L.A. Examiner: Theme nights during the season are usually a bad idea.
The Los Angeles Lakers don’t have many, since they have no problems drawing fans, but the ones I usually see are unfortunately reminiscent of Disco Demolition Night.
However, the Lakers found a gem Tuesday night with “Noche Latina,” a celebration of Latin heritage in Los Angeles and in the NBA.
The Lakers took care of the Memphis Grizzlies, 99-89, but the game itself was simply the undercard.
The first, most obvious change the Lakers made was altering their home whites to read “Los Lakers,” but that was just the beginning.
Every commercial break was accompanied by spicy mariachi music, and then followed by a series of local Spanish-language commercials. Who knew Jack in the Box ads were even funnier in Spanish?
Those were some nice touches, but the highlight of the evening was the three minutes of the game that we got to hear Fernando Gonzalez and Pepe Mantilla do play-by-play.
If you tuned in during this portion of the game, you may have thought you had mistakenly tuned in to an international soccer match. The passion was tangible, and I was just waiting for them to scream “GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAL!!!” when Sasha Vujacic knocked down a three.