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.”