With a sweep of the Utah Jazz Monday, the Lakers would be facing a team from Arizona, the state in the cross-hairs of the Los Angeles City Council for its new law that allows cops to ask people they stop for proof of immigration status. In the face of a proposed city boycott of Arizona business over the law, we wondered aloud what such a move could mean for a Western Conference finals series between the purple-and-gold and the Phoenix Suns.
Councilwoman Janice Hahn, who proposed the yet-to-be-approved city boycott, says she's sending a checklist of items for Lakers players to bring on road trips to Arizona so they don't end up spending one cent in the desert state.
"Councilwoman Hahn is confident that the Lakers are only going to need two trips to Arizona to sweep the series," Michael Trujillo, the manager of her campaign for Lieutenant Governor, told the Weekly. "Furthermore she will be sending a checklist of items for each Lakers player to bring so they won't need to purchase anything while in Arizona."
Of course, the list would be non-binding. And the biggest economic statement the Lakers could make would be to stay home. Is that going to happen? No way.
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Is Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa going to forgo floor-side seats and national attention during a would-be series with Phoenix to make a statement against the Arizona immigration law he has criticized? We're starting an office pool: The smart money's on seeing the mayor in close proximity to Jack Nicholson during the series.