Los Lakers, El Heat symbolize NBA language debate

Updated: March 5, 2012, 12:22 PM ET
By Paul Lukas

Every year around this time, like clockwork, two things happen:

1. The NBA runs its "Noche Latina" promotion to appeal to Hispanic fans, which means we see lots of jerseys with "El" and "Los" added to them.

2. The Uni Watch inbox fills up with lots of emails saying, "This is stupid! Instead of Los Bulls, it should be Los Toros. Instead of El Heat, it should be El Calor."

That ritual has been playing out again over the past week or so. And yes, ...

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