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Posts Tagged ‘Ramona Shelburne’

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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Despite Colossal Dodgers Blunder, ESPN Opts for No Immediate Apology

LA Weekly reporter Gene Maddaus starts off his crackerjack expose of con man Dodgers bidder Josh Macciello with a dozen or so paragraphs about the duped January 2012 reporting efforts of ESPN journalists Steve Mason, John Ireland and Ramona Shelburne. To make a long story short, all three stumped for a guy eight zeroes short of any real shot at the MLB team.

Surprisingly, at least to FishbowlLA, there was no addressing of this issue at the top of this afternoon’s “Mason & Ireland” broadcast on 710 ESPN Radio. Separately, our efforts to get comment from Bristol, CT HQ generated an email response that “the network and hosts will be making no statement about this matter.”

As Kevin Roderick noted in a blog post late last night, several other LA journalists got the Macciello story wrong. But it all started with the January introduction and recall on ESPN of this individual as a vetted entity.

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ESPN.com Dribbles Out Lame Phil Jackson Debate

Although today’s “Is Phil More Chicago or LA?” feature on ESPN.com grates nowhere near as hard as the endless hits-chasing countdown lists that roll out of BleacherReport.com each month, it still smacks of August dog days journalism mixed with some how-do-we-fill-the-NBA-lockout-gap wordsmith sweat. ESPN Chicago Hall of Fame framing tag notwithstanding.

Jon Greenberg puts forth the Windy City arguments, followed by Ramona Shelburne on behalf of the City of Angels. FishbowlLA’s favorite part of the latter essay is as follows:

Jackson may not have been part of the scene here, or even wanted to be a part of it. But this is a town full of men from other places. At his core, that’s who Jackson has always been. An outsider to the conventions of the tight-knit NBA fraternity.

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