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Lakers Celebration Was Necessary

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One of the crucial roles professional sports have is uniting a city in catharsis.

In July 1967 the city of Detroit endured riots that claimed 43 lives and injured 467. In addition 7,231 people were arrested while damages estimated from $40 million to $80 million (not adjusted for inflation). In 1968 when the Detroit Tigers faced the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series, the city came together to cheer them on to victory.

When looking at images of the crowd Wednesday afternoon, it was moving to see the people. For all the strife people are facing today - economic uncertainty, global instability and a constant bombardment of fear - none of that mattered.

For one day race, gender, age, class, sexuality, political affiliation didn’t matter. The afternoon was about uniting in showing support for a team that gave the fans many moments of excitement since the end of October.