Lakers tickets go on sale Saturday
Prices range from $10-$900
EL SEGUNDO, Calif.—Individual regular-season game tickets for the Los Angeles Lakers will go on sale at 10 a.m. Saturday.
Tickets will be available online at ticketmaster.com, by calling (800) 4NBATIX, and at all TicketMaster locations. Tickets will not be sold at the Staples Center box office.
Tickets are limited to four per person per game. Approximately 1,000 tickets will be available for each game, according to John Black, the Lakers vice president of public relations.
Black predicted that “probably between 20 to 25” of the 33 games will sell out Saturday.
He said he thought the most popular games would be the March 4 game against the Miami Heat and the March 11 game against the Boston Celtics.
The Lakers have sold out their past 234 regular-season and playoff home games, including over the past four seasons.
The Lakers have four sets of ticket prices. Tickets are priced from $10-$265 for the five regular-season games designated as “value games” and the Dec. 19 pre-season game; $25-$280 for 14 games designated as “select games”; $80-$450 for seven “premium games”; and $150-$900 for the games against Miami and Boston.
Ticket prices for the premium and marquee games are unchanged from last season, while all other prices increased by approximately 4 percent, Black said.
The ticket price increases are the result of increased costs, mainly to the team’s payroll, Black told City News Service.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will launch a fundraising campaign for blood cancer research during halftime tonight, when the Los Angeles Lakers will meet the New Orleans Hornets at Staples Center.
Abdul-Jabbar will take to the court to start the countdown clock for the Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Skyhook Challenge to raise $38,387, matching the record number of points he scored in his NBA career.
He was diagnosed with the disease in 2008.
Los Angeles Lakers owner Jerry Buss was being treated at a hospital today, July 10, for dehydration.
“In response to media inquiries and to dispel rumors and inaccurate reports, we’d like to state that Dr. Buss is in a local hospital where he is being treated for dehydration,” Lakers spokesman John Black said. “He is recovering and is expected to be released soon.”
According to TMZ.com, the 78-year-old Buss “fell ill at his home around 9 p.m. Monday, and someone inside the house called 911.”
EL SEGUNDO, Calif.—The Los Angeles Lakers announced they will donate $25,000 plus proceeds of all auctions at Staples Center during the Western Conference semifinals to the American Red Cross fund to assist in the relief efforts for victims of the storms that struck the South this week.
Items to be auctioned include autographed Lakers memorabilia including one-of-a-kind game-worn memorabilia; framed pictures and basketballs from Laker championship teams; jerseys and basketballs.
EL SEGUNDO, Calif.—Kobe Bryant said today what appeared to be a homophobic slur aimed at a referee during Tuesday night's game "should not be taken literally.''
"My actions were out of frustration during the heat of the game, period,'' the Los Angeles Lakers all-star guard said. "The words expressed do not reflect my feelings towards the gay and lesbian communities and were not meant to offend anyone.''
WESTWOOD, Calif.—A funeral will be held Friday for Edgar Lacey, a starting forward on UCLA's 1965 NCAA championship team who quit the squad in 1968 after being benched during a landmark game against Houston.
Lacey died last week at the age of 66, said UCLA Sports Information Director Marc Dellins, who did not have further details.
The funeral will be held 10 a.m. Friday at Calvary Chapel in Downey, located at 12808 Woodruff Ave.