Lakers Re-write the Script on Ring Night


Another year, another ring ceremony.

Not quite

This time it felt more real. The Lakers didn’t win a championship, a family won a championship.

The Lakers re-wrote the script, having each player introduce each other was a first of its kind. Lawerence Tanter (Lakers PA Announcer) announcing a name, and having them walk across the court is always good.

But having family introduce family is better.

“Bill may be his father, but he’s really my son.” Phil Jackson said, as he introduced Luke Walton. Making Luke haters across the globe yell at their TV screens, “That’s why he gets so much playing time!”

“We’ve known each other since we were 12 years old…and I just want to let him know that his family is proud of him.” Lamar Odom announced as he brought out Ron Artest.

“He’s made numerous amounts of huge plays, big threes” Shannon Brown told the crowd, he then would smile from ear to ear, like an eager kid talking about his favorite player.

“He’s…he’s just the man to me!” as Brown brought out Derek Fisher, or as his Lakers teammates call him “El Presidente”.

The ring ceremony didn’t go without a few awkward moments. The aforementioned Lawerence Tanter, quickly introduced the training staff along with the assistant coaches before Phil Jackson and the players were introduced.

Those that were watching know that someone was skipped. The jumbotron at Staples, and TNT cameras were zoomed in, on special assistant coach Rasheed Hazzard (son of NBA legend and former Lakers executive Walt Hazzard), after Craig Hodges took a bow.

Hazzard’s name was never announced.

Whether it was Tanter’s fault or the guy that gave him the script is still a mystery, but Hazzard didn’t get to take a bow, after helping out with last years championship.

Another moment that seemed to be off script, was when Jerry Buss was brought out by Kobe Bryant, proclaiming him “The best owner in all of sports”, it seemed as if Buss was supposed to say something, but he just turned like a deer in the headlights and looked up towards the rafters.

The microphone was then juggled for a few seconds, and then handed to Ron Artest, looking confused; he looked to his teammates most likely asking, “What do I say now?”

Ron being the MC that he is did a nice improv, directing the crowd to look up in the rafters as his eyes then glazed over watching the banner that will represent him and the 09-10 champions for eternity.

The first three championships Phil and Kobe got together will always be special.

At that time, the common phrase when describing the talented bunch 2000-2002, particularly Kobe and Shaq was, “They don’t have to be friends off the court, or love each-other, to be successful.”

That statement is completely true.

However, it’s got to be that much more special when you win it as a family.

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  • http://sonofsambowie.blogspot.com/ John hathwell

    As a lifelong Laker fan, that ceremony gave me goose bumps, and encompassed everything that is good about the organization.

  • http://jtshoopsblog.blogspot.com/ jtshoopsblog

    I like that. Real Classy. I`m sure they`ll be doing the same thing this year

  • TOUCHING_MYSELF

    Definitely classy! Loved the family style of introduction, felt more intimate and great to see the Lakers starting off the season with a W!

    Shannon Brown is a much improved player… showing that he’s more than just a highlight reel, knocking down big shot after shot after shot!

    Blake showed that he’s an extremely intelligent player. He looked as if he’s been running in the triangle offense forever! Also knocking down big shots! The biggest being the game winner!

    Barnes showing his tenacity and the hustle that won the Lakers staff and players over to bring him here in the off season.

    This group that we have before us is a special group! This is a deep group, and most of all… it’s a CHAMPIONSHIP GROUP!

    GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • tbo

    Poor Rasheed Hazzard. No props as Lakers asst coach during the ceremony. Major fail by whoever gave Tanter the list to read off… :/

    • mike

      i noticed that haha the camera guy seemed confused on what to do.

    • http://sonofsambowie.blogspot.com/ John hathwell

      Yeah, I went to elementary school with Rasheed, but I couldn’t help but laugh at that.

  • KUSH

    I don’t want to gain the whole world and lose my soul!

    • 242LakerFan

      Then lay off the KUSH!!!

  • Zac

    it was an awesome Ring Ceremony, but when do we get to see upclose pictures of the New Championship Rings?

  • what what!

    Lamar’s intro to Artest almost brought the tears out of me.

  • kb24isthebest

    poor hazzard and i also REALLY didnt like when they said boooooo to luke walton i mean seriously?!?!?!?! that was HARSH, lakers fans r better than that :(

    • Robert.

      Oh no, they were chanting “Luuuuuuuuuke”. Yes, when they first did that years ago, I thought it was “booooo” (sounds the same), but it’s not.
      .
      Despite the fact that Luke has been a bust lately, many fans still like him, and I’m sure Phil’s intro was a ‘calculated’ assist.

    • You dumbass

      they was saying LUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUKE

    • Jediraph

      That was Luuuuuukeeee! just like Cooooooopppp for Mike Cooper back in the days.

    • LizzakeShizzow

      The crowd did the same for Tyronn Lue before Walton. Luuuuuueeee!

  • Jediraph

    for 2 years (Ring Ceremonies) now, I haven’t seen Mitch Kupchack with the Lakers on the court. i’m just wondering, coz he really deserved to be there with the rest of the team and be acknowledged. also, when Kobe retires, who do you think the Lakers will go after? KD, LBJ or D-Wade?

    • Dameon

      Well Durant can be in Purple and GOld and that would be amazing, but I will never except LBJ and D-Wade in purple and gold. Our Jerseys represent something sacred and pure and there is nothing sacred and pure about those guys

      • Jediraph

        true

  • KUSH

    A friend will help you move…But a real friend will help you move a body

    • BLOOD & GUTS

      I DON’T CONSIDER MYSELF YOUR FRIEND, BUT IF THE BODY IS LAFFS AT2 (NUTSONHISCHIN) THEN I’LL HELP!!!

  • http://57.amklac/ laffs atu

    lmao, lbj and d-wade aren `t worthy enough to wear a laker uniform yet the rapist kobe is?nice……..

    • What laffs atu meant to say was…..

      Imao, lbj and d-wade aren’t worhty enough to wear a laker uniform! Kobe is! nice………….

    • laffs atu!

      All talk and no action makes “laffs atu” a dull girl!

  • LaKeR bOy

    @KB24 hahaha youz a dumb ass foo, they wer chanting LUUUUUUUKE…

  • LInda

    What an amazing ring ceremony, loved every minute of it, I love this Lakers team, now get to work and win another championship, THREEPEAT!!!!!!!!!!

  • BLOOD & GUTS

    THIS TEAM DOES SEEM LIKE A FAMILY NOW! IN A WAY IT WAS A DYSFUNCTIONAL FAMILY FOR YEARS WITH THE SHAQ/KOBE SPATS, COLORADO, “TRADE HIS A$$” AND I WANT TO BE TRADED TIRADES!
    THE LAKERS SHOULD MAKE IT UP TO RASHEED HAZZARD AT THE NEXT GAME HALLOWEEN NIGHT BY HAVING KOBE OR FISH ANNOUNCE HIS NAME!
    *****STILL OVER 1,000 TICKETS FOR THE LAKERS HALLOWEEN NIGHT GAME–> http://bit.ly/a6iLTr

  • wbgk1979

    Ring ceremony was all chills.
    .
    And when that 16th banner appeared……nice.
    Blake was great, Barnes did a terrific job, but who impressed me the most was Shannon Brown. This guy has definitely been working hard over the summer to improve his game. It’s save to say that the work paid of.
    So glad, the Lakers could keep Shannon in LA. 3-peat here we come.

  • jediraph

    But where is Mitch Kupchack?