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L.A. Basketball Team Confused About Who The Mayor Of L.A. Is

(Photo courtesy of Arash Markazi via Twitter)
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Well, this is awkward.

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti may be gunning for national recognition as he maintains his busy schedule of not not running for president (or governor), but it looks like one of L.A.'s own hometown basketball teams doesn't actually know who he is. Or, for that matter, who the current mayor of Los Angeles is.

On Friday, as Garcetti and his wife watched a preseason game between the Los Angeles Clippers and, uh, the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center (it was a Clippers home game), he was misidentified on the big screen as "Gil Garcetti: Mayor of Los Angeles." For those who did not follow the O.J. Simpson trial, recent TV adaptations of the O.J. Simpson trial, or the finer details of our mayor's biography, Gil Garcetti is L.A. County's former district attorney—and father of Eric. Gil Garcetti is not, nor has he ever been, the mayor of Los Angeles.

To reiterate one more time for those in the cheap seats, the current and recently reelected-in-a-landslide mayor of Los Angeles is still Eric Garcetti. We reached out to the mayor's office and the Clippers for comment about the incident, but did not immediately hear back. In other news, the Lakers beat the Clippers 111 to 104 on Friday.

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And here's a pretty good dig from Southern California News Group's Lakers writer Bill Oram:

H/t: Arash Markazi