LAKERS NOTEBOOK: BOTTOM LINE: NO SHAQ, LESS REVENUE.Byline: Ross Siler Staff Writer
ORLANDO, Fla. - Formerly measured in wins and losses and draft lottery Draft lottery could refer to:
The Lakers See Lake poets fell out of the top spot in Forbes magazine's annual rankings of NBA NBA
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``The drop in the revenue had to do almost exclusively with the lack of playoff success last year,'' said Kurt Badenhausen, an editor at the magazine who co-authored the rankings with Michael Ozanian.
The Lakers had been the most highly valued NBA franchise the past three seasons by Forbes. The New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of Knicks, staring at their fifth consecutive losing season, are estimated by the magazine to be worth a league-high $543 million.
The Lakers, who missed the playoffs last season for the first time since 1994, are second at $529 million, the franchise value having nearly doubled in seven years. The team's revenue was estimated to have declined from $170 million in 2003-04 to $156 million.
--On point: The Lakers should have a chance to pad their defensive stats tonight against an Orlando Magic The Orlando Magic is a professional basketball team based in Orlando, Florida. They play in the National Basketball Association (NBA). History
The Orlando Magic officially entered the NBA as an expansion franchise in 1989. team averaging just 87.7 points per game. Even with Kobe Bryant Kobe Bean Bryant (born July 23 1978 scoring 62 points Tuesday, the Lakers continued to make progress with their defense. ) is an American All-Star shooting guard in the National Basketball Association (NBA) who plays for the Los Angeles Lakers.
They gave up only 61 points through three quarters to Dallas, which shot 37 percent for the game. The Lakers so far have allowed almost eight fewer points per game this season than last.
``The big game that I had offensively kind of overshadowed what we did defensively,'' Bryant said. ``We played an excellent defensive game. We made them uncomfortable. We contested them at the basket, forced them into turnovers. We played extremely well defensively and that's something we can be proud of.''
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- Ross Siler