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Lakers-Rockets Matchup No Longer Set To Be Broadcast On ESPN Reviewed by Momizat on . [caption id="attachment_89707" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports[/caption] The loss of Kobe Bryant is starting to be felt by the [caption id="attachment_89707" align="aligncenter" width="900"] Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports[/caption] The loss of Kobe Bryant is starting to be felt by the Rating: 0
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Lakers-Rockets Matchup No Longer Set To Be Broadcast On ESPN

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The loss of Kobe Bryant is starting to be felt by the Los Angeles Lakers not only in the win-loss column, but also in the team’s ability to attract a national audience. As one of the few teams in the NBA that gets many nationally televised games on an annual basis, the franchise is use to massive exposure on a national level every single season regardless of the players on the team.

Unfortunately for the Lakers, this season is a special circumstance with Bryant only playing six games thus far and Dwight Howard signing with the Houston Rockets in the off-season.

Ironically enough, the first Lakers game to be flexed this season is a rematch with Howard’s Rockets on Jan. 8.

According to ESPN’s Arash Markazi via Twitter:

Despite the fact that the last meeting between the Lakers and Rockets was highly entertaining and ended with a game-winning shot by Steve Blake over Howard in Houston, ESPN has decided the Phoenix Suns facing the Minnesota Timberwolves is the more attractive game for their viewers on Jan. 8. With Bryant out six weeks and potentially unable to return until February or March, the first showdown between Bryant and Howard might not take place until Feb. 19 or possibly April 8. Both games will be played in Los Angeles at the Staples Center.

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  • Sti1lmatic

    LoL that sucks
    Doesn’t matter because I’ll watch it regardless.

  • LakersHeatBeef

    So what.

  • GM Jack

    It was surprising that in 2010, the Lakers did not plan for Lebron.

    Now, we lost DH. I understand most Lakers fans do not like to talk about it. But, it is the fact. He walked with nothing in return. Was sign and trade not an option, for future first rounds pick.

    Honestly, Kobe has had his time. Like Kareem, had to concede to Magic.

    It is time Kobe concede to a young Super Star.

    We appreciate the legacy, but, we want to move on and win.

    We are Lakers we only expect the best. Kareem was arguably the best in the League when he was acquired in 1979, Magic was the best in his Era, Shaq was the best player when he was acquired by the Lakers, and Kobe developed in to the best in the League.

    That is what Lakers are about.

    The Lakers missed on Lebron, for the World, still we do not know why and how. Please do not make excuse that we did not want him. Lakers want the best players. Also, Lebron is polite and professional, that fits in with the Lakers legacy.

    Lakers are in the business of going after the best players, not one of the best, but the best.

    Let us not miss on Durant when he becomes available, unless there is someone else on the wing that is the best.

    Durant and Love and Irving must be on the radar, unless something changes.

    It is not like the fans are financially supportive of the Lakers. Lakers are spending money.

    Is it time for a new GM. I understand this is sensitive topic. But, even the great Jerry West had to go at some point. And, make not mistake the, the last two big super star on the Lakers, Shaq and Kobe, were the brain-child of Jerry West.

    • Matt Williams

      What does any of this have to do with the Lakers vs Rockets not being broadcast on ESPN?

    • Robert Bahr

      U r a fuck*ng idiot

  • Rusty Morris

    Boooooo that means I don’t get to see it

  • Jim213

    Sign of things to come given that Jim Bust and Kupcake have placed a team who at best may end up being a 500 avg. team. However,time to prove otherwise for this roster.

  • Steel Bill Moreland

    I am a Laker fan,so I will watch every game.I have the sports package so I get to watch all the games.I am just waiting to see D’Antoni brake his leg ang get put on injured reserve for the rest of the season.That is the only way we will come away with a winning season.Then his contract will be up and we can ge us a real coach.

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