Friday, June 18th, 2010 at 10:30 am  |  10 responses

Lakers to Foot the Bill for Title Parade

Unlike last year’s extravagant celebration — which the broke city of L.A. nearly had to paid for — this year’s parade will be coming entirely out of the Lakers’ coffers. From the OC Register: “There will be a parade [Monday], and the Lakers will pay about $1.5 million to cover the costs to make it happen. It’s a generous gesture by the Lakers when cities are usually the ones staging these championship celebrations to promote civic pride and when Lakers owner Jerry Buss is already paying a league-high $91 million payroll to go with Phil Jackson’s $12 million salary this season. Last year, there was controversy over the city paying for a Lakers celebration when the City of Los Angeles was having such a budget crisis. Eventually, the Lakers and private donors covered the costs that neared $2 million.”

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  • http://slamonline.com Bryan Crawford

    Sweet. Deep-fried avocados for everybody!

  • http://www.motherjones.com AndTheJellosJigglin

    Classy move Buss! But should have happened last year as well.

  • http://thekobebeef.wordpress.com LDR4

    Every team should pay for their own parade…and for that matter every team should pay for their own arena. The teams are owned by billionaires afterall.

  • http://t2.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:OzhW3M1GBSKkgM:http://fashionsensei.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/jackie-moon.jpg Jackie Moon

    I wanna be a billionaire so frickin bad.

  • dar

    Class act from a class organization.

  • jumpman3224

    How about footing the bill for Phil Jackson to come back?

  • http://www.bulls.com Enigmatic

    This is probably just Dr. Buss trying to impress some hot 19-year olds.

  • Jonathan SD

    Just another reason why Dr. Buss is the greatest owner in pro sports.

  • unrel

    @enigmatic.. come on.. that’s uncalled for… it’s probably a 25 year old..

  • kobesBESTfriend

    have ron-ron pay it with his royalties for his “champion in June” rap song