I'm Happy To Be Wrong
Yes, I expected the Lakers to take this series in
five games. I didn’t give enough credit to the
amazing transforming men in green and their
When I lived in Los Angeles, I accepted the Lakers as the hometown team, but I was always uneasy with the fanatic and frenetic support they received from the citizenry. I detested Riley’s Gordon Gekko hair and demeanor, I admired Magic Johnson, but found his persona cloying, and the air of entitlement that the team exhibited was off-putting. And I could never get tickets. The Forum was routinely sold out, even the nosebleed seats.
When the Clippers hit town in ’84, I became a fan of the Worst Franchise In Professional Sports. They put some truly awful teams on the floor in those days (and in the years since) but they played in the decrepit Sports Arena. And they were fun to watch, in a train wreck sort of way. Because the Sports Arena never sold out, you could buy cheap tickets and move down to watch great basketball played by their opponents. True, you had to put up with Billy Crystal, but you could get in. Now of course, both LA teams share the Staples Center (though the Lakers, as the ‘senior tennant’, have much better locker room facilities than the Clips.)
The Lakers will be back to the finals soon, I’m sure. Despite the horrendous series that Bryant had, and the complete lack of bench support, they will return. I will hate them still.
I’ve spent a fair amount of time in Boston over the past few years, and I’d notice that while you could buy Patriots gear in any store, and Red Sox gear on any corner, Celtic hats , sweats, tees, and jerseys were rare to the point of extinction. Some places did carry the stuff, but it wasn’t on display. You had to ask for it, as if you were buying pornography or fire arms. I’m certain that’s changed this year. Good on ya, Celtics.
Now, these photos, eerily similar: