Lakers News: ESPN Drops Another Nationally Televised Lakers Game

Lakers News: ESPN Drops Another Nationally Televised Lakers Game


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Another nationally televised game for the Los Angeles Lakers has been dropped. ESPN will no longer air the matchup between the Lakers and the Brooklyn Nets on Feb. 23 according to Mike Bresnahan of the L.A. Times:

As a result of ESPN choosing to broadcast the Houston Rockets against the Phoenix Suns, the Lakers have lost three nationally televised games this season and there might be more to come.

One of the main reasons for the lack of interest in the Lakers on a national stage has been the absence of Kobe Bryant. The superstar guard has only played six games this season and there’s no telling when he’ll return to the floor.

Despite many believing that Bryant should just shut it down this season, the future Hall of Famer has been adamant about his desire to get back on the floor before season’s end.

With 32 games left for the Lakers this season, the team appears to be headed toward a high draft pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. Although the team was reluctant to admit this is a lost season, things have changed recently with GM Mitch Kupchak saying that Lakers will get a lottery pick.

Needless to say, the season couldn’t end soon enough for this team in order to start picking up the pieces in the off-season by drafting well and possibly bringing in a few big-name free agents.
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  • john cox

    Nice work Jim Buss,Mike Dantoni kill a Brand in just over a year….150 mil a year in TV deal and you can’t put a Team on the Floor??

    • eclipse vader

      they all hurt, what part of that dont you understand.

    • hookedonnews

      How are Mike D’Antoni and Jim Buss responsible for Kobe’s injury (and the other injuries)? That’s the reason they’re canceling games. You should be mad at ESPN if you’re going to be mad at somebody. We’re still the Lakers, and we should have some of our players back by then. Really tired of them canceling our games. I hope that Phoenix/Houston game is a blowout that gets super low ratings.

  • Jim213

    Business is business, nationally televised games calls for more appeal (competitive game). Although, if Kobe was around (usual form) doubt they’d drop the game.

  • Kenneth C. Taitt

    I just can’t believe that Mike D’antoni still has a job….

  • Mack

    This is a sad state of affairs. If there was ever a need to remove the A _ _ hole running the Lakers it is now. D’Antoni needs to be with him when they hit the street. I’ve been a Laker fan since the days of West and Baylor; but this year I can’t even nor do I desire to watch any of their games. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE get Buss the hell out of there.

    • hookedonnews

      You’re not going to get rid of Jim Buss, so you might as well get used to it. There’s no way to get him out of there unless they sell the team. The reason this game is being canceled is because Kobe won’t be playing, and the reason for the lousy record is that the best players on the team have been injured or less than 100% most of the season. That can’t be blamed on Buss or MDA. The Lakers are rebuilding. It happens to every team from time to time. If you’ve been a fan that long, this is not the first time you’ve been through a difficult season with the team.

  • Matt Williams

    ESPN is a joke and has been for years. So no surprise.