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Marla Ridenour on Sports

LA station disses Cavs

By Marla Published: February 16, 2011

If getting bashed by Jay Leno wasn't enough, the ESPN radio affiliate in Los Angeles that carries the Lakers broadcasts promoted tonight's game against the Cleveland Cavaliers as the Lakers' last good practice before the All-Star break.

It seemed like a childish, unprofessional spot by ESPN 710-Los Angeles, even if the Cavs did lose to the Lakers by 55 points in the last meeting. The promo sparked an emotional debate on ESPN 850 WKNR in Cleveland Wednesday morning.

While I don't believe the station was bashing the city of Cleveland, it was certainly one of the most pointed shots of the season at the woeful Cavaliers. They snapped a record 26-game losing streak Friday against the LA Clippers, then Sunday lost to the Washington Wizards, who came in winless on the road this season.

Wonder if Cavs coach Byron Scott will play the station's promo after his pre-game message tonight at Quicken Loans Arena. Wouldn't be a bad idea, especially for a team that was inexplicably flat against the Wizards. During the streak, the Cavs seemed virtually unaffected by those who questioned their commitment and pride, playing lethargically until the final few games of the losing string.

Might not be a bad idea for them to download the station's segment onto their I-Pods.

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