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Brian Champlin

Brian is Director of Business Development for LakersNation.com and the creator of TouchdownLA. You can follow Brian on Twitter @bchampla.

Number of Entries : 70

Lakers Wife Kristen Blake Dishes Out Assists Off the Court

Kristen Blake isn't used to being in the spotlight. With husband Steve suiting up for the Los Angeles Lakers it's usually he who finds himself in the media's glare. But recently Kristen has found herself garnering her fair share of the attention. Luckily, it couldn't be for a better cause. As her thirtieth birthday approaches, friends and family have been prodding Kristen for what she wants for the special ...

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Announcing the Winners of The Ave T-Shirt Giveaway

Not only did the Lakers deliver a convincing victory  on Wednesday again the Dallas Mavericks, but a few lucky Lakers Nation fans also earned themselves new shirts from our friends at The Ave in Venice. Pau Gasol had the first dunk for the Lakers with a put back flush early in the first quarter while Ramon Sessions delivered the first three-ball of game. Here are five  fans who were first to correctly guess ...

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Larry Bird Would Rather Play with Kobe over LeBron

Lakers' fans know Larry Bird as one of the most fearsome competitors in the history of basketball. They also realize that he'd probably be the last person to heap praise on anything to do with the current Lakers team. But at least in the case of Kobe Bryant, it's a case of greatness recognizing greatness. In an interview on the B.S. Report (the Bill Simmons podcast) Bird said that if he could choose any cur ...

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Super Bowl Party Planning for Lakers Fans

It's safe to say the eyes of Lakers Nation will drift away (at least momentarily) from the hardwood on Sunday, instead squarely focusing in on the match up between the New England Patriots and the New York Giants as they battle for football supremacy in the world's most watched sporting event. With kickoff rapidly approaching we thought we'd take a diversion from our normal hoops talk to prep for the big ga ...

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Derek Fisher: Numbers Mean Nothing

It hasn't been a pretty season for Derek Fisher. Though his assists have been up, his scoring had dipped to a paltry 4.3 ppg coming into Monday night, his lowest average since his rookie season. Likewise, his shooting has been, how shall I put it, horrific. Besides being 4-20 from the three-point line Fisher was shooting a career low .338 from the field before the Lakers' matchup with the Mavs. And let's no ...

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Is Lakers’ Kobe Bryant the Frontrunner for MVP?

 I get it. It's early. Very early. Probably far too early to be discussing the race for MVP in an NBA season that's barely one sixth of the way over. But you know what? That's the luxury of sitting on the sidelines and picking the action apart from where we sit. We can indulge in ridiculous discussions and speak in broad hypotheticals. And so I wonder, could Kobe Bryant be the early season frontrunner for M ...

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Lakers Should Model Themselves after ’99 Spurs

For Lakers' fans paying attention in this lockout shortened 2011-12 campaign the early returns have been a mixed bag. The team's 4-3 start is hard to quantify in some ways since the absence of Andrew Bynum for the first four games via suspension may have cost them a win or two. But surely even the most casual fans can recognize some of the missteps thus far. The turnovers, the inconsistent three point shoot ...

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Lakers’ McRoberts Could Become a Fan Favorite

Josh McRoberts may not be the 'big deal' acquisition that Lakers' fans were hoping for this off-season, but that doesn't mean he won't become an important part of L.A.'s rotation. In fact, over time I'd argue that he'll end up being one of Staples Center's most cheered players coming off the bench. Because McBob (or is it McRob?) came essentially at the exact same moment that Lamar Odom departed, fans are g ...

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Kobe Still Not Happy about Lakers’ Trading Lamar Odom

In an interview with Jim Rome on Monday Kobe Bryant expressed his continued displeasure about the trading of Lamar Odom to the Dallas Mavericks. Earlier this week Odom was dealt to the NBA champions for a first round draft pick and a trade exemption. The deal was reportedly at the behest of Odom, who requested a trade in the aftermath of revelations from days earlier that he was about to be traded to New Or ...

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Nets Accused of Tampering with Dwight Howard

Did the New Jersey Nets hold an illegal meeting with Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard? That seems to be the implication if you follow some of the rumors swirling in and around the major news media outlets on Friday morning. According to a report filed by Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports the Magic may even be considering filing tampering charges against the Nets in light revelations of the alleged secre ...

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