Lakers Had to Win, Right?
It really did seem inevitable, didn’t it?
Oh yeah. I was steadfast in my belief that the Lakers would win the NBA title. Oh that blip after Game 4 of the Western Conference Finals was another person. Wasn’t me. I was possessed by TJ Simers!
In all seriousness, watching the Magic steadfastly break apart the Cleveland Cavaliers while the Lakers were at that time having problems with the Denver Nuggets was cause for concern. The match up problems the Magic posed for the Lakers just seemed too much. Andrew Bynum couldn’t guard Dwight Howard - look at what Howard did to Bynum in the two regular season games.
But in the end the Lakers found that gear and gave it to the Magic winning the series 4-1. And there’s a lot of significance in that.
First it gives Phil Jackson his 10th championship as a head coach and 12th overall. There is no doubt that Phil Jackson is the best coach ever in the NBA passing that curmudgeon and most hated Celtic of all Red Auerbach.
This is also the famous one-without-Shaq title for Kobe.
But more than all of this, this is the first title for the Lakers without Chick Hearn announcing. For so many years Chick Hearn’s voice was synonymous with the Lakers. He called the first title for Los Angeles in 1972, the year Jerry West finally broke through. He was there for Showtime. He was there for the Three-peat. When he died in 2002 he left a huge void in the Lakers world.
While many have speculated there was a Chick Hearn curse, the Lakers proved that it didn’t exist. But just in good measure they took seven years to win this one.
Finally this is the final year that KLAC AM 570 will be the Lakers radio station. Since the 1976-1977 season they have captured every Lakers moments on the court. The Lakers will be moving to KSPN AM 710 next season, the only local sports station that carries local programming.
Enough of this wistfulness. Despite the pond-fucking scum who decided vandalism was a great way to celebrate and the subsequent whiny bitching and histrionics declaring that Sunday night devolved into riots, the Lakers are champions and that alone is cause to celebrate. The parade will start at the Staples Center and wind up in the Coliseum. If there are any problems or technical glitches that’s all right. It’s just a dress rehearsal to the Dodgers victory parade in November.
LA Angels defeat San Francisco Giants 9-7. I hate interleague play.
Oakland A’s at LA Dodgers. Dallas Braden vs. Clayton Kershaw. 7:10 pm KCAL9, AM 790 KABC.
LA Angels at San Francisco Giants. Sean O'Sullivan vs. Jonathan Sanchez. 7:15 pm FSWest, AM 830 KLAA/AM 980 KFWB.