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Lakers’ appeal reaches far and wide

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Posted March 05, 2009 - 11:41 AM

Spanish radio broadcaster Jose “Pepe” Mantilla was visiting a small town (population 5,000) in the Mexican state of Oaxaca, when he noticed something unusual but really not surprising.

Adorning one of the backboards of a outdoor basketball court was a purple-and-gold Lakers sticker, no doubt placed there by a faraway fan.

“That’s how far-reaching the Lakers are,” Mantilla said. “I mean, you can go anywhere in the world — England, the Czech Republic — and mention ‘Lakers’ and people will know you are talking about basketball. The word ‘Lakers’ means basketball.”


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