“I ain’t a killer but don’t push me. Revenge is like the sweetest joy next to gettin’ *****”  — 2Pac

Laker fans have two memories that still burn. Two teams that left a scar. Two slanders on our record which have yet to be vindicated.

Phoenix and Boston.

I don’t even need to tell you the years, the series, the situations or anything more than those two cities, and all Laker fans know exactly what I’m talking about. Which is why, despite feeling sick to my stomach for doing so, I was rooting for the Suns and the Celtics — a chance at redemption and revenge.

The memories of those eliminations still burn. They haunt Los Angeles to this day. No one gets excited for the Orlando Magic. Maybe a little for Cleveland, and only then, because of LeBron. But bring up the Phoenix Suns or the Boston Celtics, and people in this town get angry.

We’re not over it. We still want revenge.

And please don’t think for a minute that Kobe has forgotten about the losses against either of those teams. More so than repeating, more so than showing the world that he’s better than LeBron, more so than silencing doubters… Kobe wants revenge. 2Pac stated it best. No matter the level of maturity, no matter how Zen, no matter how focused, wanting revenge is such a visceral, primal impulse that can stay inside the hyper-competitive forever.

When asked if he was seeking revenge against the Suns, he answered, “What do you think? You already know.”

It wasn’t a coincidence that he went off for 40 in Game 1, while ripping the Suns to shreds. I honestly wished to see Raja Bell on the floor, just to watch Kobe torture him like Jack Bauer would a terrorist. Believe me, unless Kobe gets (more) injured, he’s saving some tricks up his sleeves for the Celtics, too.

All that talk of Kobe being a cold-blooded killer? His blood will boil if the Celtics show up for the NBA Finals this year. I want to see him decimate Paul Pierce for his Academy-Award winning performance in “Faking an Injury to be a Hero.” I want to see Fisher shut down Rondo, silencing doubters. I want to see Artest pummel Wallace in a cage fight. “Get Garnett” will have a completely different meaning.

Beating the Magic last year was nice but really wasn’t satisfying. We didn’t exorcise either of our demons. It was disappointing, really. Yeah, we won a championship, but it would have felt that much sweeter if we had stuck it to the two teams that have caused us so much heartache over the years.

This year, we may finally get the chance.

And only then, after the Suns’ flames lay extinguished and we’ve snatched the pot of gold from the Celtics, will this thirst for revenge be sated.

Other Spotlights -

  • Nice of Odom to finally show up. Really. About time.
  • The Celtics figured out what the Pistons of 2004 figured out — you don’t need to double-team a dominant center. Make him beat you one-on-one and lock down the rest of team. Especially if your big man can’t create to save his life.
  • Amare is such a liability on defense that it almost negates his offensive output.
  • Van Gundy asked something that I thought was interesting. He wondered what Kobe thought of the LeBron situation. Me too.
  • I also think it would be a good time to be a therapist in Cleveland.
  • I also can’t believe that of all the ESPN.com “expert picks,” not one chose the Lakers in five but two (Hollinger and Stein) had the Suns in six. Really? This expert is calling it right now. Lakers in five.
  • - Go Celtics! (Excuse me, I need to go throw up now)
  • http://VervePacquiao.info Billy Kupchak

    No one gets exCited* for the Orlando Magic.

    ◕‿~

  • http://TheVerveNerve.com Billy Kupchak

    No one gets exCited* for the Orlando Magic.

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  • mr. tae

    vengeance is a dish best served cold.

  • Tomas

    LOVE DA START,

    2PAC IS MY IDOL AS WELL AS KOBE

  • lakeshow15

    what song is this verse from i forgot i wanna hear it and think of vengence when i do hear it i want rondo shut down.

    • lakers2000

      Hail Mary is the song. I have been waiting for the Lakers to get revenge as well! We’re rolling now and taking names. Go Lakers!!!!!!

  • avcpl

    It would be sweet, but damn I remember two years ago rooting for the celts because i thought they were old and we would have a better chance; it was surely a “careful what you wish for” result.

  • KING

    i too have been pondering revenge, i wish bynum was at his best going into battle… but there will be no excuses. i cant wait

  • gugy

    Well,
    If we win against Boston I have to say that this ring will be damn sweet. Beating Suns and Celts in the same year cannot be better for any Laker fan.

  • LakersFirst

    NEVER ROOT FOR THE SUCKDICS. NEVER WANT THEM TO WIN A GAME. WHOEVER THEIR OPPONENT IS, ROOT FOR THEM

    The best revenge is to win more championships then them. I don’t even want them having the smallest chance at winning 18.

    • Sasha4Lvp

      agreed

  • http://thetruthrenaissance.wordpress.com/ BE_A_LakerFan

    I want to the Celtics too!

  • laker fan

    …what do we have here now, do you wanna ride or die….” that song gets me going… the only thing in this world i like green is money, that’s it, i do want to see LA and boston in the finals, i want the lakers to win it in boston, the thought alone is almost orgasmic, im salivating at the mouth just thinking about it…. Lakers ftw baby!!

  • TOUCHING_MYSELF

    This can definitely be THE PERFECT STORM! We get to avenge our losses against Phoenix and Boston, Kobe and Fish gets the 5th ring (tied with Magic Johnson), Artest gets his first, we get another parade, and LeHype again didn’t live up to the hype and LeBowed out of the playoffs early!

    AVCPL, yeah we all remember that painful summer. But you only gain as much as you risk! If the risk is huge, the gain is huge! The Lakers (the team and the fans) aren’t afraid of those COCKSTON CELD!CKS!

    I want NOTHING more than to see Kobe and gang to rip the hearts out of the “little 3″ and show it to them in their face before they wilt and retire! I want all of COCKSTON to know that their town is NO LONGER RELEVANT in any sport anymore!

    The Bruins blew a 3-0 game lead and also blew a 3-0 lead in game 7 to lose to the FLYERS! The Patriots made crucial mistakes and lost to their rival the COLTS! The Red Sox are getting their asses handed to them by their arch rival, the Yankees, and how much sweeter would it be to see the Celd!cks get their hopes and dreams CRUSHED by our beloved LAKERS?!!!!!!!

    The 4th ring was sweet for Kobe as the 10th was for Phil, but think of how much sweeter the 5th and 11th would be, respectfully, to the both of them to get it against those leprechaun bastards for denying them of it back in 2008?!

    And remember, it was after that series, when Artest walked into Kobe’s shower and DECLARING to him that he was going to help Kobe win a ring over the gay ass Celd!cks! How fitting and almost prophetic for Artest, of all people, to deliver on his words and promise! At that time, those words meant nothing to Kobe and to Lakers fans, but right now… they mean EVERYTHING!

    Trust me when I say “WE WANT COCKSTON!” We are not afraid! We WILL get our revenge and decimate that franchise, that city, and their fans!

    “I ain’t a killer but don’t push me. Revenge is like the sweetest joy next to gettin’ *****” — 2Pac
    Kobe’s made an amendment to that line… “I am a killer, you’ve pushed me, and now watch me get my sweet revenge!”

    GO KOBE!!!!!!!!!
    GO ZEN BOY!!!!!!!!!!!!
    GO ARTEST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    GO BYNUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    GO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • http://www.twitter.com/TLN24 Marwan Marzina

      Really now, I think it was destiny for the Lakers and Celtics to meet in the finals the season they get Ron Ron. Fate wants him to fulfill his words he said to Kobe and hopefully, Ron Ron will earn his first cookie this year against the team he promised Kobe he’d help beat!

    • jerome

      im from philly but ive been a lakers fan ALL THE WAY BACK to when jerry west elgin baylor cassie russell and wilt played for the lakers. im a LIFETIME lakers fan. we are the ONLY REAL TEAM IN THE NBA. cant nobody deal with us. them chumps from boston they aint nobody.we will CRUSH THEM in the finalsthere is a lot of laker fans here in philly so LAKER NATION UNITE. WE RULE THE NBA.AND WE WILL REPEAT YOU CAN TAKE THAT TO THE BANK. PEACE OUT. LAKERSTAR4. FROM PHILLY. LAKERS RULE.

  • lakerbunny

    KOBE ALSO HAS THE CHANCE TO PASS SHAQ IN RINGS AND PROVE THAT JERRY BUSS & THE LAKERS MADE THE RIGHT CHOICE! FISHER ALSO HAS THE CHANCE TO PASS SHAQ IN RINGS, THERE’S NO HATRED BETWEEN THE TWO BUT WOULD BE AN NICE INCENTIVE TO HAVE ON YOUR RESUME! IF “THE ACADEMY” ALLOWS PIERCE TO SHOW UP IN THE FINALS THEY SHOULD AWARD HIM A GOLDEN STATUETTE IN THE SHAPE OF WHEELCHAIR! THEY CAN CALL IT THE “GRANDSTANDING GIMP!” THE ONLY EXCITEMENT THE MAGIC BRINGS IS BARNES “NO FLINCHING” ANTICS WITH KOBE! BUT ITS MINOR! WE WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP ON THEIR FLOOR SO HOMECOURT ISN’T IMPORTANT! IF YOU’RE GOING TO A GAME IN PHOENIX THERE ARE TICKETS AVAILABLE! GO TO https://teamexchange.ticketmaster.com/html/eventlist.htmI?l=EN&team=suns&wt.mc_id=NBA_TM_LCL_PHX_TE_PAGE_LINK

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  • http://thelakersnation.com/blog/category/original-articles/benchmob-beat/ Anna Gonda

    That photo was my desktop wallpaper FOREVER after the Lakers won that game in Boston last season. RONDO CAN EAT IT!

  • tiana

    n ppl r saying im not a true fan of the lakers cuz i want em to play the celtics. some ppl must have gotten over it but me it still burns me like 10 min ago. some images u just never forget n i want to finally put it in the past. n also rub it in the faces of the ppl in Massachusetts cuz i live there. haha take that ya losers

  • tradesasha

    it’s the year of the revenge….suns did it to the spurs, looks like the celtics will get their revenge over the magic for last year semi game 7 loss at home, and hopefully the lakers will finished off this run by beating the suns in the wcf and go on to the finals and beat those celdicks…how sweet would that be….lets get it lakers!!

    • seankobe

      but the jazz and the cavs didn’t get those revenge….but theres one thing bothering me, if it is the year of upset? spurs to mavs, boston to cavs and might be boston to magic…but hell no suns to lakers, so it is revenge and upset year, and I choose revenge of course..

  • lakeb

    ALREADY got revenge, won the title in 2009, and 3-1 vs. celtics since finals. that one loss being without kobe. so what kg was injured last year, bynum and ariza were injured in the 2008 finals. I would rather see a 2010 lakers-magic finals again

  • http://www.facebook.com/paulcamantigue Whatsa

    To add to that Raja Bell comment..

    Even though Raja Bell clotheslined Kobe.. he still admitted that he thought Kobe is the best player on the planet.

    So, I awarded him 1 internets.

  • Mr. Tae

    Payback time!!

  • justdogm1

    so how will it feel to lose it all again to those old tired celtics?don`t think it can`t happen…….

    • tiana

      dont worry we wont lose to them again. we got home court n we can take em in boston

  • kobebyrant24

    the fire burn it time for revenge let the head roll first the sun then fuck boston then the fifth ring that the game plan for LAKERS

  • highflyer

    if u think of it the celdicks r playing out of thier minds.. rondo is just rippin the floor and hopefully gasol could win the battle between him n hg. bynum n perkins cancel out, artest shuts down peirce and hopefully makes some threes and posts up that academy award winning princess, kobe n allen can both sort of make a shot from anywhere, kobe wins the matchup, rondo is quick n will probably get gaurded by kobe but he defiitely wins the pg [psition, can someone make me confident that the frontline can brings some physicality n we cud beat theur @ss cuz my cuzin is killing me n saying that if they meat up in d finals, celts r gonna win,

  • gugy

    Looks like the Celts will make to the finals, Orlando just choke. Tomorrow is time to almost put a lock on the Lakers end.
    Good stuff coming ahead. Time for revenge guys! I bet Kobe and Co. can’t wait for it.

  • Wilt

    I to cant wait for boston. It will be an interesting series boston is different since the regular season and so are the lakers both playing better. Although seeing the Celts dominate on the road scares me sometimes. But I still think Lakers are a better home team than Celtics are a road team. Lakers over suns in 5 Celtics over magic in 5 or 6. Lakers over Celtics in 6 thats my prediction.

    • gugy

      Could be. Just three things I see in this Lakers team that is very different from 2008
      • Revenge, they are all pissed, specially Kobe
      • Artest could be a difference maker against PP
      • Lakers team is wayyyyy more experienced now and aware than 2008. Back then only Kobe and Fisher were that deep into the playoffs and finals.

      We’ll see, I just hope we don’t lose, I will get so pissed!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! lol

      • Wilt

        Thats another good point all of our players have as much or more finals experience minus ron artest. but that doesnt mean ron wont do anything against them.

  • NBAmazingkb24

    nothing better then a repeat against the Celtics.
    i hate the celtics but i am rootings for Boston!
    Just thinking about destroying them in nba finals
    just puts a great smile on my face.
    Nothing is sweeter then to beat those celtics down in the finals.
    Repeat

  • cqc_NastyN8

    lol the 2pac quote just sums it up for us all. we all want REVENGE!!! bring it on!

  • chot

    i like how kobe points his finger at rondo and allen holding him like kobe is scolding a punk kid

  • Mihailicious

    SWEEP! There’s no chance the Suns win a game, not at Staples, not at home, not even if they play on the moon.

  • Robert

    You must realize that THIS is the reason we have Artest instead of Ariza. Artest will knock the daylights out of whomever he guards on the Celdicks (a much more physical team than the Magic).
    .
    We have a better chance against the Celdicks this year than in 2008, and we SHOULD have beaten them then. They had the refs on their side a couple of games. But anyway, here are the reasons:
    .
    1) Garnett’s defense is NOT as good as in 2008. He can’t perform roaming defense and moving screens like he did back then. That’s over.
    2) Celdicks do not have Posey and Brown, two KEY role players who shot some daggers at the most important times in 2008.
    3) Pierce is not the same. He is not clutch like he was back then. Not as agile.
    4) Celdicks do not have a role player like Leon Powe (remember he scored 21 points in one game in 2008)
    5) Lakers have Bynum. Yes, injured, but determined to play through injuries. We will outsize the Celdicks.
    6) Our D is MUCH better than 2 years ago, AND last year. Defense wins games, and we will do that.
    7) Ron-Ron – see point #6. Now even if he doesn’t step up – we should be sure that his simple presence has increased the Lakers defense oriented mentality. Just like Ariza helped ‘speed up’ our offense last year.
    8) Lakers play ‘better’ 1/2 court than last year – they are a slower team, but that works in their favor for 1/2 court.
    9) Celdicks are a 1/2 court team, and are even slower than the Lakers. So, even though the Lakers can beat them 1/2 court, they can also outrun them. Lamar Odom admitted that the Lakers can run with the best. The Lakers RAN with OKC, and are RUNNING with the Suns. They can actually outrun the Celdicks in the fast break. Watch for them to do that if the 1/2 court game stalls.
    .
    OK, that being said, the X-factor for the Celdicks is Rajon Rondo, who is now at a dangerous level, and recall that our weakness was in fast point guards. He is quick, fast, and smart now. So all the Lakers have to do is shut down the 3 point shot (read: Ray Allen), have Pau and Drew pound the boards, and we’ll be set.
    .
    Did anyone notice that our opponents have had reasonably commanding defeats against their opponents, only to run up against the “Laker wall”? Remember that the Jazz ‘handily’ beat the Nuggets, who were a formidable Laker opponent. The Suns ran over the Spurs. But both the Jazz and the Suns are running into that “Laker wall”. The same will be true of the Celdicks. They may defeat the Magic, but then they too, will be stopped in their tracks.

    • http://www.twitter.com/TLN24 Marwan Marzina

      As long as your comment was, it got the message across and with the Ron Ron comment, I couldn’t agree more. People are giving him so much hate here in LA and it seems like I’m the only fan in LA.
      By the way, we shouldn’t think ahead. Right now we have to finish off the Suns then focus on the Finals.
      Other than that, I’m ready for a rematch. this time the Lakers end it their way.

      • Robert

        Thanks Marwan! I’m glad someone else acknowledges Ron-Ron’s value. Even the Nuggets admitted that our D is better this year. And Kurt Rambis (defense coach) wasn’t around – so, I’m sure it’s because of Ron-Ron. Derek Fisher must have learned something from him.
        .
        I think he’s saving the best for last. He’s going to step it up in the Finals. He also appears healthy (haven’t heard much about the plantar fasciitis).
        .
        After the Finals are over, he’ll be one of the heroes.

  • Rio Rondo College

    I’m rooting for the Celtics because I want them to embarrass the Lakers again!

    • lakers2000

      Uhh, O.K. Good luck with that you troll. Haa Haaa haaahaaaa!

    • xtro

      be careful what you wish for, baby.

    • lakeb

      listen RIO you fag clown. lakers played the 08 finals WITHOUT bynum or ariza and STILL took the celtics to 6 games. THERE IS NO DOUBT, the lakers would have swept them and won that series if they had those 2 players healthy. So fuck off and bow down to the espn ranked number 1 franchise of all time: THE LAKERS

      • Rio Rondo College

        Typical Laker fan. EXCUSES, EXCUSES, and more EXCUSES. Why is it that you always blame the refs or injuries? If your team is that good, shouldnt they find a way to pull it out?

        • choo-choo

          the last time i checked, the lakers are the champs.

  • Leo

    Yeah it would be great to win against the Celtics…but two problems:

    1. The Celtics are playing DAMN good, and are winning on the road.

    2. It’s risky – If the Celtics were to somehow win, it would set us back 2 years, with us losing a championship, and them gaining one.

    I’m not rooting for anyone anymore (except the Lakers)…For all I care, they can just fvck themselves. We will take whoever.

  • T-Bone

    Don’t think for a second the Celtics don’t want the Lakers aswell. They would love to go at the Lakers again and eventhough the lakers are better Celts still match-up with them aswell. Gasol will not dominate against KG/Wallace. Gasol will not be facing undersized power forwards (Green,Boozer,Frye etc.) Kobe will be Kobe they key to the series would be Artest. He will not only need to stop Pierce he would have to hit open shots that he will get. BE CAREFULL WHAT YOU WISH FOR!

  • andyhank

    With boston stealing both home games it pretty much cemented the fact that they will be facing the lakers in the finals if and when we get there. what concerned me is how boston is winning on the road. the key to winning the series is taking a 2-0 series lead. i am confident in game one kobe is going to explode and well have a blowout. game 2 will be decided in the last minute, and hopefully we can pull thru. we dont dont do this, we could realistically see a 7 game series. but we must wait until then..

  • boiling blood

    phil and kobe are aware of that. they will make sure the team will not surrender home court advantage to the hated celtics.

  • No2DaEazy

    AWESOME ARTICLE!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU the shit bobby lol

  • Robert

    Hollinger’s odds are 65% / 35% in favor of the Lakers winning it all! This is HUGE. Many ESPN weenies are going either way, but the statistics are in favor of the Lakers. It’s not even 55/45 … it’s ‘technically’ a landslide.
    .
    I’m going with the statistics this time!!!!
    .
    (yes, I’m talking about Finals, Lakers/Celtics)

    • Wilt

      That is true but hollinger picked the suns over the lakers in this series too man.

  • TOUCHING_MYSELF

    Look it, we don’t need statistics and popular opinion to win the championship. We need our guys to play their game CONSISTENTLY! If they do, then the Lakers win hands down! There’s not a team out there that can beat them in a 7 game series!

    It’s looking more and more like a rematch of 2008, and tell you what fellas, and gals… I’m so damn excited for it! I’m not even playing and I’m so excited. Can you guys imagine how Kobe and gang feels when they step on to the Staples Center to seek revenge?

    I know that Kobe WILL not let his team, his fans, and his city down! This is the PERFECT STORM people!

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

    • Wilt

      very well put. I cant wait to say at the end of the season on bostons behalf THE REPEAT IS COMPLETE!!!!!!!!!

  • Pepper Ann

    For me the loss to the 2004 Detroit Pistons hurt more than Phoenix. Can’t wait to avenge that in the future.

  • deerock

    Hey everyone.I live in LA, but honestly if the Lakers and Celtics meet in the finals. The Celtics would win! And I am going to give you three reasons why:

    1.The Celtics first four (Rondo,KG,PP, and Allen) are better than the Lakers first 4!
    Case in point,in the three series they having been playing against Miami, Cleveland and Orlando PP, Allen, and Garnett all have had bad games! But they still dominated the teams! If any of the Lakers have bad games Kobe,Gasol,Bynum or Odom the Lakers crumble easy! To beat the Celtics all the Lakers would have to have superb games all 4 times!The Celtics can afford two of their stars to have a bad game! The Lakers can not!Odom also is not consistent.

    2.Defense and the Celtics physical play will bother Gasol and Odom! Just as D-Wade,Lebron, and now Howard is experiencing.It will be tough for the Lakers to get in sinc,playing against that physical Celtics defense.

    3. My third and final point is this (the Rondo factor)! So far, he has been the best player in the playoffs! No one in the playoffs has found a way to stop him, and I don’t think Fisher will do any better.

  • T-Bone

    Rondo is a huge factor the Lakers will end up putting kobe on him for stretches. The biggest difference between the Celtics of ’08 and the current team is Rondo is much better. The Lakers are better equipped this time around but Celtics are BETTER than the 08 because of Rondo. It would be a grind it out physical series. The Celtics are coming and GREEN HELL with them.

  • jerome AKA LAKERSTAR4

    I DONT SAND I AM A YANKEES FAN TOO.EE THE SORRY ASS CELTICS BEATING US. LAKERS IN 5 AND ILL BE IN la. FOR THE PARADE. I WAS THERE LAST YEAR AND ILL BE BACK. AND I AM A YANKEES FAN TOO. BUT THE LAKERS THEY ALWAYS COME FIRST.IM SAYING repeat now .the celtics beat us> man leave that crack alone your tripping them faggots cant beat us remember that . WE RULE THE NBA.