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Posts Tagged ‘Larry Brown’

NBCLA Mixes Up Its Los Angeles Kings

This time, the media-correction tweet came not from @LAKings but rather mascot @BaileyLAKings.

As Larry Brown notes in the aftermath of the above gotcha elements, it shouldn’t really be that hard for a TV newsroom employee with a team media guide to get their Dustin Penner‘s (top) and Jarret Stoll‘s (bottom) straight. But alas, NBC Southern California merits a double-penalty here for tripping:

Unfortunately, this is a recurring theme for the NHL Kings. It’s a Lakers town, and we see examples of that in the media on a regular basis. Good thing we have people like Bailey to at least make an effort to police it.

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Sports Journo Questions His Car Mechanic’s Media Etiquette

After a casual Tuesday conversation at a 76 gas station in Sherman Oaks turned into a hoops-nation.com report that Gilbert Arenas is hoping to join either the Lakers or Clippers, sports journalist Larry Brown ponders the media daisy chain. Partly because the source of the story is his car mechanic.

Brown grew up just a few blocks from this particular 76 station on Ventura Boulevard. He’s not surprised about the way the story was sparked, but still wonders if it was the right thing to do:

Someone like Arenas knows that everyone they come in contact with may have a Twitter or Facebook account, or have a connection to a blog, and that any type of information can spread quickly. If he doesn’t want something out there, he shouldn’t say it.

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SoCal Bloggers React to Bryant Gumbel ‘Plantation’ Remark

At the end of last night’s Real Sports HBO episode, host Bryant Gumbel shared a characterization of NBA commissioner David Stern that he knew would make some people “cringe.” He suggested that Stern’s actions and words during a recent media tour are typical of a “commissioner who has always seemed eager to be viewed as some kind of modern plantation overseer, treating NBA men as if they were his boys.”

NBC Sports blogger Kurt Helin writes this morning that “some players are saying very much this same thing when the microphones are off.” Larry Brown meanwhile compares this latest Gumbel brouhaha to some remarks the former Today Show host made five years ago about another commissioner, the NFL’s Paul Tagliabue.

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Andrew Bynum NBC LA ‘Scoop’ Derided by Media Observers

LA Lakers center Andrew Bynum is once again at the center of a media firestorm for elbowing his way into the territory of the less physically fortunate. Only this time, it’s not so much Bynum’s careless caught-on-camera violation that is being criticized but rather the tone of NBC LA staffer Joel Grover‘s exclusive report.

Larry Brown of the influential blog Larry Brown Sports says Grover is the real fool here for making such a big deal out of Bynum being filmed parking in a handicap parking spot in Westchester. His sentiments have been echoed by Ben Axelrod at SportsGrid.com and several other bloggers. Writes Brown:

Bynum is the same guy who rehabbed a knee injury by partying at the Playboy Mansion, and the same guy who delayed his knee surgery to attend the World Cup. It’s not as if he’s demonstrated sound judgment in the past.

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Cleveland Cavaliers Dunk on LA Sports Media

Oops. That’s all that can be said today in the halls of ESPN 710 AM radio following the Lakers’ embarrassing 104-99 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night at Quicken Loans Arena.

Among those rubbing it in: Cleveland ABC-TV affiliate Channel 5. With great glee, the station shares this morning the text of a pre-game promo heard on the LA station:

“Tomorrow, the champs are in Cleveland to get another quality practice in before the All-Star break. Oh yeah, the Cavaliers will be there, too. Doing what? Who knows?”

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