Great article from Kevin Ding.
O.C. Register: It was two days before the Lakers’ regular-season opener that Sasha Vujacic (and Maria Sharapova) enjoyed the U2 concert at the Rose Bowl.
It’s now six months later, and the Lakers – sing along with Bono, if you know the lyrics – still haven’t found what they’re looking for.
For such a complacent, skilled, defending-champion team, the Lakers still haven’t found that elusive quality that drives greatness much further than talent does.
The reason that the Oklahoma City Thunder has seemed so overwhelming is not because they’ve been winning more. This series is very much tied, 2-2. But the eighth-seeded Thunder has what the top-seeded Lakers want.
Oklahoma City has been fearless. Refreshingly, spectacularly, charmingly fearless.
And in so being, the Thunder has revealed just how much fear the Lakers are toting around as they try not to lose the championship they still hold.