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March 18, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
From Lakers games to NCAA tournament games. From calling the world champions to calling a buzzer-beating winning shot that gives a Cinderella named Murray (State) a big-time upset. The world is good for Spero Dedes right now. Here's how Dedes, the Lakers radio play-by-play man, called the last seconds of the Racers' upset of Vanderbilt from San Jose on Thursday: "[Jeffrey] McClain inbounding the ball, right corner to [Isaac] Miles. Finding space, there's [Danero] Thomas … one second … got it. At the buzzer.
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February 18, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Tweets of admiration continue to roll in for Lakers owner Jerry Buss, who died Monday at the age of 80. A sampling: Lakers forward Pau Gasol: "Today is a very sad day for all the Lakers and basketball. All my support and condolences to the Buss family. Rest in peace Dr. Buss. " Former Laker Dennis Rodman: "My thoughts and prayers are with the Buss family. Dr. Jerry Buss was like a Dad to me and is a tremendous loss to Lakers fam. " Former Lakers announcer Spero Dedes: "Rest in peace, Dr. Buss.
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April 5, 2011 | By Broderick Turner
The Lakers would not comment on media reports that team television play-by-play announcer Joel Meyers will be replaced by radio play-by-play announcer Spero Dedes at the end of the season. Dedes would become the third Lakers television announcer since the death of Hall of Famer Chick Hearn. Paul Sunderland took over for Hearn after Hearn's death in August 2002. "All of our announcers are under contract and we're not going to discuss that situation until the end of the season," said Lakers vice president of public relations John Black.
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June 4, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The Lakers expect to make changes this off-season. General Manager Mitch Kupchak indicated as much in last week's exit interview after expressing disappointment in the Lakers' semifinals exit to the Oklahoma City Thunder. But that thought process won't apply to their broadcasting team. The Lakers signed radio play-by-play announcer John Ireland and color analyst Mychal Thompson to multiyear deals. Ireland took over the team's radio play-by-play duties last season at 710 ESPN after announcer Spero Dedes left to accept the New York Knicks' radio play-by-play position for its flagship station, the Madison Square Garden Network.
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April 6, 2011 | By Mike Bresnahan
Reporting from Oakland Stu Lantz is staying. The longtime color commentator for televised Lakers games is expected to return for a 25th season, multiple NBA and entertainment officials said Wednesday. Lantz's broadcast partner since 2005, Joel Meyers , will not be back after this season. Meyers will be done after the first round of the playoffs. Neither FS West nor KCAL has broadcast rights past that point. Spero Dedes , 32, will be the third TV voice of the Lakers since Chick Hearn died in August 2002.
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February 18, 2013 | By Houston Mitchell
Tweets of admiration continue to roll in for Lakers owner Jerry Buss, who died Monday at the age of 80. A sampling: Lakers forward Pau Gasol: "Today is a very sad day for all the Lakers and basketball. All my support and condolences to the Buss family. Rest in peace Dr. Buss. " Former Laker Dennis Rodman: "My thoughts and prayers are with the Buss family. Dr. Jerry Buss was like a Dad to me and is a tremendous loss to Lakers fam. " Former Lakers announcer Spero Dedes: "Rest in peace, Dr. Buss.
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June 4, 2012 | By Mark Medina
The Lakers expect to make changes this off-season. General Manager Mitch Kupchak indicated as much in last week's exit interview after expressing disappointment in the Lakers' semifinals exit to the Oklahoma City Thunder. But that thought process won't apply to their broadcasting team. The Lakers signed radio play-by-play announcer John Ireland and color analyst Mychal Thompson to multiyear deals. Ireland took over the team's radio play-by-play duties last season at 710 ESPN after announcer Spero Dedes left to accept the New York Knicks' radio play-by-play position for its flagship station, the Madison Square Garden Network.
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April 24, 2011 | By Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner
Reporting from New Orleans Even in the playoffs, the Lakers are starting to prepare for a possible lockout. The team did not offer contracts next season to four of the five members of its training staff, the first of possibly many cost-cutting moves in the organization. The collective-bargaining agreement expires June 30, and there has been no movement in negotiations between players and owners, forcing some teams to begin trimming expenses. Lakers-Hornets Game 4 box score The Lakers couldn't guarantee that they would rehire the staff members if a lockout were to end earlier than expected.
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April 29, 2011 | By Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner
Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum walked off the court together, dwarfing a narrow hallway as they headed toward the Lakers' locker room. Their first-round playoff series was over. The Lakers had eliminated New Orleans. Before they disappeared into a brief postgame meeting, Gasol reached out and rubbed Bynum's head. If Gasol wasn't giddy, he was close to it, overcoming a wobbly first two games to post better numbers the rest of the series. His averages in Games 1 and 2 against the Hornets: eight points, 5.5 rebounds.
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September 5, 2008 | Steve Springer
Sideline reporters in the NFL are often good for two things: repeating cliches from coaches and delivering injury reports. In other words, an intern with a tape recorder could produce the same results. How many times have we heard, "Coach X says they've got to play better defense in the second half," or "Coach Y says the key to coming back is playing as a team." Duh. In all fairness, sideline reporters are limited by time and boundaries. They may be given 30 seconds on the air during a break in the action, and, with the exception of a few words with the coach at the half, are forbidden from speaking to team personnel or relaying conversations they overhear during the game.
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June 21, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
The Lakers announced Tuesday that Bill Macdonald and John Ireland will be the play-by-play announcers for the team for the 2011-12 season. Macdonald will call the games on TV alongside commentator Stu Lantz on FS West and KCAL 9. Ireland, who had been the Lakers' sideline reporter on KCAL 9 since the 2002-03 season, will call the games on 710 AM ESPN radio alongside commentator Mychal Thompson . Spero Dedes ...
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April 29, 2011 | By Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner
Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum walked off the court together, dwarfing a narrow hallway as they headed toward the Lakers' locker room. Their first-round playoff series was over. The Lakers had eliminated New Orleans. Before they disappeared into a brief postgame meeting, Gasol reached out and rubbed Bynum's head. If Gasol wasn't giddy, he was close to it, overcoming a wobbly first two games to post better numbers the rest of the series. His averages in Games 1 and 2 against the Hornets: eight points, 5.5 rebounds.
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April 24, 2011 | By Mike Bresnahan and Broderick Turner
Reporting from New Orleans Even in the playoffs, the Lakers are starting to prepare for a possible lockout. The team did not offer contracts next season to four of the five members of its training staff, the first of possibly many cost-cutting moves in the organization. The collective-bargaining agreement expires June 30, and there has been no movement in negotiations between players and owners, forcing some teams to begin trimming expenses. Lakers-Hornets Game 4 box score The Lakers couldn't guarantee that they would rehire the staff members if a lockout were to end earlier than expected.
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April 6, 2011 | By Mike Bresnahan
Reporting from Oakland Stu Lantz is staying. The longtime color commentator for televised Lakers games is expected to return for a 25th season, multiple NBA and entertainment officials said Wednesday. Lantz's broadcast partner since 2005, Joel Meyers , will not be back after this season. Meyers will be done after the first round of the playoffs. Neither FS West nor KCAL has broadcast rights past that point. Spero Dedes , 32, will be the third TV voice of the Lakers since Chick Hearn died in August 2002.
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April 5, 2011 | By Broderick Turner
The Lakers would not comment on media reports that team television play-by-play announcer Joel Meyers will be replaced by radio play-by-play announcer Spero Dedes at the end of the season. Dedes would become the third Lakers television announcer since the death of Hall of Famer Chick Hearn. Paul Sunderland took over for Hearn after Hearn's death in August 2002. "All of our announcers are under contract and we're not going to discuss that situation until the end of the season," said Lakers vice president of public relations John Black.
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March 18, 2010 | By Diane Pucin
From Lakers games to NCAA tournament games. From calling the world champions to calling a buzzer-beating winning shot that gives a Cinderella named Murray (State) a big-time upset. The world is good for Spero Dedes right now. Here's how Dedes, the Lakers radio play-by-play man, called the last seconds of the Racers' upset of Vanderbilt from San Jose on Thursday: "[Jeffrey] McClain inbounding the ball, right corner to [Isaac] Miles. Finding space, there's [Danero] Thomas … one second … got it. At the buzzer.
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June 21, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
The Lakers announced Tuesday that Bill Macdonald and John Ireland will be the play-by-play announcers for the team for the 2011-12 season. Macdonald will call the games on TV alongside commentator Stu Lantz on FS West and KCAL 9. Ireland, who had been the Lakers' sideline reporter on KCAL 9 since the 2002-03 season, will call the games on 710 AM ESPN radio alongside commentator Mychal Thompson . Spero Dedes ...
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November 4, 2005 | LARRY STEWART
Football is in high gear, the NBA is off and running and NASCAR's "chase," with three races left, is going down to the wire. But other sports are also making TV news. An indication that soccer is alive and well in the U.S. came with the announcement of FIFA's new eight-year contracts with Walt Disney Co.'s ABC, ESPN and ESPN2 and with Spanish-language Univision.
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September 5, 2008 | Steve Springer
Sideline reporters in the NFL are often good for two things: repeating cliches from coaches and delivering injury reports. In other words, an intern with a tape recorder could produce the same results. How many times have we heard, "Coach X says they've got to play better defense in the second half," or "Coach Y says the key to coming back is playing as a team." Duh. In all fairness, sideline reporters are limited by time and boundaries. They may be given 30 seconds on the air during a break in the action, and, with the exception of a few words with the coach at the half, are forbidden from speaking to team personnel or relaying conversations they overhear during the game.
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