Lakers new most valuable NBA team

Updated: January 25, 2012, 6:41 PM ET
Associated Press

NEW YORK -- The Los Angeles Lakers have surpassed the New York Knicks as the NBA's most valuable team, according to Forbes' annual report.

The magazine said Wednesday that the Lakers' value had increased 40 percent since last year to $900 million thanks to its blockbuster Time Warner TV deal. The Knicks' value increased 19 percent to $780 million with a boost from the renovation of Madison Square Garden.

The Chicago Bulls, Dallas Mavericks and Boston Celtics round out the top five.

Despite a shortened season, the average team is worth $393 million, up 6.5 percent from last year, aided by the new collective bargaining agreement.

The Milwaukee Bucks are the least valuable team at $268 million.


Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press

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