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MWP Teases Media Following Lakers Victory

Metta World Peace was in a cheery mood following the Lakers’ 113-93 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers Sunday night, but that didn’t stop him from jokingly taking shots at the local media.

From Mark Medina‘s Inside the Lakers blog:

“I blame the media,” World Peace said. “Let’s talk. I blame you guys. First off, you have low expectations for us. You’re trying to get a great quote.”

He then stands up mocking his a reporter’s voice. “Your defense was GREAT TONIGHT!!”

“Ok? It’s supposed to be against five rookies that don’t know how to play the game,” World Peace said. “They see Kobe and they’re just excited to be in Staples Center. They partied last night. And we’re supposed to win.”

“I blame you guys for the low expectations,” World Peace continued. “Then I blame you guys for not promoting the team. Too many times, you talk about great players and then a team comes in here and beats us because you don’t promote team.”

The media wouldn’t have such low expectations if the Lakers actually lived up to the expectations that Kobe and Co. set when the team acquired Dwight Howard in the offseason.

Something tells me World Peace’s tone won’t be as jovial if the Lakers are still under .500 a month from now.

[H/T NBC4 for the video]

TWC SportsNet Adds D-Fenders to Schedule

Time Warner Cable SportsNet, the new home of the Los Angeles Lakers, is adding 12 Los Angeles D-Fenders to the schedule starting this weekend.

The telecasts of the Lakers’ minor league team (though it would be hard to pick out the real minor league team based on the way Kobe and Co. have been playing) will be called by veteran broadcaster Steve Quis and former three-time NBA champion A.C. Green.

“We are thrilled to partner with Time Warner Cable SportsNet this season,” Joey Buss, president/CEO of the D-Fenders, said in a statement.  “This is an opportunity for our fans, Lakers fans and basketball fans to develop a connection with top D-Fenders prospects as well as Lakers assignment players, both of which are instrumental to the future of the Lakers and NBA.”

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Clippers Win Streak Sparks Momentous Locker Room Visit

The last time the Los Angeles Clippers won eleven straight NBA games, they were called the Buffalo Braves. So it’s no surprise that after Wednesday’s record-tying 11th victory over the New Orleans Hornets at Staples, some unusual activity took place in the locker room of the local NBA franchise not debilitated by a Steve Nash injury.

Per Arash Markazi‘s report on ESPN.com:

Clippers owner Donald Sterling walked into the room with an entourage of about 10 friends who normally occupy the center courtside seats at home games. It was the first time Sterling has entered the Clippers’ locker room this season and the first time many of the new players on the team had even met him.

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LA Angels Press Box on the Move in 2013

The baseball reporters that will swarm Angel Stadium in April for Josh Hamilton‘s debut won’t be sitting behind home plate during the 2013 MLB season.

The club announced Thursday that they are in the process of converting the press box into a luxury seating area, meaning the baseball scribes will now be situated down the right-field line.

“It really boils down to building revenue streams and finding as many ways as possible to grow,” Tim Mead, Angels vice president of communications told the Los Angeles Times. “In talking to other teams, the seating behind home plate is a prime area to do things.”

That’s one way of paying for Hamilton and Albert Pujols, I guess.

LAT Columnist T.J. Simers Strikes Again

He’s baaaaack.

With Jim Mora Jr. preparing for UCLA’s bowl game, Los Angeles Times columnist T.J. Simers took his act on the road and was in the face of Los Angeles Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni following their 100-94 loss on Tuesday to the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers.

Simers questioned D’Antoni about the team’s defensive work, and well, that didn’t sit to well with the man leading a Lakers team that looks absolutely dreadful.

Fair question at this point in the season when a team filled with superstars is 9-13 and are slowly sliding in the Western Conference standings.

If Simers traveled to wonderful Cleveland, you have to imagine he will be making the trip to New York when the Knicks host the Lakers on Thursday night.

For D’Antoni’s sake, I hope they find a way to pull off the upset.

T.J. Simers Proves He’s Still the Best at Irking Folks

As a Los Angeleno, I grew up reading T.J. Simers in the Los Angeles Times and hoped one day I could get under the skin of people through the power of the pen and speaking the truth.

All these years later, Simers is still finding ways to piss people off in this town, simply by saying what’s on his mind.

His latest victim was UCLA head coach Jim Mora Jr. following the Bruins rolling over to Stanford on Saturday night at the Rose Bowl.

A win over Stanford would have meant a Pac-12 title game rematch from last year involving UCLA and Oregon. The loss sets up another UCLA-Stanford battle on Friday in rainy Palo Alto — a much better scenario than traveling to Eugene and one of the rare times where it actually pays to tank.

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Bending the Tax Rate and Salary Cap Like Beckham

Those incredible feathery, looping cross-field passes from David Beckham to LA Galaxy teammates Landon Donovan and Robbie Keane will soon be a thing of the DVR. The MLS Cup on December 1 will officially mark the end of the Beckham Carson home field era.

On the occasion of Beckham’s imminent departure, International Herald Tribune columnist Rob Hughes reminds that the soccer star is responsible for not one but two major changes to sports league financial rules. There was the discounted foreign workers tax law enacted in Spain circa Real Madrid 20o3 (a.k.a. the Beckham Law). And an equally momentous amendment prior to the athlete’s AEG transition in 2007:

The MLS agreed to a “designated player rule” that, in effect, allowed Beckham, and then a few others, to be paid more than the rest of their teammates combined. A hallowed principle in many sports in the United States, the salary cap, was altered.

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Report: Lakers Give Mike Brown the Axe

Huge scoop for ESPN LA reporter Ramona Shelburne (pictured). According to her sources, the Los Angeles Lakers couldn’t even wait until the end of their first 2012-13 season homestand to see whether Mike Brown‘s Princeton offense could be salvaged. She says he was fired this morning:

After numerous discussions over the past 48 hours, Lakers management came to a unanimous decision that the team clearly wasn’t heading in the right direction and it was best to fire him now.

This speaks also to the power of a “death stare.” Even though Kobe Bryant laughed off the media’s interpretation of his Utah glare in the direction of Brown, looks like the Buss clan took it very seriously.

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USC Wants You to #BELEEVE in Marqise Lee

Move over, Matt Barkley.

USC is now throwing their support behind sophomore wide receiver Marqise Lee for the Heisman Trophy award with a new promotional campaign asking fans if they #BELEEVE in No. 9.

Despite their disappointing 6-3 record, Lee is having a remarkable season and is arguably the best receiving prospect in college football.

As always, a real slick video from the folks over at USC Athletics.

Jim Rome’s Filly Wins Breeders Cup Turf Sprint

Nationally syndicated talk show host Jim Rome has had quite the list of accomplishments over his 20-plus-year career.

He can now add Breeders Cup winner to the list.

Rome’s filly, Mizdirection, won the $1 million Turf Sprint on Saturday at Santa Antita Park.

Coming into the race, Mizdireciton was a 20:1 underdog before eventually falling to single digits.

The rich get richer.

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