By Jonathan Danielson
If the NBA playoffs were held today, the Lakers wouldn’t even be in it. Currently, the new other team from Los Angeles is in tenth place in the Western Conference, and share a similar record with the Portland Trailblazers and Dallas Mavericks (with just a slightly better standing than the Minnesota Timberwolves, Sacramento Kings, and New Orleans
Hornets Pelicans Hornets).
But what don’t the Lakers have in common with those other guys? The fact that ESPN doesn’t follow every game, practice, argument, thought, tweet, or fart from the Blazers, Mavs, Wolves, Kings or whatevers in NOLA.
The Lakers are currently the most reported sub .500 team in the NBA. ESPN uses the splash screen of their website to break news when the Lakers beat the second worst team in the league, the Charlotte Hornets. When they lose, the channel reports the game as “Lakers lose to…” not “(Whoever) beats Lakers.”
Why? Because ESPN isn’t concerned about sports or news or even news about sports, their primary focus is ratings, ratings, ratings. And when the Lakers win, its ratings. When they lose, apparently it’s even bigger ratings. Who cares about the San Antonio Spurs, Oklahoma City Thunder, or even the New York Knicks? You know, teams who will actually make it and compete in the playoffs?
Nope, instead just sit back and relax and be surprised when you have no idea who won’t be playing the Lakers come May, because on ESPN, it’s the Laker show all day and every day, and it’s hosted by Bill Plaschke and J. A. Adande, the two biggest L.A. homers in all of sports.
All I’m saying is this, if ESPN is so determined to cover 25-and-28 teams, I want to see an hour-long special on the Milwaukee Bucks or Philadelphia 76ers sometime soon. Right now they’re both about as interesting, and they both and lined up to win as many games as that other team in L.A.