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Lakers’ Spanish broadcast team wins ‘Best Live Call’ for broadcast of Kobe’s game-tying three vs. Raptors (VIDEO)

Sep 21, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

The Lakers’ overtime win over the Raptors back in March was easily the best regular season game I attended in person last year.

Kobe Bryant was absolutely ridiculous in dragging his team first to overtime and then to victory, and just like sports writers can do some of their best work when a player or game exceeds expectations and reaches incredible heights, the same can be true of those making the call as a game is being broadcast live.

L.A.’s Spanish broadcast team, consisting of Adrian Garcia-Marquez and Francisco Pinto, were selected as the winners of the “Best Live Call” award that was decided upon by their colleagues in the industry at a meeting of NBA broadcast talent this week.


“We are honored and humbled by this award,” said Garcia-Marquez. “It means so much to us that our peers gave us this distinction. Honestly, we were happily surprised to just have been included on a list with many legendary and talented gentlemen to whom we personally look up.”

In the call, Garcia-Marquez details the sinking of a contested, game-tying, overtime-forcing three-pointer from “La Mamba Negra”, who had drained two previous triples to keep the Lakers in the game.

“That play was absolutely Vino-inspired,” explained Garcia-Marquez.

The call was made by the team while working the Time Warner Cable Deportes broadcast.

It’s unclear who else was nominated, but what’s indisputable is how great the call of “Tres! Mamba Negra! Triple Doses!” was as Bryant dropped in the three that sent the game to OT.

It’s worth noting that while it may sound like the announcer said “tremendo huevos,” he actually said “tremendo juego,” which translates as “great game.” Although it’s obvious from the highlight that the latter phrase accurately describes Kobe’s effort here, as well.

In-cre-ible, indeed.

  1. onlyavoice - Sep 21, 2013 at 11:23 AM

    The New Lakers,
    Fans Getting Excited For A Win Over The Raptors (LOL) Playing For The 8th Seed.
    Get Used To This Lakers Fans.

    • stadix093 - Sep 21, 2013 at 1:14 PM

      People said the same thing after Shaq was dealt, yet here they are two championships later. It may be a down year, it could be many down years, but real fans of any team love them regardless of the record. The organization has a past record of pulling things together, and I believe they will again. GO LAKERS.

  2. dirtydavis - Sep 21, 2013 at 11:32 AM

    True 0:34

  3. jimsjam33 - Sep 21, 2013 at 11:54 AM

    La Mamba Negra is fantastico , pero que paso con los Lakers .

  4. alqj24 - Sep 21, 2013 at 2:47 PM

    Last I checked, a win is a win, especially given how exciting that game was. People will always hate on the Lakers huh?

  5. phaden27 - Sep 22, 2013 at 4:15 PM

    This one is still the best ever.

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