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Plenty to take away from Laker Girls auditions

July 19, 2010 |  1:20 pm


Just when he thought he had the whole weekend to himself, Peter Gibbons ran into Bill Lumberg to hear the dreadful news.

"I'm going to need you to come in tomorrow at about 9 o'clock," Lumberg told Gibbons in "Office Space." So much for the whole idea that if Gibbons ducked out early on Friday afternoon, he wouldn't have to worry about going to work on Saturday at the dreaded place called Initech. Had Gibbons been asked to work on a Saturday morning to cover the Laker Girls auditions, however, he probably would have jumped up and down and canceled his date with the Chotskies waitress (Jennifer Aniston). Or maybe I'm thinking just how I would've reacted.

Beyond enjoying the Laker Girls' company, there are several things I took away from the audition: I have no idea how to judge dancing. Laker Girls really seemed split on their favorite Laker, including Kobe Bryant, Derek Fisher and Shannon Brown, meaning that the Lakers' re-signing Brown will bolster the bench and improve Laker Girl morale. And I may have just planted the seeds of a rivalry between the Laker Girls and the Heat dancers.

(Kudos to business reporter Nathan Olivarez-Giles for shooting and editing the video.)

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: A group of hopefuls practice a dance routine during the Laker Girls auditions. Credit: Mariah Tauger / Los Angeles Times