While entering his 27th season broadcasting Lakers games, this will be Stu Lantz’s 11th season working television exclusively as color commentator. With the end of the Lakers simulcast era prior to the 2003-04 season, Stu now teams with play-by-play man Bill Macdonald and broadcasts every Lakers game televised on Time Warner Cable Sportsnet. Providing each broadcast with his expert analysis and unique insight garnered through his 40-plus years associated with the NBA as both a player and color commentator, he has received numerous awards over the years. Chosen Southern California's best radio color commentator six times by the Southern California Sports Broadcaster's Association and best television color commentator on seven occasions, Stu has also won seven local EMMY Awards for his work in the Best Live Sports Telecast category.
A graduate of the University of Nebraska (1968), the Cornhuskers officially retired his uniform number (22) on October 17, 1989 during halftime ceremonies of a Lakers’ preseason game in Lincoln. Born in Uniontown, PA, Stu was originally a third round draft pick of the San Diego Rockets in 1968. Spending his first three seasons in San Diego, he enjoyed his finest pro campaign in 1970-71, averaging career-high figures in both scoring (20.6) and rebounding (5.0). The following season, Stu ranked sixth overall in the NBA in free throw percentage (.838). Stu also played for the Detroit Pistons (1972-1974) and New Orleans Jazz (1974) prior to being traded to the Lakers in December of 1974. He played less than two seasons in Los Angeles before announcing his retirement following the 1976-77 campaign due to a back injury.
Immediately following his playing career, Stu embarked on a broadcasting career, serving as a commentator for the San Diego Clippers, San Diego State University, CBS and the NBA Radio Network. In addition to his broadcast work, for 20-plus years, he also served as an instructor at Pete Newell’s renowned Big Man’s Camp during the offseason, helping improve the skill-set of some of the game’s premier big men.
Stu and his wife, Linda, live in San Diego and are the parents of Todd, Kristin and Shane.
Long-time Southern California area broadcaster and four-time local Emmy Award-winning announcer and host Bill Macdonald enters his third season behind the mic as Lakers television play-by-play announcer on Time Warner Cable Sportsnet.
The versatile Macdonald, a fixture on Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket since its inception in 1985 through the Lakers final season on the network (2012), has broadcast in a variety of capacities over the years as host, field reporter and play-by-play announcer for professional basketball, baseball and hockey, among other sports.
The host of pre- and post-game shows “Lakers Live,” “Angels Live” and “Ducks Live” before joining the Lakers announcing team, Macdonald has also served as the play-by-play voice for UCLA men’s basketball and football and Los Angeles Avengers football.
Having filled in as the Angels, Ducks and Los Angeles Kings play-by-play announcer over the years as well as the Lakers play-by-play announcer on both television and radio, Macdonald most notably called Kobe Bryant’s historic 81-point game on January 22, 2006.
Over the years, Macdonald’s hosting duties have included the “UCLA Sports Magazine,” the Emmy Award winning Kings pre-game show “Break the Ice,” “Carl’s Jr. Sports Roundtable,” the Pac-10 basketball tournament from STAPLES Center, the multiple Emmy award winning nightly sports news program “Press Box” and live, phone-in talk show “It’s Your Call.”
Actively involved with charities such as the Special Olympics, the Ronald McDonald House and the NBA’s Read to Achieve, Macdonald’s work on “Training for Life: The California Special Olympics” was awarded yet another Emmy.
Born in Bronxville (NY) but moving to Corona del Mar (CA) at an early age, Macdonald attended the University of Southern California where he graduated in 1981 with a degree in communications.
Currently residing in Newport Coast, Macdonald is the proud father of three sons: twin boys, Kirk and Cory (23), and Billy Jr. (20).
Entering his third season as the Lakers sideline reporter, Mike Trudell will maneuver around the court and locker room for Time Warner Cable SportsNet alongside play-by-play voice Bill Macdonald and analyst Stu Lantz.
Trudell also serves as the team's beat reporter for Lakers.com, as he has since the 2008-09 season as a full-time member of the team's traveling staff. He added sideline TV duties for road games only during the 2010-11 campaign and handled all locally televised games in the inaugural Time Warner Cable SportsNet season of 2012–13. In addition, Trudell serves as a frequent guest analyst and occasional fill-in host on TWCSN programming.
Like the Lakers, Trudell came to Los Angeles from Minnesota, where he was the reporter for Timberwolves.com from 2006-08. He also worked for the NFL's Minnesota Vikings and Baltimore Ravens, the Cologne Centurions of NFL Europe and was a play-by-play announcer for the University of Minnesota's women's soccer team, in addition to several high school sports teams.
Trudell is a 2004 graduate of Northwestern University's Medill School of Journalism outside of Chicago, with a double major in history. He played Big Ten varsity soccer and also honed his broadcast skills at the campus TV (NNN) and radio (WNUR) stations.
Raised in Lake Minnetonka, Minn., Trudell currently resides in Marina del Rey with his wife, Annie, and French Bulldog, Lyla.
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ADRIAN GARCIA MARQUEZ
Adrian Garcia Marquez, uno de los comentaristas deportivos mas versatiles en los Estados Unidos se unió a Time Warner Cable SportsNet y Time Warner Cable Deportes para la incepcion de este proyecto historico, como narrador en television de los Los Angeles Lakers, comenzando en la temporada 2012-13. Actualmente trabaja para la cadena narrando en Español los juegos del L.A. Galaxy a través de KWHY-TV. Un narrador multifacetico venerable, Garcia Marquez tiene más de una década de experiencia en la industria y se ha encargado de la cronica tanto en español como en inglés para varias de las instituciones deportivas mas respetadas del pais, en las disciplinas de béisbol, básketbol, fútbol americano, boxeo, y fútbol, incluyendo Lakers, Galaxy, San Diego Chargers, Los Angeles Dodgers, Los Angeles Angels de Anaheim, Boston Red Sox, Oakland A's, Los Angeles Clippers, y USC Trojans. El oriundo de San Diego, California se ha enfocado en los equipos del área lo que hace de él una voz local prominente de los deportes.
Antes de unirse a Time Warner Cable SportsNet y Time Warner Cable Deportes, Garcia Marquez fue uno de los principales presentadores y reporteros deportivos para la cadena Univision y KMEX-TV en Los Angeles.
Previo a su estadilla con Deportes Univision, Adrian fue la voz del Beisbol de Grandes Ligas para Fox Deportes donde aparte de encargarse del juego semanal sabatino, narro los juegos de postemporada y 5 Series Mundiales para la cadena. Igualmente relato la accion golpe a golpe para Top Rank Boxing.
Garcia Marquez fue de los primeros talentos deportivos hispanos en hacer el "crossover" a Ingles cuando paso a FSN Prime Ticket como reportero de los Dodgers para la temporada 2007 y en ESPN Radio 710 en Los Angeles, como reportero y co-conductor en el 2008.
Francisco Pinto se unió a TWC SportsNet y TWC Deportes como el analista de TV en español para los partidos de los Lakers, comenzando con la siguiente temporada 2012-2013 de la NBA. Actualmente también trabaja desempeñando el mismo rol en los juegos del L.A. Galaxy. Pinto fue futbolista en Chile y se une al equipo de TWC Deportes y TWC SportsNet después de trabajar casi 12 años en KMEX-34, filial de Univision en Los Angeles, donde por 7 años fue uno de los principales presentadores de deportes del canal, antes de convertirse en el presentador de los noticieros del fin de semana de la estación, y durante los últimos 5 años, en el conductor del programa matutino de KMEX, Primera Edición. Sus años como comentarista de deportes para Univision, combinados con sus antecedentes como atleta, hizo de el una opción lógica como analista experto para TWC Sports Net y TWC Deportes.
Pinto comenzó su carrera en TV en 1996, en sus primeros 3 años fue el presentador principal de deportes y noticias para KUVS-19, filial de Univision para las áreas de Stockton, Modesto y Sacramento. Ha cubierto en vivo algunos de los eventos deportivos más importantes del mundo, incluyendo las Copas Mundiales de Futbol del 2002 y 2006, finales de la NBA, Super Bowls, Series Mundiales y peleas por títulos mundiales de boxeo. En el 2002, Pinto fue el único reportero de TV de Los Angeles que estuvo en New England donde el Galaxy gano su primera copa de la MLS, reportando en vivo, antes, durante y después del histórico momento para el equipo galáctico.
Pinto ha sido el anfitrión nacional de El Desfile de las Rosas de Pasadena en 3 ocasiones y ha recibido varios premios, incluyendo 4 nominaciones al Emmy y también ha entrevistado a innumerables personalidades, incluyendo ganadores de Premios Nobel y Presidentes de Naciones.
Nacido en Concepcion, Chile, Pinto estudio Educación Física en la Universidad de Concepción, donde jugo futbol para el equipo universitario y también para Deportes Concepción, donde integró los combinados juveniles y reserva de la institución. También jugo y fue entrenador de squash. En 1995 llego a los EE.UU. a estudiar Medicina Deportiva en el Master's College de Santa Clarita, CA.
Pinto reside en el área de South Bay con su esposa Rachel, y sus dos hijos Sofía y Sebastian.
Ireland, the team’s sideline reporter on KCAL 9 since the 2002-03 season, will call each and every Lakers game on 710 ESPNLA alongside former Laker and two-time NBA Champion Mychal Thompson, who will be entering his ninth season as the Lakers radio color commentator.
Another winner of four local Emmy Awards for best sports reporting, Ireland currently co-hosts the Mason and Ireland Show on 710 ESPNLA while also serving as a regular sports anchor and reporter for the KCBS/KCAL sports team. A UCLA graduate, Ireland’s career path took him to stations in Monroe (LA), Beaumont (TX) and San Diego (CA) before ultimately finding a home at KCAL 9 in 1995. In 1997, Ireland added the Los Angeles Clippers radio play-by-play announcer responsibilities to his resume, working five seasons in all for the team on a fill-in basis before joining the Lakers beat as sideline reporter in 2002. A two-time recipient of the Southern California Sports Broadcasters (SCSB) Irv Kaze Radio Talk Show Host Award, Ireland has also previously filled in on radio play-by-play duties for both UCLA and Lakers basketball games.
A member of the Lakers championship teams in 1987 and 1988, Mychal Thompson enters his 8th season as the team's radio color commentator. Formerly the Timberwolves television color analyst for two seasons, Thompson teams with play-by-play announcer John Ireland for all Lakers radio broadcasts.
Thompson, a standout at the University of Minnesota, averaged 20.8 ppg throughout his four-year collegiate career and was named All-America following both the 1976-77 and 1977-78 campaigns. The leading scorer in Golden Gopher history with 1,992 points, Thompson was the first overall selection in the 1978 NBA Draft by the Portland Trailblazers. In 12 seasons and 935 regular season games with the Trailblazers, Lakers and San Antonio Spurs, Thompson averaged 13.7 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.3 assists.
Prior to joining the Lakers broadcast team, Thompson co-hosted a radio show in Portland, Ore. and also worked with the NBA's Vancouver Grizzlies, Seattle Supersonics and Trailblazers as a television broadcast color analyst. Thompson also serves as Sports Ambassador for his native Bahamas.
A co-host of a radio show on the Lakers flagship station 710 ESPNLA, he and his wife, Julie, reside in Rancho Santa Margarita and have three sons.
KSPN 710 AM - Los Angeles
Lakers Radio Network:
KMET 1490 AM - Banning
KSZL 1230 AM - Barstow
KFIG 940 AM - Fresno
KAVL 610 AM - Lancaster
KPSI 920 AM - Palm Springs
KLOA 1240 AM - Ridgecrest
KTIE 590 AM - San Bernardino
KLSD 1360 AM - San Diego
KKJL 1400 AM - San Luis Obispo
KVTA 1520 AM - Ventura
KRAK 910 AM - Victorville
Outside of California
KZUL 104.5 FM - Lake Havasu City
KBAD 920 AM - Las Vegas
KVYA 1230 AM - New Mexico
Beginning his 14th season as a play-by-play announcer for the Lakers, Fernando Gonzalez serves as the Spanish Voice of the team, broadcasting every game on 1330 ESPN Deportes, the Lakers Spanish language flagship.
Gonzalez is quite familiar to the Lakers Spanish-speaking audience as he also served as the news director for KWHY-TV and anchored the popular sports news program "Mundo Deportivo." Gonzalez has received several accolades for his work including the 1995 Golden Mike Award for best sports segment.
Not limited to basketball, Gonzalez has also broadcast a variety of sporting events including World Cup soccer, the Olympic Games, professional boxing, NHL hockey and Pacific-10 football.
Born in Toluca, Mexico, Fernando graduated from La Universidad Autonoma del Estado de Mexico with a law degree.
He and his wife, Maria Teresa, have two children, Luis Fernando and Tatiana and have been residents of Los Angeles since coming to the United States in 1989.
JOSE "PEPE" MANTILLA
Since 1993, Jose "Pepe" Mantilla has served as color commentator for Lakers Spanish broadcasts. Along with Fernando Gonzalez, Mantilla broadcasts every Lakers game to the team's large and growing Hispanic audience.
One of the most active sports journalists in Los Angeles, he is also a popular panelist for radio and TV sports shows. In addition to those duties, Pepe even manages to find time to broadcast Major League Baseball, NFL and World Cup soccer contests as well as college football and basketball for FOX.
A graduate of UNAM in Mexico, Pepe and his wife Ivonne have one daughter, Mercedes and one son, Andres, and make their home in Irvine.
KWKW 1330 AM - Los Angeles (Flagship)
KWAC 1490 AM - Bakersfield
KWKU 1220 AM - Pomona
KENO 1460 AM - Las Vegas