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L.A. Lakers offer to pick up parade tab

June 12, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
If the Lakers beat the Boston Celtics and win the NBA championship, the team has offered to pick up the tab for a city parade, according to The Los Angeles Times. 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.