Mychal Thompson’s pending personal obligation — attending the high school graduation of his son Trayce, a standout baseball player at Santa Margarita High in Orange County (bio linked here) — means he’ll miss Friday’s Lakers-Nuggets’ Game 6 broadcast on the KLAC-AM (570) team in Denver.
Which also means that, by some string pulling, the radio station will bring in Stu Lantz to call the game with Spero Dedes, according to our people in the know.
Lantz has done strictly the Lakers’ local TV broadcasts for FSN West and KCAL Channel 9 the last six seasons (two with Paul Sunderland and four with Joel Meyers) after the team abandoned the simulcast upon Chick Hearn’s passing. He’s been apart of the team’s broadcast the last 21 seasons. Oh, that’s right, you’re probably in the know about as well.
It’s the first time Lantz has been paired up for a Laker game with Dedes, who’s been doing the Lakers’ radio since his hiring before the 2005-06 season. They did a couple of NBA Network Summer League games a few years back so they are familiar with each other’s approach.
Turn down the sound Friday on the ESPN telecast — it’s OK, that’s what the mute button is for — and synchronize the audio from the radio to sample what the future of Lakers’ basketball could sound like.
Or look like.
Oh, her? She’s Krystle Lina. Wearing a Jerry West retro jersey. For no apparent reason, other than to counteract the top photo.