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#pounditSunday, January 23, 2022

NBA commissioner Adam Silver cracks joke about ESPN’s coverage of Lakers

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The Los Angeles Lakers have received more media coverage over the past several weeks than any other non-playoff team in NBA history, and even commissioner Adam Silver seems to think it has gotten out of hand.

In an appearance on the “Posted Up w/ Chris Haynes” podcast this week, Silver was asked about the possibility of implementing new start times for west coast games next season so more people across the country can watch LeBron James play. He joked about the idea and said it seems like the Lakers already have their own television channel, and “it’s called ESPN.”

“I’ve been watching for the last few days,” Silver said while chuckling. “I have it on in my office and it’s, like, around the clock.”

Silver said recently that he would be open to some pretty significant changes for the NBA, but the Lakers having their own special start time is almost certainly not one of them. Although, ESPN would probably go for it.

The drama with the Lakers reached new heights earlier in the week when Baxter Holmes published a bombshell feature about Magic Johnson’s time with the team, and fellow ESPN employee Stephen A. Smith went ballistic defending Magic against the story. The World Wide Leader has every angle of the Lakers saga covered, so Silver’s observation isn’t that far off.


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