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|Andy and Brian Kamenetzky welcome two-time Grammy winner and huge Lakers fan Ben Harper to studio, talking basketball and music.
"As a kid, I didn't read Dr. Seuss, I read Jim Murray. In the 1979-1980 season, my parents had the newspaper spread across the table, as they did every morning. I was just at the age when I could read it, and recognize what was going on in it. Calendar section, ugh. Front page, meh. I said, "Wait a minute, what's this?" It just jumped off the page in 3-D. Kareem had gotten injured in Philadelphia, and Magic was going to start at center. And it pulled me in like a novel or something. I dove right into it. Our TV wasn't working, and I set my alarm to listen to Keith Erickson and Chick Hearn, and I listened to the game when Magic did the tip off. I haven't missed a game since."