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Did Sage Steele and Jalen Rose get caught on live TV making plans for a date? (Video)

Now, we want to preface this post by saying that Sage Steele is married and we hope nothing sordid is going on here. But when a live camera during SportsCenter on Friday hilariously cuts to her in Miami looking awfully flirty with a trying-to-play-it-cool Jalen Rose while he makes plans with her to go to popular South Beach restaurant Prime One Twelve, you can’t help but to think some Don Draper business is going on between these two kids. Yes, Lindsay Czarniak. “The magic of television,” indeed.

And for the second time in a week we’re seeing the risk of broadcasting live.

UPDATE: Rose would like the “shock media” to know he and Steele will be two of a handful of colleagues attending the dinner:

Sounds more fun than ESPN’s NBA Finals pregame show.

H/T The Big Lead
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KTLA reporter said Kings parade was ‘Lakers victory parade’ (Video)

The Kings just don’t seem to be able to get any respect in Los Angeles. Whether it’s local TV stations using the wrong Kings mascot or team logo during telecasts, there has been an ongoing struggle with the LA media to get things straight.

On Thursday, KTLA tossed live to a helicopter for a traffic report and the reporter talked about covering the “Lakers victory parade.” I’m sure he was just saying that out of habit considering the Lakers have won five titles since 2000, but the parade was for the Kings, which actually won a championship and didn’t lose in the second round of the playoffs.

You gotta do better than that.

Stick tap to Puck Daddy

SportsCenter anchor says Manny Pacquiao lost to Avery Bradley (Video)

Kevin Connors and Adnan Virk were hosting ESPN’s SportsCenter on Saturday night following the Manny Pacquiao-Timothy Bradley fight, and one of them screwed up big time during the intros. Whomever was voicing over the intro before the show began said that Manny Pacquiao was upset by Avery Bradley. I guess the anchor had basketball on the mind, because Avery Bradley is a Celtics player. Pacquiao fought and lost to Timothy Bradley. But hey, who’s keeping track?

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NBA Store was selling a ‘Beat the Heat’ NBA Finals Thunder T-shirt (Picture)

It looks like the NBA Store jumped the gun yet again. For a brief period on Friday evening, a “Beat the Heat” Oklahoma City Thunder T-shirt (pictured above) was being sold on NBA.com. If you look carefully, you’ll notice an NBA Finals logo at the bottom of the shirt.

Even though the Thunder have already clinched a spot in the Finals, the problem is their opponent hasn’t been determined. The Heat and Celtics play Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals on Saturday, so there’s no point for Thunder fans to already concentrate on beating the Heat.

For more context, it looks like the NBA Store has been offering shirts that target the Thunder’s specific opponents throughout the playoffs. In a Google cache of the NBA store URL offering the shirt (the link no longer works), the title of the shirt is “adidas Oklahoma City Thunder BEAT LA T-Shirt.” Take a look below:

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ESPN graphic had LeBron James still playing for the Cavs (Picture)

We make plenty of mistakes here at LBS, so I don’t mean to pick on ESPN too heavily with this. But … you have to admit the timing and severity of this mistake was pretty amusing. LeBron James had just gone off for 45 points in Game 6 for the Heat against the Celtics, and a graphic at the bottom of the ESPN screen said James still played for Cleveland. As if Cavs fans don’t already have enough, you have to tease them like that? And you really think Heat fans want their top player confused for being on a different team? No way.

Chest bump to Jimmy Traina