Los Angeles Lakers: Stu Lantz

Lakers announce 2011-12 broadcast team

June, 21, 2011
Kamenetzky By Brian Kamenetzky
ESPNLA's Arash Markazi has the story, here.

In short, John Ireland, who has been the sideline reporter on KCAL broadcasts since 2002 will anchor the radio broadcasts beside Mychal Thompson on 710 ESPN, while on television Bill Macdonald replaces Joel Meyers on play-by-play, working with Stu Lantz on KCAL and FSW.

With the exception of Lantz, whom I respect a great deal professionally but don't really know personally, these are people I like as individuals and, particularly in the case of Thompson and Ireland (colleagues at 710 Radio) enjoy working with. I'm happy for all involved. That said, like a lot of Lakers fans, I'll miss Spero Dedes, reportedly headed to New York where he'll do television play-by-play for the Knicks. A New Jersey native who broke in with WFAN Radio, the move represents a homecoming, and Knicks fans (like my in-laws!) are lucky to have him.

For what it's worth, I consider Dedes as good as any broadcaster working in basketball, and in a perfect world someone who could have joined this city's list of iconic voices who become a fundamental part of his team's fabric. Best of luck to him.
We begin with the afternoon's most pressing news. Kobe Bryant -- whose practice consisted of icing and light shooting -- wasn't on hand to speak about his swollen knee and availability for tomorrow's game against the Trail Blazers. Phil Jackson, however, shared the gist of a conversation during last night's plane ride back from 'Sota, and his recap will likely please Laker fans:

"He's anticipating (playing)... We talked about it on the plane last night and he said, "I have every intention of playing. I just hope it progresses as well as it's going.'"

Of course, similar to when a politician lays out plans for his or her time in office, nothing said even remotely constitutes a promise. While expressing confidence, the final call remains a flexible, reversible matter of how Kobe feels Sunday. Still, it's a decided upgrade over Jackson's declaring the matter already closed and discussing Shannon Brown's role as a starter, so that's a plus. Should the Mamba hit the floor, PJ doesn't anticipate drastically limiting his minutes.

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