Los Angeles Rumors
The Lakers are a national phenomenon, with a fan base of 15.7 million people, behind only the Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees, according to ESPN research. However, more people in Los Angeles watch the Clippers than the Lakers when the games are broadcast on ESPN. And the Clippers are even making inroads among the celebrities; the likes of Rihanna, Jay-Z and Beyoncé are just as likely to sit in the front row when the Clippers’ red-and-blue-trimmed court is down as when the more familiar purple and gold is on the floor. Actor Anthony Anderson often sports Clippers gear on the TV show “Black-ish.”
Arash Markazi: NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is in Los Angeles today to announce that the Staples Center will host the 2018 NBA All-Star Game.
Just days after fans, players, coaches and media members endured subzero temperatures at a second consecutive, frozen-tundra style NBA All-Star experience, there’s hope of warmer days on the horizon: the sun-stained city of Los Angeles is the likely location for the league’s annual affair in 2018.
The All-Star Game is headed to Charlotte for 2017 and although nothing is official, league sources consider Los Angeles and Brooklyn to be strong favorites to land All-Star Weekend for 2018 and 2019. Cleveland has put in a bid for 2018. Sources say the league feels Brooklyn is deserving of its own All-Star Weekend in the near future since it shared the event with New York in 2015.
Pau Gasol has been in the NBA long enough to be painfully honest. That’s why the 15-year veteran was so blunt in the criticism of his own team after Sunday’s disheartening 120-93 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers. “We’re not disciplined,” Gasol said. “Yep. We’re not. That’s it. It’s true. It’s a fact.”