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Dirk, Kidd, Chandler, Carlisle, Barea & Marion Board Bus Prior to Game 2 Victory in LA (videos)

Wednesday, the Dallas Mavericks took a stunning 2-0 series lead over the Los Angeles Lakers, after defeating the two-time defending champs 93-81 at Staples Center. Three hours prior to the game, a confident Mavs squad boarded their first charter bus and headed east to the Lakers’ home arena in Downtown LA. During visits to Southern California, the team from Big D stays at the Ritz-Carlton, Marina Del Rey. This seaside luxury hotel is located 17 miles west of Staples.

The group of Mavs’ big names riding on the initial charter included ( in chronological order): all-time great point guard Jason Kidd, power forward Tyson Chandler, head coach Rick Carlisle, superstar forward Dirk Nowitzki, point guard J.J. Barea and versatile forward Shawn Marion.  Each one of the above figures played an integral role in Dallas’ outstanding Game 2 performance. Take a look at the following original videos showing the team doing their thing underneath the bright sunny skies and palm trees of LA.




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Jon Rapoport has spent his career working on all sides of the media and sports industry. He began his career at ESPN in studio production at the ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. While there, he won an Emmy for his contribution to "SportsCenter." Following his tenure at ESPN, Jon relocated to Los Angeles, joining the staff of the “Best Damn Sports Show” on FOX Sports Net.

Upon leaving the show, Jon worked in Web site and sports radio show development/production, with Major League Baseball in media operation logistics for the World Baseball Classic and on behalf of Los Angeles’ effort to bring the 2016 Summer Olympics back to Southern California. Jon currently writes a political blog for the Los Angeles edition of

Born and raised in Plymouth, Minnesota (just outside of Minneapolis), Jon is an avid sports fan, particularly for his beloved Minnesota teams. Jon graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned his BA in communication and interned for ABC’s “Good Morning America” in New York City and Washington D.C. He is married and resides in Los Angeles.  

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