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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.

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Lakers Acquire Chris Paul in Trade with Hornets, Rockets

The Los Angeles Lakers have agreed in principal in a move to acquire Chris Paul from the New Orleans Hornets in a three team trade that also involves the Houston Rockets. Talks between the three teams had been heating up in recent days and on Thursday afternoon the discussions finally came to a head. According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports the deal breaks down as follows: The Lakers will send Pau Ga ...

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Lakers Should Use Amnesty on Metta World Peace

Now that the season is practically assured of happening (knock on wood) one of the big questions facing the Lakers will be which player to choose for amnesty, a clause by which the club could release a player from it's roster, avoid paying luxury tax penalties for said player and free up salary cap space all at the same time. There are several conceivable candidates to exercise such an option on, from Luke ...

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The Top Fan Gear to Bring to a Lakers Game

Part of being a Lakers fan living in Los Angeles means attending home games and part of attending those games is getting the most bang for you buck while at the same time demonstrating your true Lakers love. Whether it's apparel that represents your Lakers pride or technology that squeezes out more enjoyment from the live experience, it's just more fun to go to a Lakers game when you're bringing along some ...

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NBA Players Reject Owners Offer, Will Disband Union and File Lawsuit

On Monday afternoon the NBA Players Association met in New York with what some categorized as the fate of the NBA season hanging in the balance. The result: the players unanimously decided to to reject the owners latest proposal and effectively end negotiations. Executive Director Billy Hunter said that the "Collective bargaining process has completely broken down..." and added, " It was a system under whic ...

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Stern Gives NBA Players Take it or Leave it Offer

After an eight and a half hour negotiating session that extended from late Saturday night into Sunday morning, the NBA and it's players emerged without a deal in place, but there is an open offer on the table. Commissioner David Stern said that the NBA owners have agreed to recommendations made by federal mediator George Cohen and offered a proposal to the players reflecting those changes. The highlights of ...

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Matt Barnes Announces Split from Fiancee Gloria Govan

Lakers reserve forward Matt Barnes has announced he is splitting with his fiancee, Gloria Govan. The couple, who have a pair of twin sons together, were previously set to be engaged last year but ultimately called off the wedding. Rumors of Barnes' infidelity swirled around the star the following spring though in an interview with essence.com last month Barnes and Govan seemed like they were looking forward ...

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I Love Basketball, I Hate the NBA

Last week I wrote about the logical reasoning behind the owners hardball strategy against the NBA union. I argued that a sustained lockout was profit maximization in it's purest form, that the owners held such a bargaining advantage over their counterparts that there was simply no point in giving ground. But what I glazed over in that argument was the perspective of the ticket buyers and the TV watchers, th ...

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The NBA Lockout is Completely Logical

In the past few days I've witnessed many basketball writers bemoan the lack of common sense exhibited by the owners and players in failing to reach an agreement in the eleventh hour of negotiations of the NBA lockout. In particular, both Chris Sheridan of Sheridan Hoops and Ken Berger of CBS Sports (who coincidentally have both done some incredible reporting on this story)  held steadfast to their optimism ...

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Drew League Gets Big Payback Against Goodman in Long Beach

At 4pm the crowd at the Pyramid in Long Beach had already wrapped around the arena waiting to punch their tickets in. By the time they had filled the seats inside the anticipation was palpable, as if the people in the stands might tip over and spill on to the hardwood with the slightest nudge. The thirst for NBA quality basketball was on full display. The match up between the Drew League and Goodman League ...

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Drew League and Goodman League Set to Battle this Week

For many NBA fans watching coverage of the lockout is like pulling teeth but a welcome, if only temporary, respite is on the way. The rematch of the Drew League against the Goodman league is coming up at the end of the week and it will offer fans a chance to again see some of their favorite NBA players doing what they do best: play basketball. The much anticipated game comes after the Goodman squad, led by ...

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