Found January 02, 2014 on Next Impulse Sports:
You know things are bad in Staples Center when the NBA’s media darling, the Los Angeles Lakers, get bumped from a national television appearance. While it’s not unheard of — ESPN and NBA TV have done it in the past — it’s definitely unheard of when it comes to the Purple & Gold. And doubly unheard of when it comes to the all-important TNT lineup (not to mention this is part of TNT’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day lineup). Fans moaned when the Kobe Bryant/mostly-talent-less Lakers were originally blessed with 25 nationally televised games this season, tying them with the Knicks (lol) and Heat for most in the league. That number would most certainly increase thanks to NBA TV Fan Night on Tuesday, when Lakers fans stuff the ballot box to get yet another nationally televised game. But the NBA has decided to kick the Lakers to the realm of local television for the second time in the span of a week. NBA announces the Lakers have been bumped from national TV again. TNT will show POR @ HOU...
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