Sunday, November 2, 2008

My Lakers

I am proud. I am proud of my Los Angeles Lakers. Very proud.
When Shaq left LA with it was hard. I knew there could be no replacement for the self proclaimed MDE (Most Dominant Ever). And I knew that there would have to be a waiting stage. A rebuilding phase, if you will. I was not looking forward to it, but I stood by my Lakers.
It was hard to watch the Laker's 04-05 season. When they finished the season 34-48 and far from the playoffs it was just weird. I was used to getting together with friends and watching the playoffs. But there were no play offs.
A couple more years like this went by. Lakers blow a 3-1 lead over the Phoenix Suns in the first round. Mediocrity. And things seemed to only get worse.
My growing discontent for Mitch Kupchak hit its peak with Andrew Bynum the non-factor seemed to be a bust. I was bugged. I was deeply saddened when the rumors that Kobe wanted to be traded started circulating. Just so you understand how bad I was despairing, I started thinking that we were sinking into an organization similar to the Clippers' (drafting the Kandi Man in the first pick of the 1998 NBA draft just illustrates the direction of their organization). As you can see, it was a hard time for me.

I distinct remember the moment everything turned around. I was sitting in my locker getting ready for basketball practice when Joey Fuca came in saying that the Lakers traded for Pau Gasol. I couldn't believe. At first I was skeptical and asked who they traded, thinking that they had given up half their team to get him. When he told me that the only people they gave up was Javaris Critterton and Brian Cook, I was amazed. Who consented to that? Why wasn't it vetoed by the commish? What were the Grizzlies THINKING??

And it all happened right around the time Bynum started to prove himself. Suddenly, Mitch Kupchak looked like a prophet and I suddenly began approving him in everything he did.

And then they were finalists. I was so proud. I'll be honest, I didn't see it coming. But after a long and hard road, the Lakers are back on top, and I'm proud. They came so close to a fairy tale ending last year but it was just out of reach. This year is ours. I'm calling it now.
Lakers vs Celtics in the finals--

Lakers win in 7.

2 comments:

Chris McKinny said...

Keep dreaming Durso - they blew their chance last year - there are too many good teams out there - don't forget about New Orleans, Houston, Phoenix, Utah, Dallas, and oh yes the ancient Spurs (oh how poetic it would be if they would win again this year) not to mention Cleveland, Boston, Detroit, Philadelphia - the winner of this years Championship is anybody's guess - anyone of the 11 teams mentioned could win it - my prediction is New Orleans over Boston in 6 games.

Andrew P said...

I'll give this one to the Lakers as well. Houston won't make it out of the first round, again, and the Spurs have absolutely no chance. None, whatsoever.

I seemed to strapped for pics of Oates as well. I think I have one picture of him sitting on the plane going to hawaii. You can have it if you want it