Tuesday, November 25, 2014
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TLN co-creator Chris “LD2k” Manning sat down with Clipper Darrell and ESPN to talk about what being a Lakers fan is all about. Darrell talked about Clippers nation. Give it a read…

ESPN: This weekend the City of Angels is the setting of an escalating struggle with distinct battle lines. In a situation that’s unique to Los Angeles, two NBA teams have been coexisting there for 26 years, and this weekend they will clash as their home city hosts the 60th NBA All-Star weekend. It’s Laker Nation versus the Clipper Clan in the Battle of L.A. 2011.

With two teams, neither of which originated in Los Angeles, taking part in hosting the NBA’s most exciting weekend, the question is raised: who really runs this town?

On one side there’s the Clipper Clan, led by faithful commander Darrell Bailey aka Clipper Darrell , a 10-year season ticket holder and the team’s most vocal fan. Every night the stout man in red, white and blue leads Clipper faithful in “U-G-L-Y” chants, underscoring the underdog spirit that characterizes Los Angeles’ unglamorous team. Darrell is an L.A. legend representing the average man. After losing his job and being told he would never amount to anything, he put his faith in a team residing at the bottom of the league and became its biggest cheerleader. In good times and bad (mostly bad, for Clippers fans), you can catch him cruising around town in his tricked out red, white and blue 1995 7 series BMW, complete with Clippers interior. With the NBA All-Star weekend in his city he is ready to represent his team every day, all day.

Hop on the freeway to Hollywood and you’ll find the ultra-sophisticated Laker Nation, led by Chris Manning, co-creator of TheLakersNation.com, a go-to site for all news and rumors related to the team. With the Lakers’ 17 championships, Manning knows his team has bragging rights and intends to show the world just that during All-Star weekend. Manning created a motto for all Laker fans to live by: “One Nation, under Phil, Kobe’s invincible, with Laker Girls and free tacos for all!” Under this mantra, Laker Nation bleeds purple and gold together.

Continue reading “The battle for L.A.”

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Laker Legend and NBA logo, Jerry West, will have his long overdue statue unveiled today in front of STAPLES Center.

The unveiling will be open to the public, if you’re in the Downtown area — ceremony begins at 5:00 PM in STAPLES Center’s Star Plaza.

Make sure to follow us on Twitter for live updates.

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Today and tomorrow, the NBA All Star festivities will be gracing Los Angeles! While tickets have been ‘NBA Finals’ expensive, we have located some great deals for you.

If you’re looking to attend Sunday’s game, now is the time to get your tickets. While the average ticket price is $2,453 (+22% this week), there are still plenty of seats available for less than $400.

You can see all of the remaining ticket deals here, and be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest ticket information.

Here are some valuable All-Star links:

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Between Kobe Bryant playing with flu-like symptoms, the Lakers’ downward spiral of perimeter shooting, the 24 personal fouls committed, and the fact they were playing the Charlotte Bobcats – did we really expect a well-played night on the fourth game in five days? In short – yes, we sure did. After winning their first four games on this Grammy trip, and then falling to the Orlando Magic by double-digit points, it wasn’t the wildest idea to expect a better effort in tonight’s game. Unfortunately, the Lakers’ heads appear to be elsewhere, maybe home, because they were hardly present in Charlotte.

They began the game on a positive note, with Derek Fisher’s (6 points on 3-4) running layup followed by jump shots from Kobe Bryant (20 points on 8-20, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block), Andrew Bynum (9 points on 3-6, 6 rebounds, 2 assists) and Pau Gasol (17 points on 6-9, 10 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 steals), to take an 8-2 lead. The Bobcats missed their first seven shot attempts and didn’t score until four minutes into the game. It would’ve been a good opportunity for the Lakers to take advantage, but after hitting their first four field goals, they missed their next five (three of which were layups). Charlotte took a 22-20 lead before the first quarter ended and never looked back.

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UPDATE – The networks will be available to all satellite, cable and telco distributors in the Lakers’ territory, which includes all of Southern California, Nevada and Hawaii.

In what will likely be a major power shift in L.A. sports broadcast, the Lakers have reportedly inked a new 20-year deal with Time Warner Cable, acquiring rights to distribute local broadcasts. The deal will send the Lakers to a new sports network in time for the 2012-2013 NBA season.

Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand was the first to break the news.

Shocker: Time Warner Cable and the Los Angeles Lakers Sign Long-Term Agreement for Lakers Games, Beginning With 2012-2013 Seasonless than a minute ago via web


The new deal will strip Fox Sports West and KCAL 9 of all Lakers broadcasts. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

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The (38-17) Los Angeles Lakers are in North Carolina to face the (23-31) Charlotte Bobcats.

The Purple and Gold suffered their first loss of the Grammy road trip and it appeared that they didn’t put in a full day’s work.

They lost to a team that was struggling, losing nine consecutive times to teams with a winning record. They allowed the Magic to shoot a high percentage from behind the arc as well as allow Dwight Howard to dominate in the second half. Had they just knocked down all of their free throws it would have been a six-point game.

The one positive to take away from the loss in Orlando is that the Lakers STILL have not allowed 100 points in five road games.

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We may have wanted that perfect road trip too badly. The Lakers appeared to be on their way after four solid wins in a row, but after taking down the Celtics and the Knicks, the defending champs may have gotten too overconfident. Yes they’d won a championship on Orlando’s home floor before and yes they were riding a wave of much improved play, but maybe, they’ve reached the fatigue point on this road trip because honestly, they really let this one get away from them.

Where to begin? How about, after allowing the Orlando Magic to shoot 5-11 from behind arc, the Lakers only allowed 2-12 the rest of the game but let Orlando biggest weapon take charge. Dwight Howard (31 points on 13-16, 13 rebounds, 3 blocks) had three fouls before the first half ended, but played consciously, while still being aggressive, and just dominated the game. He scored on dunks from timely lobs, layups and hook shots. No one but Howard and Jason Richardson (12 points on 5-15) scored in double figures, and Orlando didn’t necessarily shoot the lights out, but they weren’t bad at 49% from the field. At least they hit 8 of their 10 attempts from the free throw line.

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The (38-16) Los Angeles Lakers are in Florida today to face the (34-21) Orlando Magic. The Lakers are 4-0 on their Grammy road trip and the recurring theme has been locking teams up defensively. Their defense has not allowed 100 points to an opponent, so far, on the road.

Several people outside of the Lakers Nation have openly questioned if this team could make a fourth straight appearance in the NBA Finals. There has been a lot of talk about something not being right with them. The current road trip is serving notice to all of the naysayers, that the defending champions are prepared to defend their crown.

The Lakers are STILL the champions and teams need to adjust to them and not the other way around.

The Purple and Gold road show has landed in Orlando. The Lakers continue their business trip with a matinee against the Magic. The Lakers have displayed the defense, energy, effort and high activity level that the we are accustomed to seeing.

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Join David Brickley, Jason Riley and Gregory Small as they broadcast the Voice of the Nation from the Fox Sports Radio Studios.

Rundown

  • Lakers finally beat a “Top Opponent”
  • Phil calls on a Sports Psychologist  to talk with team
  • Lakers Beat the Knicks at the Garden
  • A.C. Green and James Worthy discuss how it is to go for a 3-peat
  • CarMELO-drama is OVER
  • “The Black Mamba” joins Conan
  • Khloe Kardashian and Lamar Odom Commercial – Lame or Genious?
  • Kobe Bryant not opposed to playing in Europe
  • Around the NBA
  • Sasha says he can score 20-30 a night…if he wanted to!

Additional Audio

  • AM570 KLAC
  • K-CAL/K-CBS
  • NBA.com

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Download Link: Voice of the Nation – Episode #116

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That was easily the best alley-oop I’ve ever seen in person. That ball looked like it was headed ten rows deep.less than a minute ago via Twitter for BlackBerry®

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…The Lakers are back in a town near you and they’re not leaving without a victory.

The Knicks had an 11-3 lead early in the first quarter and they really thought they had something good going. Raymond Felton (20 points on 7-12, 7 assists, 3 steals) couldn’t miss and the Lakers were turning the ball over like no one’s business. Then that Kobe Bryant character hit a three-pointer, and it was all downhill from there.

Kobe Bryant hit his first four shots of the game and finished with 19 points on 7-9…in the FIRST quarter. It looked like the makings of another huge night for Bryant but sadly, he “only” finished with 33 points. Tell that to Danilo Gallinari who, in the third quarter, stepped back and forth, side to side, and tried, really tried, to stay on Bryant. But a crossover here, a stutter step there, and the Italian import was left wondering how and when Bryant launched that three. Bryant not only shot 12-17, 4-7 from behind the arc, but he also had 10 rebounds. His five turnovers notwithstanding, the magic of Madison Square Garden was apparent in him tonight and it permeated through the rest of the team.

With a two-point lead after the first quarter, the Laker reserves stepped in with Pau Gasol (20 points on 9-16, 6 rebounds) to make their own contributions to the game and did they put on a show! Shannon Brown (12 points on 6-10) intercepted a pass and made his way to the hoop for an uncontested, thunderous dunk. Steve Blake (8 points, 7 assists, 2 steals) passed to a cutting Lamar Odom (14 points on 5-10) for an easy hoop. Then Blake lobbed a pass to Brown who received the ball in his right only to slam in a two-handed dunk that had all of Madison Square Garden oooh-ing and aaah-ing. Even Luke Walton (8 points on 4-6, 4 assists) had the New York crowd chanting Luuuuuuuuuuuuuke! By the time the starters returned to the game, the lead was up to 10 points, which turned into 14 by the half-time break.

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The (37-16) Los Angeles Lakers will perform on the Madison Square Garden stage tonight taking on the (26-25) New York Knicks. After dispatching the Celtics in Boston, the Lakers are 3-0 on their 7-game Grammy trip.

Several pundits will downgrade the win, but the fact of the matter is that the Lakers went into hostile territory, overcame obstacles, battled back into the game after being down by double-digits and came out with a much-needed signature victory over one of the elite teams in the NBA.

The Lakers, winners of four of their last five games, have improved their record against the NBA’s elite to 2-6. The determining factors in the victory were their defense in the fourth quarter, rebounding, balanced scoring, executing down the stretch with Kobe Bryant closing the show.

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The Lakers improved to 3-0, on their Grammy road trip, as they beat their rival Boston Celtics 92-86 at the TD Garden.

Kobe Bryant started out as a facilitator only scoring three points in the first half, but turned it on in the 2nd by scoring 20 of his 23 in the final two quarters.

Pau Gasol, Andrew Bynum, and Lamar Odom were all in double figures as they combined for 46 points, and 31 rebounds, taking advantage of the mismatch they had down low with the O’Neal’s out of the lineup.

The only “signature” win the Lakers had before this game was a win against the Bulls. Now, being able to add a win against the Celtics, on the road, to their resumes only helps their argument that they still have what it takes to win a third straight title.

David Brickley host of Voice of the Nation gave you his post-game thoughts on the big win in Boston

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With the Lakers off to a poor start, trade rumors have begun to swirl around Kobe Bryant, leading many to speculate if he'll leave for greener pastures. Kobe puts those rumors to rest in his interview with Yahoo Sports.