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Well, I’m sure that by now all of you here on this great website have begun to act a little strange, spent restless nights tossing and turning, and cursed a little more often than usual. It’s totally normal… Ever since I have had a knowledge of loyalty, I have not met or known anyone as loyal as Laker fans. “I beg to differ!” may yell a Kings fan, or a Spurs fan but I just shrug and prove it. Sure the Kings arena has been known to be the loudest arena in the NBA.
I can’t seem to shake the notion that it’s the aggression that the fans carry from fielding a losing product all these year. Heck, if my team reached the playoffs for so many years, but had absolutely nothing to show for it, I would yell obscenities all game long, and rattle my bell till my hand fell off too. But I digress…
I remember, the first time I actually got into the Lakers, sure I had watched games before then, but never had I felt the tingly sensation I felt when I saw my Lakers determinedly come back from a 16 point deficit, and win a game capped by the infamous alley-oop between our Kobe Bryant and Mr. Shaquille O’Neal. It opened my eyes to Laker basketball, and to its loyal fans. Seeing the game unfold on television and witnessing how fan loyalty and adoration, you might say, played a huge role in switching momentum to our side, ignited an inner fire within me. I haven’t missed a game yet, and that was years ago, and I don’t plan on missing any game anytime soon.
Year after year, the Lakers had fielded a great product, whether it be an entertaining product or a winning product, it didn’t matter. Of course, winning is the most important thing but as a real NBA fan knows winning one championship is easy, but to keep on winning on a consistent basis is the hardest.
Players move on, as well as owners. Teams improve, internally or by trades or free agent signings. However, throughout all these years the Lakers have stayed constant and put forth a great product. So, as you can imagine, these past few years have been a struggle for the fans. We have fielded mediocre teams and have struggled mightily, with the only constant sure thing being Kobe Bryant. It is not that we are bandwagon fans, it’s just that when the fans are used to greatness, mediocrity is a slap in the face. Maybe we’re spoiled, but that’s a good thing and a compliment to the Laker organization. It means that mediocrity has never been accepted nor excused.
These struggles have mired the fans in a hole, a hole where all we hear is idols asking to be traded, dissing their teammates, and salary cap restrictions. For a while I wondered, where are the Lakers? This team that’s here is certainly not the Lakers. The Lakers would never accept this losing. I wondered, is there any hope, any ember still burning enough to light the fire again?
Well, I suddenly found that ember, that light. One night while cursing the Lakers front office, and reading fruitless online rumors, I came across a comment posted on some blog. It mentioned a certain website called GetGarnett.com, and how good it was. Having nothing better to do, I went to the website. Bam!
First thing, I am bombarded with is a nuclear bomb in the form of the now famous, Do Something And Do It Now video. As the short video played, the hairs on my arm stood up. I got chills watching the transitions between Phil Jackson, Steven A. Smith, and finally Kobe Bryant with the finality of his statement. I was left in a state of shock, and that was just the intro to the website. I pressed the Enter button on the bottom of the video and that was it… I was hooked.
Day after day, morning, afternoon and night, my hopes have rested on a simple website. When my hopes for a winning team are dwindling, I go for my fix. I read the rumors, hope and dream for this Laker nation. It might sound silly but I have found the ember that my inner fan fire needed… my fire is burning, and burning good.
Do Something And Do It Now!