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    L.A. Times: ESPN promoted D.O.A. Carmelo/Bynum story for ratings

    Not surprising one bit.....

    These days the best trades are those ESPN makes up, like its one-day Carmelo Anthony-Andrew Bynum blockbuster with as much basis in fact as Bigfoot.

    Here's what happened:
    Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak asked Denver GM Masai Ujiri what they wanted for Anthony.

    In the NBA version of "Mission: Impossible's" self-destructing messages, each GM says the other called him, standard practice since the invention of the telephone.

    Whoever made this exploratory call, that ended that . . . almost.

    All over butthe shouting

    ESPN's Chris Broussard reported "preliminary discussions about a blockbuster trade."

    Cellphones on the Lakers beat started ringing like the hot line from Moscow.

    With the advantage of years developing Lakers sources . . . as opposed to trusting a single source, like the one who assured everyone Anthony was New Jersey-bound . . . local writers got denials across the board and, significantly, nothing suggesting Jim Buss doesn't still dote on Bynum.

    If some Lakers players wanted a Melo-Al Harrington-for-Bynum-Ron Artest deal, the front office and coaches didn't.

    By the way, Jim's right. Bynum remains their key.

    If they're big, slow and don't defend, what part does Melo address?

    That ended that . . . almost.

    Morning (gag)in America

    In a major dog-and-pony show even for it, "SportsCenter" spent its first six minutes on the DOA report the next morning.

    Would Melo and wife La La Vazquez like it here?

    (They have a house in Malibu. Guess.)

    Would Melo fit with Kobe Bryant?

    (If not, Kobe will bite his head off at the neck.)

    Would someone take Artest?

    (Maybe in an alternate universe.)

    "Nice little story for us!" chirped Hannah Storm. "Post-Super Bowl, but here we've got Melo maybe going to the defending champs. This is great stuff!"

    (What Hannah meant was, they had zip before launching this paper airplane.)

    "It never ends in the NBA anymore," Broussard said. "After Melo, we'll move on to somebody else, believe me."

    I believe you.

    "Chris Broussard updates all day long . . ." sang Storm.

    "On ESPNLA.com, weigh in: Should the Lakers, two-time defending champs, make a move?"

    Old school's out

    "Don't hate the playa, hate the game," Ice-T wrote in a principle extending beyond South L.A.

    This isn't even about ESPN but the technology and the media-wide fight to survive.

    Storm, Sage Steele and Josh Elliott are great anchors, more natural than company icon Dan Patrick without laughing at their own jokes like Keith Olbermann.

    Broussard is a friend who came up through the New York Times.

    Leveling growth rates at ESPN led to a new urgency to make news . . . like LeBron James' special, which bosses subsequently apologized to staffers for.

    Oh, and James no longer talks to ESPN.

    A newspaper reporter this wrong would have a lot of explaining to do.

    At ESPN, NBA partner and ally of Creative Artists Agency, the movie star agency pushing Anthony's move, Broussard was on the cutting edge where he was supposed to be.

    The story is now gone ó except on the Big Talk Show from Bristol where its pratfall morphed into Lakers Trip May Decide Whether They Trade Bynum.

    Next: ESPNLA.com asks Lakers fans if they've seen Bigfoot!
    http://www.latimes.com/sports/basket...426,full.story





    ESPNís Chris Broussard reported ďpreliminary discussions about a blockbuster trade.Ē

    Cellphones on the Lakers beat started ringing like the hot line from Moscow.

    With the advantage of years developing Lakers sources . . . as opposed to trusting a single source, like the one who assured everyone Anthony was New Jersey-bound . . . local writers got denials across the board and, significantly, nothing suggesting Jim Buss doesnít still dote on Bynum.

    This is a beat writer (who has multiple sources with the team he covers) taking aim at a national writer (who may only have one source). Heislerís accusation falls squarely on the shoulders of Broussard and those producers at ESPN who decided to promote this story/rumor based on Broussardís source(s).
    http://network.yardbarker.com/nba/ar...atings/4153939

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    ESPN would never report something just for ratings.............


    The Evil Empire Strikes Back...Take Em Home Frankie.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aqlJl1LfDP4

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    lol.... ESPN does things like this and people still take them seriously

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    Just the way the world works. Every media outlet out there does this sort of stuff. Create something out of nothing to get ratings.


    "GEORGE: This you are not going to believe. Al Netchie, that pimple! Tells Daphne, now get this 'Not to get involved with me.'"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jahari Kavi View Post
    ESPN would never report something just for ratings.............

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    If ESPN wants to be considered a reliable news source, they'll refrain from promoting and over hyping these types of non stories. Otherwise, they'll just be on the level of bleacherreport. A fun little site with entertaining writing at times, yet 95% fact free.
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    Putting the B in BSPN.

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    Quote Originally Posted by D Roses Bulls View Post
    lol.... ESPN does things like this and people still take them seriously
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    Quote Originally Posted by NYSpirit1 View Post
    The Knicks were never this bad of a team. They always have been a 48-50 win team stuck in what was a 21-40 team's body.

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    what a crock, i hate espn
    THE GOAT

    Until a player reaches these PA numbers, lets not talk about how good they are.


    The Following PA's are when sample size stabilizes

    50 PA: Swing %
    100 PA: Contact Rate
    150 PA: Strikeout Rate, Line Drive Rate, Pitches/PA
    200 PA: Walk Rate, Groundball Rate, GB/FB
    250 PA: Flyball Rate
    300 PA: Home Run Rate, HR/FB
    500 PA: OBP, SLG, OPS, 1B Rate, Popup Rate
    550 PA: ISO

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    Fact ESPN is a business.
    Fact businesses need to do everything to they can to make money.
    Fact ESPN is a TV station.
    Fact rumors get people's attention.
    Fact TV stations make money from advertising.
    Fact ratings have a role in advertising cost.
    Fact sports rumors get sports fans attention.
    Fact sports fans watch ESPN.


    What does all that mean?

    Sports fans will pay attention attention to sports rumors. If a sports station runs with the rumors they will get more attention thus higher ratings. High ratings means more money. More money and more consumers (in this case viewers, readers of the website, and fans on message boards) means good business.

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    I love espn for their quick reporting, stats, articles, etc. I don't know if I have ever paid attention to their rumor page, they will print anything in regards to that.

    I could call them now and report the Wolves are in discussions with Larry Bird and they would print it.

    But they are a business, just trying to make money. No harm in it

    If you want the ultimate, you've got to be willing to pay the ultimate price. It's not tragic to die doing what you love.

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    I still prefer Fox Sports

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    Not surprised. ESPN is generally a good outlet, but they have their moments.

    "It's the joy of proving people wrong, especially when people don't expect you or your team to win." - DRose

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    ESPN has lost all credit. First, the bull**** article about Deron Williams wanting Sloan out and I'm not in the least surprised with this.



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    Quote Originally Posted by PhillyFaninLA View Post
    Fact businesses need to do everything they can to make money.
    Here is the problem. This is not a fact. This is an American capitalist idea. Businesses, indeed, need to make money, but they don't have to make money by any means necessary. There is something called journalistic integrity.

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