The Press Enterprise: You’ve probably heard of activists boycotting coffeehouse chains, unscrupulous clothing manufacturers or dolphin-imperiling tuna companies? Well, Sasha Vujacic is launching a slightly more frivolous campaign.
Until the Lakers avenge their loss to the hated Boston Celtics in last summer’s NBA Finals, the fashion-conscious guard has vowed to abstain from wearing anything green. No camouflage shorts. No lime hairbands. Not even a “Kiss Me I’m Irish” T-shirt on St. Patrick’s Day.
“Everyone has their own thing, and that’s my thing,” Vujacic said. “I’ve decided not to wear green again until we beat them in the Finals.”
Vujacic’s pledge reflects the banner-or-bust mentality the Lakers have adopted as they prepare for their first meaningful game since last year’s return to glory flamed out in Game 6 of the Finals.
Not only would the Lakers view this season as a failure if they don’t win a championship, but they also would feel a twinge of disappointment if their title run didn’t culminate in a rematch with the team that vanquished them a year ago.
“Of course we want Boston,” Kobe Bryant said. “When a guy you’re fighting at lunchtime knocks you out, I’m coming back the next day. I’m coming back the next day and I don’t want the little 4-foot guy. I want the big football player.”