It’s hard to avoid the hint of straight-ahead sensationalism when covering a tragic death like the one that claimed two-year-old Garden Grove toddler Lucas Anthony Tang at the Sunday November 21st game at Staples Center between the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State Warriors. The young child somehow climbed over the glass barrier of a third-level luxury box and fell to his death below.

But senior AOL NBA writer Sam Amick ably circumvented that journalistic pitfall the next night after a Clippers-Hornets game at the same location. In speaking with former Laker Trevor Ariza, now a member of the New Orleans team, he found a unique way to examine the bigger and long-lasting effects of this type of terrible turn of events.

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