The Real NBA Season Has Started
Now that the real NBA season has started, those Laker flowers have started to bloom. At the Dodger game Friday night the evidence of the germination was seen as several cars were seen with the Laker flags flying.
But it’s different this year. Last year the entire city was frothing at the Lakers being the one-seed in the Western Conference. At the beginning of last season it was expected to be more of the same - middle of the playoff pack and maybe with a prayer the Lakers could go far. But with the great play of center Andrew Bynum and the acquisition of Pau Gasol after Bynum went down, the Lakers emerged from the tough Western Conference with the one-seed by one game over the New Orleans Hornets.
After getting to the NBA Finals last season it was Championship or bust mentality this season for not only the team but the fans. As the Lakers dominated everyone (with the notable exception of the Orlando Magic) it was no surprise that they would again be the one-seed in the West. In fact this season they led the second seed by 11 games.
So it will take a little while to for the Laker flowers to bloom. Whether that’s a good thing or not is just a matter of personal taste.
It’s really hard to be objective about the Lakers here in Los Angeles. All we see is purple and gold and the Larry O’Brien trophy. So I asked my coworker who is a die-hard Detroit Pistons fan. I figured he could be more objective about this than I could since his Pistons have absolutely no chance of going anywhere in the playoffs. He agreed with me - there’s no way the Lakers will find any competition in the West.