Weirdly i was also a fan of the Celtics as well, mainly due to Bird and his shooting ability, but also because they were the complete opposite of the Lakers. No flashiness, fundamentals and hard grind. As a kid I didn't realize the huge rivalry they had before the 80s. However the Lakers were the reason for me not only becoming a fan of basketball but wanting to play the game. I still remember to this day all my Lakers gears I had like Caps, Jerseys, Videos etc. Anyway after Magic had to retire I was so shocked and sad. Losing him was so tough. I really lost some of my love of the Lakers when that happened. While I still followed the Lakers from that point on till the 2000 championship, I wouldn't say I was a supporter. While I was a fan of Jordan, I really became a big Barkley fan after Magic retired. Because of that I became a Suns fan and then Houston fan during the 9 year lull the Lakers went through. As I said I still followed the Lakers during those Ceballos, Van Exel, E Jones era but I wouldn't say I was a fan. Moving on to the 2000 Conference Finals Game 7. This is where my dedication to the Lakers was re ignited and has never wavered since. The funny thing is I had been so disappointed with how the Lakers had failed the last couple seasons before that. I actually wanted Portland to win as I felt they deserved too also having the best record that year. Anyway with the Lakers down big in that last quarter I was thinking serves you guys right, you're going to choke again. Then when Kobe lobbed it to Shaq ..........BAMN!!!! My love for the Lakers was back in one play. I had always been a huge Shaq fan but for me that was when Kobe became great for me. Ever since then through the ups and the downs I have been dedicated to this team. I still laugh to myself when I think it took me hating my team, and them pulling that huge comeback Game 7 win to get me to the point I'm at now. Some may look at my story and think I just jumped on the bandwagon. I don't care because this was the journey I had to take to become the fan I am now. I liken my Laker love to that of a soul mate. When I first saw the Lakers I fell in love. When Magic retired I lost that I went around the block so to speak and tried other partners out lol. I even built a hatred towards them. But in the end they showed me why I loved them in the 1st place. Because they are winners and champions!!! LAKERS 4 EVER.
Edited by jax24, May 24, 2013 - 01:12 PM.