Props: The Los Angeles Lakers
I have the pleasure of calling one of the greatest teams across all sports the team that I love… holder of 16 NBA championships, 23 hall of famers, home of Magic Johnson and Kobe Bryant… the one and only… Los Angeles Lakers. From George Mikan to Kobe Bryant, the Lakers have long list of great hall of fame players and household names. However, being a Lakers fan can be tough at times. Hailing from Indiana but growing up thirty minutes away from downtown Chicago (shout out to Michael Jordan), I would get a lot of heat from people asking why I don’t support my home team. Most people would hit me with the “Oh you just like the Lakers because of Shaq and Kobe.” It is tough at times; I’m not going to lie. But I strongly believe that you’re not a real fan of a team just because of where you live. That doesn’t make any sense, quite honestly. A true fan is a fan of a team where no matter how far away from their stadium that person lives or how hostile of an environment the rivaling teams of that person may be in. He or she will love and show unwavering support for that particular team.
A big factor that led me to become a die-hard Lakers fan, other than that magical feeling that no one can explain where you just out of nowhere fall in love, is largely in part to my main man Eddie Jones hailing from Temple University. I was really a big fan of how he played the game, and the man had a beautiful stroke, I might add. His three pointers were automatic at times. I’m talking about nothing but net. Then Kobe came along and amazed me once again. It’s like the Lakers were recruiting gods, finding talent in every part of this nation. Not just ordinary talent. I’m talking about the kind of talent that makes you immortal. The kind of talent that will allow you to drop 81 points in a single game where you were down by 4 at the half!
So, to the Los Angeles Lakers, proud owner of 16 championships, I give to you a big, special props for being the team that I love dearly; the team for which I bleed purple and gold; the team that a lot of people hate simply because we’re one of the best, and at times “the best”, plain and simple. Some say the Lakers’ time is over, and basketball is all about the Miami Heat. I say to those people: when the Heat acquires their first three-peat then come talk to me, when 23 players’ jerseys hang in the Hall of Fame then come talk to me, when their history isn’t due to in part to one or two legendary individuals but more than six very special, talented players like Magic Johnson who brought show time to LA or Kobe Bryant, future hall of famer, who is arguably one of the best, if not the best, players to ever lace up a pair of sneakers on the hardwood, then come talk to me. I salute you Los Angeles Lakers. You are the best and will continue to be the best. Even though this may be a dark and scary time for us being that we only have three players under contract, and Kobe is coming from not one but TWO very serious injuries, we will persevere. We will come out on top. And to the person reading this that happens to be a fan of the Lakers: when you feel like you just can’t take any more of this failure we’ve been experiencing, just remember that night in 2004. Game five versus the San Antonio Spurs in the Western Conference Finals and we’re down with 0.4 seconds left in the 4th quarter. All hope was lost because, logically speaking, we were finished in that game… But Derek Fisher… DEREK FISHER, came out of nowhere with the touch jump shot to win the game.