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Lawrence Tanter is a familiar voice in an unfamiliar Lakers season

Lawrence Tanter is a familiar voice in an unfamiliar Lakers season

There's a person sitting courtside who's acutely aware of all the losing the Lakers are doing.

Lawrence Tanter was at the midcourt stripe when Kobe Bryant scored 81 points. He was at the Forum when the Lakers won the championship against Boston in 1987, then at Staples Center when they beat the Celtics again in 2010.

"I have the best seat in the house," he said in his familiar mellifluous voice.

As the Lakers' public-address announcer, Tanter has attended almost every home game since 1982. This is a difficult season, the Lakers hugging up against their worst record ever, but Tanter learned long ago to maintain professionalism.

He's far from the...

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