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Host cities getting less from their NBA teams than hoped

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Los Angeles sits on 500 square miles of temperate Southern California and, if it were a country, would be the 17th biggest economy in the world. But on account of budget woes brought on by the current recession, Los Angeles can?t afford a parade.

Let me say that again: the Lakers just won an NBA championship, and their city has no room in the budget to celebrate.