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ESPN Doesn’t Confirm Report That Bill Simmons Will Join NBA Studio Show

In the latest sign that Bill Simmons is the most powerful man at ESPN, the columnist and man behind Grantland will reportedly join ESPN’s NBA studio show this season.

Simmons and former Orlando Magic head coach Stan Van Gundy would replace Chris Broussard and Jon Barry, according to Sports By Brooks.

However, ESPN couldn’t confirm the report when contacted on Tuesday by FishbowlLA.

“We are in the process of considering all assignments for both returning and potential new commentator roles. As we’ve said before, Stan is someone we’d be interested in exploring,” said ESPN spokesman Ben Cafardo. “For Bill,  same applies, we’re exploring the best ways to utilize all of our talent, including Bill, this NBA season.”

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Hand the 2013 NBA Title to the Los Angeles Lakers?

Get ready for nine months of non-stop Los Angeles Lakers talk now that former Orlando Magic center Dwight Howard is headed to town.

Ben Bolch of the Los Angeles Times has already declared the Lakers the 2013 NBA champions:

Go ahead and mark it down, with a Sharpie: The Lakers will make it back to the Finals in 2013. And they will win it.

Listen, I get why folks are excited. But we’re talking about the 2013 NBA Finals in August when we don’t know the health status of Howard and how he will fit in with Kobe Bryant, who isn’t exactly the ideal teammate.

But I guess this is what happens when we don’t have a football team to focus on in the fall.

Welcome to Los Angeles, Dwight. And no pressure next season or anything like that to win.

Lakers, Clippers Win NBA Social Media Awards

The Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers walked away from the inaugural NBA Social Media Awards Wednesday night with some hardware.

The Lakers received the Social MVT (Most Valuable Team) award for having the largest social media footprint (Twitter and Facebook) during the NBA season.

The Clippers received the Fan Nation Award for the highest percentage of increased exposure across all social media platforms.

(Funny how you become more popular when you have a winning product on the floor.)

Individually, Kobe Bryant won a pair of awards (#TrendSetter Award and Thumbs-Up Award) for the most mentions on Twitter and likes on Facebook. Clippers star Blake Griffin won the Got Game Award for the fan-favorite team/play during the regular season.

Kobe Bryant’s NBA Jersey Most Popular in the World

We all know Kobe Bryant is a household name not only just in Los Angeles but across the world.

But in case you need further proof, Bryant had the top-selling NBA Jersey internationally this past season, based on sales at Adidas locations outside the United States.

Exact sales figures were not released but Bryant is tops in China, Latin America, and Europe.

The one list Bryant didn’t top this season was the most popular jersey in the U.S. — that honor went to Derrick Rose of the Chicago Bulls.

LA Lakers Are Champs of the Social Media World

While they might not be in the NBA Finals this season, the Los Angeles Lakers are the champions of the social media world.

Social media company Unmetric determined the Lakers rank as the highest social media team from the 2012 playoffs. Miami was second followed by Boston, the Los Angeles Clippers and the Chicago Bulls.

According to Unmetric, the scores are “a scientific blend of 24 qualitative and quantitative social media metrics, weighted and balanced to produce a single benchmarkable number.”

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Jim Rome’s Interview with NBA Commish Turns Ugly

Things got testy Wednesday morning when nationally syndicated sports talk show host Jim Rome asked NBA commissioner David Stern if the league’s draft lottery is fixed.

(The NBA owns the New Orleans Hornets — the team that won the top overall pick in the draft.)

When Rome questioned Stern about a possible fix, the snarky commish snapped back with the rhetorical question, “Have you stopped beating your wife yet?”

Awkward pause.

Stern went on to take cheap shots at Rome’s professional career before eventually saying “he had to go call someone important like Stephen A. Smith now.”

Shots. Fired.

Kobe Bryant Doesn’t Like Your Stupid Questions

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant has a long list of incidents where he comes off as an asshole, but Monday night wasn’t one of them.

Following a 119-90 loss to Oklahoma City, a member of the media mustered the courage (and stupidity) to ask Bryant if the Lakers could guard the Thunder.

Exit, stage left.

[H/T Larry Brown Sports]

Rejoice, Clipper Nation: ‘Clipper Darrell’ is Back

All is right again with Clipper Nation.

Darrell Bailey is back as “Clipper Darrell.” The Los Angeles Clippers super fan posted the following update Monday night:

It is with great enthusiasm and humility that I can officially report my return as “Clipper Darrell.” As a fan I am truly sorry and apologize for any inconvenience this incident may have caused. It was never my intention to create a distraction fueling a media uproar. However, I am overwhelmed by the outpouring of love and support I received, over the past week, when my status with the Clipper’s was in question. I had a cordial and productive meeting with Clipper management and we have a clear and precise understanding of my role. We will now work together to support OUR TEAM and continue the effort in bringing a WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP to CLIPPER NATION!

Kobe Bryant Fined for Skipping All-Star Media Day

It doesn’t pay to blow off the media.

Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant was fined $20,000 for skipping the mandated media press day during NBA All-Star weekend in Orlando. He was also slapped with an additional $20,000 fine for not attending a charity event on behalf of NBA Cares.

This is on top of the broken nose and concussion Bryant suffered at the hands of Miami Heat guard Dwyane Wade during the All-Star game.

Let’s see what kind of mystery illness Bryant comes down with in Houston next year during the 2013 NBA All-Star weekend.

Lakers-Heat Set Ratings Record on ABC

Nothing like two good teams and a hint of drama to help drive up TV ratings.

According to ESPN, ABC’s broadcast of Sunday’s Miami Heat vs. Los Angeles Lakers game was the network’s most-watched non-Christmas Day regular season NBA game ever with an average of 7,037,000 viewers and a 4.3 rating.

Viewership was up 37 percent (5,120,000 viewers) compared to last season’s game between the Lakers and San Antonio Spurs during the same weekend.

Locally, the game earned a 9.6 rating in Los Angeles and a 13.9 in Miami.

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