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Your Laker Journey: How did you become a fan?

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#41 Thanatos



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Posted August 29, 2013 - 09:27 PM

Noticed my dad watching the Finals in 2001 but didn't really start to pay attention until the 2002 playoffs. The moment I became hooked for life was when Robert Horry banged in that three in Game 4.

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#42 Lakerace24



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Posted August 30, 2013 - 06:15 AM

After the Bulls stopped winning I became a Lakers fan around 2000. But now I'm a Proud Heat Die Hard!

Before I read the second part of your post I was thinking, "Oh this piece of [expletive]"

#43 avcpl



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Posted August 30, 2013 - 11:29 AM

My dad was a fan and we didn't have much money when I was a kid. But he got these promo tickets to watch a scrimmage game at the Forum when I was very young. It was the Lakers v. the Lakers!  Half the team wore gold and half the team wore purple. We were cheering for the team with "Wilt the Stilt"! That's my earliest Laker memory...

#44 EJ06



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Posted August 31, 2013 - 12:06 PM

Great thread!

My earliest Laker memory is tunning into KCAL9 at random one night. 1996 or 97 I think.  I saw Eddie Jones sink two free throws. Since then, I've been a huge fan. Of course my dad really facilitated my love of basketball and the Lakers. He took me to at least two games and I even got to see Magic in his final season. Great times.

#45 xonx



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Posted September 01, 2013 - 04:04 AM

I'm old. Jerry West hitting that shot behind the half court against the Knicks did it for me. I was 5.

Had there been a 3 point line then, the Lakers would have won that game right then and there instead of losing in overtime. Probably would have won that series too. No Willis Reed heroics in Game 7.

#46 kball



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Posted September 07, 2013 - 05:48 AM

First Post. (btw following that dwight thread on meeting day hooked me here)

Way back in the day 71-72 season. Young kid. Lakers had wilt and West and Gail (elgin retired early in season) and they went on the famous 33 game win streak. I went to about 5 games with my dad that year (knicks, bucks, det. Chi.) KAJ was on the bucks. So was Big O.  A buddy i went to school with had season seats on the floor. We sat top 2 rows at the forum in colonade. Chick calling games (younger fans really missed out if you never caught chick...he was as good as the game itself)


Gail Goodrich and Elgin had a basketball camp in summer i went to a couple years in a row.  


I was hooked.


Never thought id like another Laker more than West. Then Magic comes along. Same with Magic. Then Kobe comes along.

I can't imagine liking another laker more than Kobe...he's been so good for so long. That said...my favorite laker teams were with magic in the 80's. That was a glorious decade. 9 finals in like 12 years. Seasons always going into June. So much good basketball.

Lucky to have been raised in so cal. 

Praying for 1. Kobe's Health (a special 20th season, like he deserves), 2. Draft Picks Ballin (they better. Seems half the team hasnt played in league) 3. Miracle Move (We still need 2 more impact guys, but Bass and Lou are solid moves), 4. Hibbert (trimming down, change of scenery and attitude sorely needed) 5. Upshaw (If he works out, mitch and jim and ryan deserve major kudos as the risk is minimal). Staples (some renewed energy in that building, been a total morgue last couple years)




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