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According to a report in the New York Daily News, the Lakers are considering Spero Dedes as their next announcer. Memo to Jerry Buss: Stop right there.Hiring Spero Dedes is a bad idea. He comes from what I like to call the "New York school" of basketball announcers, where everyone desperately tries to sound like Marv Albert. They all speak in short phrases, and throw a bit of a New York flair at the end of their sentence, while not really saying a whole lot. Mike Breen has become relatively accomplished with this style, and Spero could too one day.

But this is Los Angeles, and we need someone who sounds more unique than a wannabe Marv Albert clone in his 20s. That's right, Spero Dedes is in his 20s, and if you ever listen to him, you'll hear a ton of mistakes. Going from the Nets backup, and NBATV host to the premier franchise in the sport is too big a jump to make for such a young guy.

Jerry Buss, get your satellite, watch some YES, and hopefully you can see what I'm talking about.