Lakers have highest price for one ticket at nearly $90

CHICAGO -- Lakers fans will pay big bucks for tickets this
season, whether Kobe Bryant remains in Los Angeles or not.

The average price of a Lakers season ticket is $89.24, highest
in the NBA, according to Team Marketing Report's survey released
Tuesday. That was an increase of 4.5 percent from last season.

Lakers owner Jerry Buss said last month the team would look to
trade Bryant, who criticized management and asked to be dealt last
spring. But fans likely would prefer to have the two-time NBA
scoring champion in town, since a family of four shells out an
average of $453.95 a night to see the Lakers, also tops in the
league, according to the survey's Fan Cost Index.

The Fan Cost Index is based on four average-price tickets, two
small draft beers, four small soft drinks, four regular-size hot
dogs, parking for one car, two game programs and two
least-expensive, adult-size adjustable caps. The league average is

The average NBA ticket price climbed 3.6 percent, an increase of
about two dollars, to $48.83.

The New York Knicks charge an average of $70.51 to watch a team
that hasn't made the playoffs since 2004. Boston's average ticket
rose slightly to $65.43, and Chicago ($63) is fourth after a 15.3
percent increase.

The Hornets, in their first season back in New Orleans, charge a
league-low $24.58.