The ups and downs of the Los Angeles Lakers: '00 and beyond
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when someone says basketball?
Maybe it's the Boston Celtics, the famous dynasty that lasted for the entire 1960's. With Bill Russell and Red Auerbach at the helm, their legacies were created, and with that, a number of players saw their own legacies grow in the city of green as Boston amassed a total of 8 straight NBA championships, and 11 total from 1957 to 1969. Sam and KC Jones, Tom Sanders, John Havlicek and Tom Heinsohn are all legends, and they owe that to their time as Celtics. They went on to win 5 more Larry O'Brien's as the years went on, owing 3 of them to Larry Bird and his Big 4 companions, Kevin McHale, Robert Parish and Dennis Johnson, forming a dominant force of their own in the 1980's. And with all that, they are the team with the most championships in the league and have a rich history of playoff runs.
But we aren't talking about them. In fact, [CENSOR] the Celtics.
Maybe it's the New York Knicks, the mainstream attraction, the center of attention of the mecca of basketball itself, the big apple. The raucous crowd of the Madison Square Garden has been hungry for a Knicks dynasty since the NBA's inception, and even though legends such as Walt ''Clyde'' Frazier, Willis Reed and Patrick Ewing have been a part of Knicks history, New York has only seen two titles come to their possession. But the fans will not be detoured, as their hunger for the Knicks to rise is apparent. Ewing's career is reaching its twilight, with the can't miss prospect from the 1985 draft having been unable to fulfill his destiny to bring a third championship to the Knicks, despite many legendary moments in the mecca. Even with the fans' backing, the future of the franchise is bleak, and the Front Office will have to act accordingly to their hopes of a return to the glory days.
But we aren't talking about them either.
Maybe it's even the Chicago Bulls, the newest powerhouse in the NBA. They changed their identity several times in the past before settling with ''Bulls'' and have had two separate three-peats this past decade. Michael Jordan, the ''greatest basketball player of all-time'' led the Bulls to all 6 of their championships, along with defensive mastermind Scottie Pippen and several other players, including Horace Grant, B.J. Armstrong, Bill Cartwright, and the swiss army knife himself, ''The Worm'' Dennis Rodman. The Bulls were at the top of the East for most of the 90's, dethroning the aforementioned Knicks, the Pistons and the Magic, among others, and they were undefeated in the NBA Finals with the Jordan-Pippen core. Their demise was Jordan's second retirement a year ago, after doing so for a season and a half between the two three-peats after the death of his father. This meant that the entire championship roster would be pillaged the following season, and the United Center in Chicago would be emptied with hopes of a new champion to lead them to their seventh trophy.
But no, we are not talking about them either.
No, instead, we travel to southern California, where the new Staples Center holds two NBA teams as its tenants. The Los Angeles Cli...wait a minute.
We don't talk about the Clippers. They suck.
They are the L.A. B-Team. The scum of the NBA. They can go back to Buffalo for what I know. They talk a big deal about wanting to claim supremacy in the NBA's L.A. turf wars, but doing that with their reputation for a bad medical team, bad drafting and with as huge of a shadow as the one they walk on? Good luck with that.
No, we aren't talking about any one of those teams. They aren't the major reference people look at when they think basketball. They can win as many titles as they want, they can be in any worldwide famous arena that they want, they can try and attract a fanbase as much as they want, but they all bend the knee to one team, one that anyone and their grandmother have heard about. We are talking about the grandeur of the NBA, the place where stars come to play, where legends are born, where champions reign supreme, where ''magic'' occurs, the royalty and beauty of the league.
The Los Angeles Lakers.
Last edited by Smasher1311 : 07-22-2017 at 10:42 PM.