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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

Glimmer of Hope for NBA Lockout Negotiations

For all the doom and gloom taking hold in the aftermath of an apparently fruitless meeting on Tuesday there still might be reason for hope in the NBA lockout negotiations. According to Ken Berger of CBS sports commissioner David Stern, deputy commissioner Adam Silver and Spurs owner Peter Holt met up in a private side bar with union president Derek Fisher and outside counsel Jeffrey Kessler along with two o ...

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Michael Vick’s Story of Rebirth Has Familiar Lakers Flavor

Earlier this week Michael Vick signed a six year, $100 million contract with the Eagles and so far the reaction from the media has been predictably mixed. Some applaud the man for turning his life around after serving a prison sentence for being convicted of dog fighting. Some feel his crimes were so heinous that he doesn't a deserve the accolades now being laid upon him. Still others are just puzzled as to ...

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Lakers Say Hello To World Peace, Goodbye to Ron Artest

*Update - ESPN Land O Lakers report that the Judge has delayed the name change due to Traffic Warrants. DOH!* So today is the day it becomes official. The Artest formerly known as Ron-Ron is no more. Meet the new guy suiting up for the purple and gold, #70, Metta World Peace. But as we welcome this addition to the Lakers family what I'm wondering is even with a new name, a new persona and a few arbitrary he ...

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Lessons Jerry Buss Needs to Teach Jim About Running the Lakers

Well at some point in the not too distant future the NBA lockout will be ending and we'll be able to return to the joy of watching basketball at it's highest level. I think. Or at least I hope. And when it does Jim Buss will be one step closer to taking full control of the Los Angeles Lakers. With his father ceding more power over to the son in the coming years Lakers fans are (rightfully) a bit nervous abo ...

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Could an NBA Lockout be a Blessing in Disguise for the Lakers?

Basketball fans are surely in a dour mood today. The announcement that the NBA lockout was officially upon us was decidedly unsurprising and yet no less depressing for the extended notice. I'd wager to say that I'm not alone in holding a bleak outlook for the prospects of an agreement being in place before the scheduled start of the season. Both sides are digging in hard and there is little impetus to negot ...

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Lakers Ron Artest a True Character by Any Name

Mr. Wolf from Pulp Fiction said it best, "Just because you are a character doesn't mean you have character." When I apply this quote to Lakers small forward Ron Artest I sit back and wonder. Clearly Ron-Ron is one of the most outrageous personalities to have ever played in professional basketball but is there more to him than a collection of out of control moments and crazy antics? Artest, or Metta World Pe ...

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Horry’s Loss Reminds Us to Keep Things in Proper Perspective.

Most Lakers' fans will recall Robert Horry as I do. They watched him from afar and observed him to be the  consummate role player and teammate. He was the cog that always seemed to fit, a player who was rarely flashy or dominant but always saved his best performances for when the team needed him most. In crunch time he was, cliche as it sounds, never afraid of the moment. Yet this fearlessness was not born ...

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My 5 Least Favorite Memories of Shaquile O’Neal

With Shaq's retirement tweet sending waves through Lakerland earlier this week everyone has on their rose colored glasses looking back at the greatness that was Shaquile O'Neal. But not me. For at least this one day I'm going to take the cynical road and reflect about a few things that always bothered me about Shaq's career. Here's a short list of my worst memories of the big fella. 5. Fat Shaq One of the t ...

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Biggest Threat to Lakers’ Future is Looming Heat Dynasty

Over the past week all the chatter in Lakerland has focused intently on the hiring of new coach Mike Brown. Fans have lambasted it, media scrutinized  it, critics have voiced their concerns over his hire and how Lakers management handled the whole process. If you were in Los Angeles during Tuesday's introductory presser you realize how folks here were treating it. It's not the announcement of a new coach, i ...

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Biggest Mistake Lakers Could Make is Trading Pau Gasol

Sometimes the blame game is the only game in town. When the season is over, when your team has exited the court amid disappointment and embarrassment, feelings of bitterness are bound to take hold. Over the past few weeks Lakers fans have made their frustrations abundantly clear. There have been many soft targets to go after. Bynum's disgraceful foul on Barea, the bench's lack of production, Lamar's distrac ...

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