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Bill Walton Goes Bill Walton During Broadcast

What happens when you give a loose cannon like Bill Walton a live mic in Las Vegas?

A couple of cringe-worthy moments for the suits at ESPN.

Walton was calling Oregon vs. Washington at the Pac-12 tournament Thursday night and dropped a couple of broadcasting bombs that had Twitter buzzing.

First up, Walton on Ray Lewis:

Walton is making a reference to Lewis’ 2000 arrest following a Super Bowl party in Atlanta. The retired linebacker officially joined ESPN as an analyst on Wednesday. Maybe the murder joke was just hazing on Walton’s part? Welcome to ESPN, Ray.

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Kobe Bryant Vents About Ankle Injury

 

Just when you thought this season couldn’t get any worse for the Los Angeles Lakers, Kobe Bryant suffered a sprained left ankle in the final seconds of Wednesday’s 96-92 loss to the Atlanta Hawks and is out indefinitely.

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Clipper Accused of Murder After Sick Dunk

If you haven’t seen it by now, Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan had the dunk of the year Sunday night vs. Brandon Knight and the Detroit Pistons.

The dunk was so vicious that not only did Twitter explode, but so did Jordan’s Wikipedia page. According to the Wiki, Jordan was charged for murder after his actions at Staples Center:

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Hugh Hefner Remembers Fellow Man of Leisure Jerry Buss

Playboy publisher Hugh Hefner was on ESPN 710 this morning with Max and Marcellus to give his remembrance of Lakers owner and fellow man of leisure Jerry Buss. Asked if Buss was a playboy, Hef replied “Well I really can’t speak from personal experience.”

Zing!

He continued: “He, as I have tried to do over the years, defied the limitations in terms of age and it was more than simply – he was young for his years and he had as many female friends as males, but he had a great many male friends, too. What he brought to the game as I say was unique and he will be truly missed.”

More transcripts here if you don’t feel like listening.

[Photo of Buss at October 30, 2006 Hollywood Walk of Fame induction ceremony: s_bukley/Shutterstock.com]

H/T Deadspin

Will Ferrell Crashes Lakers Game As An Usher Named ‘Ted Vagina’

When it comes to public hijinks, Will Ferrell is second to none… Well, second to Bill Murray actually. Still, pretty damn funny.

Ferrell was at last night’s Lakers game against the Suns dressed as an usher named Ted Vagina.  Lest you think Ferrell was just having fun, he was apparently there to promote his new movie. Shaq will apparently be featured in this film, because Ferrell angrily escorted him out of his courtside seats at one point during the game. If Shaq is going to show up at a Lakers game of his own volition, no way it’s going to be against a team as terrible as the Suns.

H/T Deadspin

Bill Walton Really Doesn’t Like Ben Howland

Former UCLA legend Bill Walton is an acquired taste when it comes to his broadcasting career.

Some find his broadcast style to be grandiose while others (like myself) think he’s a breath of fresh air who isn’t afraid to speak his mind.

For example, Walton didn’t hold back during Thursday’s ESPN broadcast of UCLA vs. Washington. Attendance at Pauley Pavilion was sparse to say the very least and Walton pointed the finger directly at Bruins head coach Ben Howland.

Via The Big Lead:

Pasch: “OK, well, that’s obvious. How do you play better basketball?”

Walton: “Better style.”

Pasch: “Alright, so, is that the coach? Is that the players?”

Walton: “It’s the coach.

Pasch: “So you’re not a Ben Howland fan?”

Walton: “No.”

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Elgin Baylor Memorabilia Auction Comes to the Rescue of Lackluster Lakers Season

There is hope after all. As the injury-prone 2012-13 Los Angeles Lakers limp towards the end of a miserable season, Julien’s Auctions has announced an unimpeachable purple and gold playoff season date – May 31, 2013.

That’s when various items from the life and playing days of Laker great Elgin Baylor will go on auction. Articles include:

Baylor’s 1959 NBA All-Star Game MVP Trophy; Baylor’s 1971-1972 Los Angeles Lakers NBA Championship Ring; LA Lakers game-worn warm-ups; Lakers rookie-year shorts; and a pair of Baylor’s Adidas game-worn shoes bronzed and presented to him at a talk show appearance.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Weighs in on Girls

Laker great and sometimes columnist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar hadn’t written a piece for Huffington Post in over three years. After blogging fairly regularly during the 2008 election, Kareem sat 2012 out. Today, however, he broke out of his slumber to randomly weigh in on the racial politics of HBO’s Girls–now well into its second season.

Last season the show was criticized for being too white. Watching a full season could leave a viewer snow blind. This season that white ghetto was breached by a black character who is introduced as some jungle fever lover, with just enough screen time to have sex and mutter a couple of lines about wanting more of a relationship. A black dildo would have sufficed and cost less.

Ha! Glad you woke up Kareem.

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Dodgers, Time Warner Announce Network

Get ready for a whole lot of Los Angeles Dodgers starting in 2014.

The Dodgers formally announced their new regional sports network in partnership with Time Warner Cable called SportsNet LA. Pending MLB approval, the deal is for 25 years and will be worth between $7-8 billion for the Dodgers, according to the LA Times. It ends a long back-and-forth affair between the Dodgers, Time Warner and Fox Sports on the future home of the baseball team after their contract ended later this year.

“We concluded last year that the best way to give our fans what they want — more content and more Dodger baseball — was to launch our own network,” Dodgers chairman Mark Walter said in a statement. “The creation of AMP will provide substantial financial resources over the coming years for the Dodgers to build on their storied legacy and bring a World Championship home to Los Angeles. Just as we are actively transforming the team and the stadium, we want the Dodgers to be exhibited on the very best sports network in the country — one that will provide an unrivaled fan experience.”

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No, the Los Angeles Kings Aren’t Moving to Seattle

New NHL season, same confusion about the local hockey team in Los Angeles.

Fresh off a playoff run that featured numerous flubs by the media, some people are still confusing the Los Angeles Kings (those guys who hit pucks) with the Sacramento Kings (those guys who are hitting the road for Seattle).

The screengrab above is from the New England Sports Network (NESN).

Have no fear, the defending Stanley Cup champs aren’t moving to Seattle. Some things will never change, I guess.

(H/T @mmayo17)

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