when David Stern really first asserted his dictatorial power.

It’s also when the game started to go mainstream and the league transformed itself into the marketing/branding juggernaut it is today. Therefore, it’s the perfect year to start when compiling my list of the top inside-outside combinations in NBA history.

Well this generation’s NBA, the “Modern NBA.”

Perhaps someday we’ll do this list again and add the Los Angeles Clippers Chris Paul and Blake Griffin to it?

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Ron Artest’s First Game as Metta World Peace: Lakers Fans React

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L.A. Lakers fans have plenty to worry about: their franchise Kobe Bryant has ligament strains that make him questionable at best for the opening Christmas Day game versus the Chicago Bulls. And off the court he’s getting taken to the cleaners financially in his divorce. Then there’s the Clippers, who are actually becoming a rival in Tinsel Town. Actually, expectations might be higher for the Clips than LAL.

And then there’s Ron Artest who officially became Metta World Peace last night. And the results weren’t pretty. To see such a marquee, expensive player struggling like this. Well both Ron Artest and Metta World Peace were trending on Twitter last night.

Here’s some of the best and most interesting reactions from Twitter that tell the story.

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L.A. Lakers Sign Troy Murphy

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Well it isn’t the Chris Paul trade, but then again not every NBA team in Los Angeles can be the Clippers. There is that obscure little team called the Lakers too.

Yesterday, the Lakers signed former Notre Dame star Troy Murphy to a one-year deal for the veteran’s minimum, worth $1,352,181, which is a set figure by the league for all players with 10 or more years experience.

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Ding Dong, Mavericks will Soon make L.A. Lakers Dead

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Dirk Nowitzki and the Dallas Mavericks are proving they are no fluke in the Western Conference semifinals, taking a commanding 3-0 lead over the former two-time defending champion Los Angeles Lakers.

“Beat L.A.” was the chant Friday night that energized the Mavericks to a 98-92 decision in Game 3 on their hardwood at the sold out American Airlines Center. Nowitzki capped off the night with 32 points and nine rebounds. Jason Terry and Peja Stojakovic added a total of 38 points.
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Lakers vs. Mavericks: NBA Playoff Series Preview

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The last time these two teams squared off against one another, four players were ejected.

With the Lakers holding a comfortable 90-73 lead in the fourth quarter, Steve Blake drove to the basket, past the cement-shoed Jason Terry, who, being beat, pushed Blake in the back to the hardwood.

Tempers flared, testosterone levels quickly rose, and a chest-bumping match quickly ensued between Blake and Terry.

As Jack Nicholson looked on through purple lenses, the confrontation escalated. Skinny Artest, also known as Matt Barnes, came to Blake’s aid, charging after Terry like a pissed off Spanish bull, nostrils flaring. Brendan Haywood met Barnes, pointing his finger at him as Barnes walked the sidelines of the Mavericks bench when Mavericks assistant coach, Terry Stotts, attempted to calm Barnes, and was slung to the ground. An oval mouthed Mark Cuban cried all the while in the background behind the Mavericks bench.
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NBA Western Conference Playoff Preview

It’s been wild out in the West but the playoffs are finally set and there are several great matchups. Much like the East, the first round could be very unpredictable and the best teams may not be in the Finals. The fifth seeded Denver Nuggets have looked outstanding since the Carmelo trade, yet they must play the Oklahoma City Thunder in the first round.

The Thunder are the young, exciting team that most people think are ready for a breakout year after taking the Lakers six games last year in the first round. Los Angeles is the second seed and is hoping for another three-peat, but they are limping into the playoffs, losing five of their last seven. Dallas has never fared well in the postseason and nobody is giving them much of a shot and then there are the San Antonio Spurs, sitting atop the bracket with the number one seed.

Like always, it seems the Spurs are the forgotten team for some reason despite posting the best record in the West.

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Denver Nuggets Still Looking Dangerous Post Carmelo Anthony

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Just in case there were any doubters out there who didn’t think the post-trade Denver Nuggets could make some noise in the playoffs, they should be convinced now. The streaking Nuggets won their sixth consecutive game Sunday afternoon. And it was the most impressive win of the season.

Heading into Los Angeles to face a Lakers team that had won nine consecutive games and were looking to track down the San Antonio Spurs for the top-seed in the Western Conference, this figured to be a good litmus test for Denver.

And the Nuggets passed that test with flying colors, beating the Lakers 95-90 and stunning the L.A. crowd.
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Cleveland Cavaliers Knock off the Los Angeles Lakers? Yes, Really

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The last time the Cleveland Cavaliers played the Los Angeles Lakers, they were nearly doubled up on the scoreboard. When I saw the 112-57 final following that first meeting, I thought it was a mistake. I know the Cavs are bad, but how on Earth do you lose an NBA game by 55 points?

So knowing what happened in the last meeting, you would say heading into last night’s match up between the two teams that the probability of the Cavs pulling the upset was about as likely as Congress agreeing on healthcare.

So then a healthcare solution everyone agrees on is forthcoming, right? Not likely, but the Cavaliers did achieve the unthinkable Wednesday night-they beat the mighty Lakers-and that’s NOT a misprint.

By Adam Satorius

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