L.A. Lakers offer to pick up parade tab

LOS ANGELES City Council members and city union representatives already were voicing opposition to a possible city-funded celebration this year if the /*Lakers*/ win.

Last year political controversy erupted over the use of public funds to pay for a parade after the Lakers beat the /*Orlando Magic*/ for the team's 15th /*NBA*/ championship.

Lakers spokesman John Black says that although the offer has been made no final plans have been approved yet.

"We have offered a sum which we think should more than cover the expected costs; however, we have not had any final plans approved, as we do want to get too far ahead of ourselves at this point," he said.

Los Angeles Mayor /*Antonio Villaraigosa*/ said Friday that if the Lakers beat the /*Celtics*/, the city should have a parade to celebrate, but he largely avoided the question of whether he thinks the cash-strapped city should pay for it.

City News Service contributed to this report.

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