There are moments.

Defining moments that remind us why we love the things we love. Whether it’s the way she smiles or that perfect note of your favorite song, these moments elucidate who we were, who we are, and who we are going to be.

And then there are the Lakers.

Each and every one of us has our personal cache of these instances: buzzer beaters, alley-oops, championships, and heroes.

The moments that make you proud to be a fan.

The moments that make you say, “This is my team!”

These are my moments.

This is my Laker Cache…

10. The Chair Switch -

I was blessed to grow up during the 3-Peat in the early part of this decade. And, as every fan during that time, I was glued to my television set during each and every playoff game. My viewing partner and stepfather, Rob, initiated something I like to call “The Chair Switch”, and although it sounds like a forgotten Seinfeld episode, it was a hallowed and integral part of my formative Laker years.

If at any point in the game that the Lakers fell victim to a run or relinquished a lead, Rob would solemnly look at me and say “We gotta switch it up, bud.”

And before he could finish his sentence, I was sitting in another spot and he was standing at the opposite end of the room.

Worked every time.

Case in point, when Robert Horry sank his divine game winner, I was sitting upside down on the staircase and Rob was Indian style on an ottoman.

9. The Forum Fan Fest -

In 1997, Laker season ticket holders were treated to a day of fancy-free at the Fabulous Forum. Players were made available to the fans for pictures and autographs and as a nine-year-old, I was so excited, I could hardly contain myself. My meeting with my Laker heroes was short, but magical nonetheless.

I netted a 15-foot jumper. I sat high above the western sideline and recorded play-by-play with my father playing Stu to my Chick. I got to put on Sam Bowie’s warm-up (why his, I’ll never know).

8. The First Preseason Game -

Every October it happens.

Training camp ends and the Lakers finally suit up for the first time after the long and arduous off-season.

The game is usually awful and the Lakers usually lose, but it is the optimism and hope of the infant season that I feast on.

I love getting to know the new additions. To play the “Who will make the team?” game (Congratulations, Coby Karl!). In 2003 when the Mailman and the Glove made their Laker pre-season debut, I was absolutely giddy with laughter.

The first pre-season game of the 1996-97 season was the only time in my entire life I was able to get my father and my stepfather to watch a game with me.

Although they both deny it ever happened.

7. Halloween 2007 -

I had just gotten off of work on October 31, 2007. I had no costume. I was reeling from the Houston heartbreak the night before. As I contemplated my choices for getups, I was struck with a genius idea!

I rushed home, threw on my jersey and replica shorts, tied a black shoelace around my head and suddenly I was the Machine.

It was the best costume of all time.

As I cruised Santa Monica Boulevard, I kept hearing “Hey, look it’s Sasha!”

And for the record, I don’t like Sasha Vujacic because he has shaggy hair and a scruffy beard. I like Sasha Vujacic because I have shaggy hair and a scruffy beard.

6. “Why does Hayley get to go to the game?” -

It is a question for the ages, a question that I have never received a satisfactory answer to.

Whenever I find out my sister is going to a Laker game with my father I always remind her that she doesn’t care and that I’m the Laker child of record.

Although she thoroughly denies this, I still hold firm in my belief that she doesn’t care nearly as much about the team as I do.

She cares about how cute Chris Mihm is.

At this point, I see it as just a rite of passage for her to attend a game. She was devastated when Wally Szczerbiak was traded because she was banking on going to the upcoming game against the Sonics to see him in all his hair-gelled glory.

Now, without that bargaining chip, I own that seat.

5. Pau Gasol Sáez -

February 1, 2008, my cell phone rings.

I am sleeping way too late.

It’s my Dad.

I groggily greet him with a “Hello.” The other end is buzzing.“DID YOU HEAR!?” he excitedly exclaims.

I haven’t heard him this excited since the release of Jimmy Buffett’s last album.

I’m beginning to gain consciousness and sensing the fervor in his voice, I say “What’s up?” Being the kind of fan I am, he was shocked that I had not yet been briefed by my daily reading of Deadspin or visit with Wilbon and Kornheiser.

The titillation in his tone was enough.

Seriously, I was preparing for him to tell me he just won an inordinate amount of money or finally realized his dream and was forming a hardcore street dance crew.

Instead he uttered the second most beautiful sentence I have ever heard: “Kwame Brown, Javaris Crittenton and two First rounders for…guess who?”

How could he do this to me! THE SUSPENSE!! I didn’t want to guess, I wanted answers. My mind racing and heart palpitating, I asked him “WHO!?”

“What would be the best thing I could possibly say?” he asked, glib as possible. He loved stringing me along.

I decided not to speak.

My father then uttered the first most beautiful sentence I have ever heard, “Pau Gasol.”

I could not believe it, I had been scooped by my father and his close friend Rob Corn. It was a coup that I did not see coming. Blindsided, I stumbled to my Macbook and was greeted with the news.

4. The Return of Magic -

I never got to see Magic Johnson play before he retired in 1992.

Okay, that is not entirely true. Between 1988 and 1992 I was a toddler preoccupied with more pressing issues like teething and my woobie. Basketball was pretty low on my radar.

When he announced a valiant comeback in 1996, my eight year-old face nearly melted.

My hero, my Magic was coming back.

I had seen videotaped games. I had read his autobiography. I had worn his number 32 jersey.

On January 30, 1996 it happened. I walked (more like floated) into the Great Western Forum, and suddenly, there he was.

The venerable Lawrence Tanter made my dream a reality, his booming voice bellowed, “In his thirteenth campaign, from Michigan State University, number 32, Magic Johnson!”

The tears followed soon after.

Magic put on a show.

In his first game in four seasons, he nearly achieved a triple double with 19 points, 10 assists and 8 rebounds.

3. Kobewatch 2007! -

I brought something special along for number 3 on my list.

The Wayback Machine. Yes. That Wayback Machine. Sherman, Mr. Peabody, the whole thing.

Lets travel all the way back to say… late May 2007.

A simpler time indeed.

I had just celebrated the Thirtieth Anniversary of Star Wars. LOST’s eason finale left me completely bewildered and as I sat in a Burbank airport lobby, waiting for my perpetually delayed flight, my whole world came crashing down.

Kobe wanted to be traded.

OUR KOBE!

The Kobe I had watched grow up from a grinning sixteen year-old kid into my infallible basketball God. It couldn’t be! I felt trapped.

Not breathing. Life ending. Laker mourning.

Over the next five months Kobe Bryant held this city, had this entire UNIVERSE hostage. Will they or won’t they? And if they do, who would the Lakers get in return!?

Local radio show hosts, and my personal heroes, Petros Papadakis and Matt “Money” Smith, decided to dispatch their minions all about Southern California to find reaction from places as varied as Raging Waters all the way to the former site of Santa’s Village.

After a hellish summer of parking lot videos and meetings in Spain, if some ghost of Laker Future (I like to imagine him as Chick Hearn in a flowing white robe) had told me that with roughly twenty games remaining, the Lakers would be battling for the top spot in the West, Pau FREAKIN’ Gasol would be the starting Center, Kobe would be not only content, but popping the word “LAKERS” on his jersey in fits of pride, and Andrew Bynum would be blossoming into one of the leagues premiere Big Men, I would have laughed at my ghastly guide and simply said “Quiet, you” at the notion that the fractured Lakers would make such a dramatic turnaround.

Wounds healed. Fences mended. Laker hope.

Sometimes the best trades are the ones you don’t make.

2. Game 5 of the 2000 NBA Finals -

The only time I ever rooted against the Lakers.

I watched nervously from my booth at a local restaurant.

The Lakers were one game away from clinching their first championship since 1988. I would not dare speak it, but in my head was the unfathomable mantra “Let’s go Pacers! Let’s go Pacers!”

Why was I so against the Forum Blue and Gold?

I knew if they made it to game 6, I would be at Staples Center.

The Lakers lost 120-87. My night of treason yielded a 33 point drubbing.

I am not proud of my actions. Yet without them, my Number One would not exist…

1. The Championship (with Riots!) -

I had waited 12 years for this moment.

I had seen hundreds of games.

I had cried when they were bounced from the playoffs in years past, but this year my tears flowed as Shaquille O’Neal hoisted the Larry O’Brien Trophy high into the air.

As I leapt into my Dad’s arms (Kobe and Shaq-style) and screamed at the top of my lungs, teardrops of joy streaming down my face, I realized through everything, the Lakers would always be there.

That no matter what happened in life and no matter how much I changed, I would always love this team.

Soaked in confetti and hoarse beyond reason, we walked to the Team L.A. store to purchase our official Locker Room T-Shirts and Caps. Outside Staples Center however, pandemonium was setting in. Cars were set ablaze, fans were smashing windows and I stood fifty feet from a giant police officer yelling at me to “Get away from the glass, kid!”

I simply looked at him and put my hand up, and the officer obliged, giving me the most thunderous high-five I have ever received.

It was just that kind of night.

So those are my memories. My moments. My Laker Cache. The fun part of this is that every single member of the Laker family has their own list and their own stories.

Even Kobe.

Especially Jerry West.

Players are fans of this great game, too.

It is these moments that tie you to the squad and that define our fandom.

So now it’s your turn.

Reminisce. Digress. Recollect.

varsityoptimism is a TLN Staff contributor, you can contact him at varsity_optimism@theLakersNation.com.

  • DCLAKER

    Game 4 VS. THE SUNS ’06,”KOBE FOR THE WIN,BANG!!!

  • http://www.themonstore.com derrick

    great write up that was a fun read… definitely brings back memories

    and i gotta agree with dc, game 4 vs the suns had me jumping and yelling til it hurt

  • MILO

    EPSN: Kobe is 2nd Greatest shooting guard
    I DONT AGREE WITH THIS AT ALL KOBE IS THE BEST SHOOTING GUARD EVER I DONT CARE WHAT ANYONE SAY’S KOBE IS A MUCH BETTER 3 POINT SHOOTER AND HE IS DOOING IT ALL AROUND THE COURT IN AN ERA WHERE DEFENSE IS A LOT MORE TOUGHER THAN IT WAS BEFORE.
    HE IS BY FAR THE BEST THERE IS THE BEST THERE WAS AND THE BEST THERE EVER WILL BE WEATHER HE WINS MVP’S OR MORE CHAMPIONSHIPS OR NOT!!!

  • MILO

    OH AND I FORGOT FU-CK ESPN…

  • Lakr4Life

    Lakers championship in 85. I remember rubbing it in my uncle (The LAKER HATER) Pats face. I was about 7 at the time and won my dollar back that i had lost the previous year when the Lakers lost to boston. He is probably the reason i started feeling so passionately about my beloved Lakers. I remember him telling me in 84 that the Lakers would never beat boston because some things would never change. It hurt so bad to see boston cheering in 84 but i had faith that some day it would be different… and it was… i was so happy. Been a Laker fan ever since.. 24 years and counting. Thanks uncle Pat.

  • lakerz

    game winner vs spurs in 2004 WCF
    i was about to let my sister change the channel (cant stand watching the lakers lose a close game) when all of a sudden fisher makes that 0.4! shot i was jumping up and down, my sister thought i was crazy. she doesent understand the point in pro sports.
    so i had to go to another T.V to check if it counted

  • varsity optimism rules

    brought a tear to my eye, dude

  • LakeShowtime

    Magic’s shot in the nba finals against the Celtics was the best shot ever by a laker, fisher’s shot was incredible but when Magic put this team on his shoulders and basically clinched the championship in game 6 to take it to game 7 and just destroy Boston in game 7 in the Forum, to this day I still remember how i reacted to that shot, that was one of the best games I have ever seen.

  • kobe4ever

    In response to a lot of people stating that Kobe is the best player ever, I must state that although I am a huge Kobe fan and have followed his entire career there are points that have to be raised and compared.

    Rule Change: The rule change made it a lot easier to score on opponents as a result you see players like Steve Nash having career years because of the less physical play of defense because of the new rules. From that rule change the league has seen an huge increase in the amount of 40 and 50 points games which quite frankly 3 years prior was a rare commodity. Now you have people like Lebron, D-Wade, Kobe, even Nash going for 40 when earlier in the decade we were all mesmerized by T-Mac’s 63 point game in Orlando which until then was unheard of. After the rule change Kobe averaged a career best 35.4 ppg which is short of MJ’s best by about 2 points. Its easy to state that someone was a better scorer b/c of the numbers without looking at outside factors. I hate to say it but MJ shot over 50% and averaged 25 ppg throughout his entire career minus his Wizards stint. MJ was the better scorer and he did it in an era of hand checking and old school hardnosed defensive minded players.

    Team Leader/Public Persona: I am going to give this one to Kobe. Its funny how a decade later everyone has forgotten how MJ was HATED DURING HIS PLAYING DAYS. Being the best Ala Kobe Bryant, Michael Jordan, Tom Brady of your generation has always brought about hate. 10 years later MJ is loved and those same haters are scrapping for MJ memorabilia, the same will be for Kobe. That is why I don’t understand how people say Kobe is a worse teammate then MJ. It is true Kobe threw his team under the bus this summer, but there was viable reasons beginning with the backstabbing and blame of Kobe for Shaq’s departure by someone inside the own Lakers organization, I am sorry but if I was Kobe I would leave too because I expect that from the media but not your own family/team that is inexcusable. Yet Kobe is hated for this, interesting point here at least 5 Bulls players admitted MJ was the worst teammate they ever played with, while one of those players threatened to break MJ’s legs so that he would never play again. MJ was a brat, he blasted and threw his teammates under the bus AND he punched Steve Kerr. I’m sorry but what kind of @$$hole punches his own teammate during practice, oh yeah MJ and Kevin Garnett thats right (I love Kevin by the way but you can’t do stuff like that). So I thoroughly believe Kobe leads in this department.

    Defense: Kobe’s defensive tenacity is incredible and ferocity and tireless effort on both ends of the court is matched only by MJ. One of the most famous quotes about MJ was this “In the fourth quarter when all other players are holding their knees from exhaustion there was always one player that never tired and that player was Michael Jordan.” Simply put, you can pick either or and not be wrong but one fact remains, Jordan was bigger and stronger than Kobe and he used the hand checks, the legs between the other players, chest up in the defenders but all of these things are not as tolerated anymore. Therefore b/c of the same reason I stated in rule change that made scoring easier for Kobe is the reason Kobe is a better defender, it is no secret that it is harder to defend in this league compared to 3 years ago and then compare that to 10 years ago. The edge here goes to Kobe, regardless of MJ’s defense player of the year, if Kobe can hand check NO ONE is scoring on Kobe, I’m sorry but thats the truth.

    When its all said and done we’ll know who was the better player. MVP’s, Finals MVP’s these shouldn’t measure a players success because they are heavily influenced by dependent variables that do not serve as constants, these awards are given in accordance to opinions of the media which, quite frankly, has not been very respectable and fair over the past 6 years. Proof of this, Kobe’s first 5 years he was referred to as “The Golden Boy” now he’s hounded by the media, that is how fickle these awards are and therefore we cannot put too much weight on the opinions of the media. The fact is people like you that post here see for yourself the greatness of Kobe and have seen the greatness of MJ when it is all said and done it will be us that decides who was the greatest player not a panel of ESPN “analysts” that watch the same things that we do and call themselves analysts because their constantly changing their picks every week and backtracking every step of the way. Are you kidding me? Let these idiots tell me and decide for me who is the better player? I don’t think so, but as of now I do give MJ a slight nod over Kobe b/c Kobe has at least 5-6 years left in the tank.

    Last point I know I left out the specifics in their offensive games and external factors such as MJ winning w/o a center in an era dominated by big men (Shaq, Ewing, David Robinson, Olajuwon, Barkley, etc.) But I want to add in one last comparison. When MJ played he was NOT the undisputed best player in the league. While MOST did believe he was the best as is the case now where most believe Kobe is the best, there have always been doubters even for his airness. Remember Clyde Drexler? Do you remember all those “analysts” saying he was as good or better than Jordan and then MJ smothered him and didn’t even let him touch the ball or attempt a shot and Clyde looks in the camera with a bewildered look and shrugs. Lebron is better than Clyde yes…and Kobe does face better 2’s & 3’s than MJ did but Kobe must put down Lebron…but it’s hard, if you look at the 3rd to last game they went head to head and you’ll see the biased officiating which I just don’t get. And last year Lebron shot the ball against the Pistons while his right arm flung out and elbowed Chris Webber in the nose and he was out on the ground for about a minute…but no suspension…Kobe? He received two that year. If Kobe downs his opponents in an era with better athlete’s (sorry Dumars your too short for today’s players, and Clyde the Glide as smooth as you were even now considered declining players T-Mac, Vinsanity were better dunkers, in addition players like D-Wade, Lebron, Melo, Iverson, Kobe, Pierce, Joe Johnson, Ray Allen, etc sorry there are just too many good shooting guards Kobe faces now than the two MJ faced Dumars and Drexler, sorry but Dumars and Drexler would have a tough time competing w/the current 2 guards and I didn’t even mention the point guards…Paul, Williams, Nash, even Franchise back in the day, Kidd, omg I need to stop.

    One more thing, I’ll see you guys on Figueroa soon.

  • kobe4ever

    This one’s for MILO, defense is not tougher in today’s current NBA. You need to re-check the rule changes and the NBA history before making blank assumptions. But then thats what you get in forums, people that don’t know what their talking about. When people speculated MJ would drop 50 points out of his 3rd retirement they laughed, because there were rarely ever 50 point games…thats funny when did all these 50 point games start popping up, oh that right 3 years ago when they changed the rules and Nash became a star b/c of it. Are you kidding Nash dropping 40+, look at his career #’s, never happened b4 that but now it happens more often than not and his scoring is up. Check out Kobe’s #’s as well, along with every other high profile 2 guard and check for how many 30, 40, 50 point games they had and when those occurred, the majority of those games occurred after the rule change, come on bro get with the program this is old news, your about 3 years too late.

  • DFish0.4

    Yeah mine is Fisher’s 0.4 shot because finally my favorite player got some recognition and his time to shine. I became a Lakers fan ever since I can remember. My aunt always talking about how great they are and how they are the best and I just started watching their games and it’s history ever since

  • mrjustinoh

    excellent article.

    i have to agree with DCLAKER.. it had to be the game 4 vs phoenix

  • Swiggle

    There are wat too many to even count for me. I have over 50 VHS tapes of with 3-4 recorded Laker games on each one throughout the years, and I’m sure I remember something amazing from almost all of them.

    I think that the craziest I ever went was definitely Game 4 against the Suns a couple years ago. Mainly because I lived in Arizona and both my roommates were HUGE Suns fans. It’s hard to even think about that one sometimes though because it was the last game they won that season. Perhaps if we would have recovered that rebound that went out to Tim Thomas I could love that one a little more. Especially since they could have gone all the way to the Finals to play against Shaq and the Heat that year. But I digress.

    I don’t remember this “Memory” but I have been told about it on numerous occassions by my parents. It was the 1989 NBA Finals and I was 5 years old. The Lakers were going for the 3-peat against the Pistons and I was watching the game with my Dad. I watched every Laker game with my Dad that year and after they ended I would always ask him if they won, and when they play next. So when they got swept by the Pistons and they lost I asked my Dad when they played next, and he said they don’t play again for about 4 months…..I burst into tears, threw myself on the floor and cried for over an hour strait.

    And to this day, I still do the same thing… :)

  • MILO

    [Comment ID #29189 Will Be Quoted Here]

    You’re oblivious about the fact that Kobe always get’s double teamed even tripple teamed as opposed to other high profile players, now if thats not tough defense then i dont know what is.And yes rules have been changed to protect the shooters.None the less you still need to be a great shooter to score 50 points.Kobe is not exactly just getting easy layups and dunks it’s 3 pointers as well so sorry bro but you need to get with the program…

  • xxv112002

    Peep this:

    Clippers interested in signing Smush Parker.
    http://www.latimes.com/sports/la-sp-clipstonight12mar12,1,5781141.story?track=rss

  • http://vladehasaposse.com Tim

    BEAUTIFUL piece. beautiful. Being around the same age as you, I can identify with just about everything you touched on.

    mine includes (1) impulsively ripping off my shirt, running outside, proceeding around the block, and returning home with tears streaming down my face after the first of the 3-peat titles as a 10-year old (2) Coming close to (what i thought was) death after getting heat stroke at the 2001 championship parade. (3) Meeting Chick and Stu after a game in 96 — the voices of my childhood (4) Receiving a signed 8X10 photo of Mark Madsen in the mail… three years after I sent him a letter asking for his autograph. (5) Calling my dad to alert him (and all of his coworkers) of the Pau trade. (6) Freaking the F out after D-Fish burned the numbers 0.4 into our heads for eternity. (7) Watching my VHS tapes and hearing “On the Lakers Basketball Network” (8) Watching Vlade get his greatest Lakers assist as a member of the Kings (9) Getting a Kobe jersey for christmas in 96

    …and so many more.

    Terrific post hombre.

  • MILO

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    are you serious this is sad and pathetic ha ha ha!!!

  • kobe4ever

    I DONT AGREE WITH THIS AT ALL KOBE IS THE BEST SHOOTING GUARD EVER I DONT CARE WHAT ANYONE SAY’S KOBE IS A MUCH BETTER 3 POINT SHOOTER AND HE IS DOOING IT ALL AROUND THE COURT IN AN ERA WHERE DEFENSE IS A LOT MORE TOUGHER THAN IT WAS BEFORE.
    HE IS BY FAR THE BEST THERE IS THE BEST THERE WAS AND THE BEST THERE EVER WILL BE WEATHER HE WINS MVP’S OR MORE CHAMPIONSHIPS OR NOT!!!

    Milo, unfortunately your rebuttal does not make any sense, you start referencing the fact that Kobe is getting double and tripled team so defense is tougher for him. Wow…look at the quote I responded to you specifically state “In an era where defense is a lot more tougehr than it was before” my rebuttal was to that quote, your response is totally irrelevant and not even on the same subject we are talking about. You specifically state that defense is a lot more tougher in this era than in previous era’s, I stated that is incorrect which is true. Your rebuttal…

    You’re oblivious about the fact that Kobe always get’s double teamed even tripple teamed as opposed to other high profile players, now if thats not tough defense then i dont know what is.And yes rules have been changed to protect the shooters.None the less you still need to be a great shooter to score 50 points.Kobe is not exactly just getting easy layups and dunks it’s 3 pointers as well so sorry bro but you need to get with the program…

    Totally off base and does not give a proper response or critique to the proper subject. Anyways, thats all I’m saying don’t take it the wrong way but its constructive criticism and yes Kobe does get double and tripled teamed THANK YOU for stating that b/c when u most of MJ’s fadeaway shots or game winning shots he is single covered and yes many of Kobe’s shots especially the past 3 years you will see 2 to 3 guys and he will consistently hit those hosts. Yes Kobe is amazing, I love Kobe too, see you in Figueroa Lakers 08 Champs.

  • MARKAYYY

    I can vividly remember my greatest laker moment like it was yesterday.

    JANUARY 22nd 2006.

    KOBE BEAN BRYANT makes history.

    i was having a shitty day, having argued with a close friend of mine over dumb petty shit. since we are both pretty stubborn, i knew that we wouldn’t be talking to each other in awhile.

    UNTIL 36 minutes into the game when we called each other up.

    “HOLY CRAP ARE YOU WATCHING THIS????!?!?!”

    “REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED IN DALLAS? WELL THIS IS 10X better!!!!”

    by the time kobe sank his last free throw, me and my friend had forgotten what we were fighting about, and we were overjoyed with the history that we witnessed.

    FOR THE NEXT 2 WEEKS, we could not stop talking about this game.

  • http://gmail.com Basher

    My favorite Laker moment was when the Lakers came back versus Portland in game 7 of the WCF in 2000 and Kobe threw that one armed alley oop to Shaq. I jumped out of my seat and was screaming all night until my mom came and shut me up.

  • JayC22

    .04 will forever be a cache of mine

  • Mike

    Mine would have to be when Derek Fisher hit the .4 shot. I had been watching the game with my friends, screaming at the top of our lungs and drinking beers. I was so ready to celebrate a victory, that when Tim Duncan hit that leaner I was absoultely devestated. I promised my friend that if the lakers somehow pulled it out I would go on my balcony and shower myself in beer. Well, as we all know, he did hit it and I took a beer shower. I was yelling and cheering on the balcony until the police came, and I had to explain that DFish hit a game winner, and they cheered, high fived and drove along.

  • Mitch4Pres

    yo this post is great and so is that picture at the top its amazing who designed it?

  • thisbedo

    great article but now you got me thinking… my 1. me, my bro and my sister at the 02 Laker Parade we were on TV and my sis had an interview with Tony from fox!

  • NorCalLakersFan

    For me it was game 4 of the 1987 NBA Finals in Boston when Magic hit the “Junior, Junior, Junior Skyhook” over both McHale and Parish.

    Another one was when Magic won the 1992 All-Star MVP award after being voted in by the fans. This was just after his 1992 announcement that he had HIV. Back then, it seemed as though HIV was a death sentence and I was worried that when Magic held the MVP award that that would be the last time I would see him alive.

  • http://thelakersnation.com ThE NeXt FaRmAr

    Hey man this article brought back great memories. It reminded me of me and my dad when they won from Robert Horrys threes jumping around and screaming for hours. great times the lakers will always be there

    Good job bro

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

  • http://www.lakers.com Billy Kupchak

    [Comment ID #29162 Will Be Quoted Here]

    HOW is the WEATHER over there? :-D

    btw, when you’re differentiating between 2 events, most educated folks use the word WHETHER OR NOT

  • awesomerob24

    Great article

    my favorite moment so far was kobe for the win against the suns at game 4.

    and about the picture thats posted, great pic but i don’t think sasha should be on the pic, he has no buisness with those elite players

  • Alvin

    Game 7 WCF LA at SAC 2002

    I was a foreign exchange student in France, I will never forget watching it in the middle of the night on gamecast on espn (and not even the fancy gamecast, the reloading kind). I hit the refresh button, goes into overtime. I hit it again, nothing. I hit it again, nothing. I hit it again, nothing. I hit it again, Lakers 112-106.

    C’était la félicité. La vie longue la ville d’anges.

  • Adam

    2000 WCF…..down 15 against Portland….gr8 season on the brink of disaster…..reportedly already selling finals tickets in Portland….then the comeback of all comebacks……thats just one of many…..but the whole season came down to that final 8 minutes of gr8 basketball….they lose….and the Shaq-Kobe legacy is completely changed.

  • MILO

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    ha ha ha yea i fu-cked up thank you Billy

  • Jack

    [Comment ID #29237 Will Be Quoted Here]

    He did write a NOT in the end. works.

    Also, I think MILO is right. Kobe4ever do you watch the same association’s basketball that rest of america watches? How can you be talking about when did popping 50 point games start? It has always been there dude. great scorers have always done it. Look at the average every season for the scoring leader, I don’t see much difference. (well, except the season when wilt scores 50ppg.)

    The players that made you dissatisfied for scoring 40, and 50 were:
    Nash: Last I checked he has 2 MVPs.
    Wade: Wasn’t wade a finals MVP?
    Lebron: Turn on ESPNEWS right now, right now.
    Kobe: now this is a tough one. help me out guys how can a guy who wears no. 24 score any points?

    I don’t even want to talk about Mj and Kobe’s defense, because this is not the reason why we talk about these two legends.

    And what in the hell do you mean by a player is not judged by MVPs? So are you trying to say an NBA player is not judged by numbers? Why do you think we are all praying for a KobeVP? Are you trying to say that ESPN analysts cannot decide the greatest player? Dude….. these espn bittchhes are the ones who cast votes for MVP, not us. We are entitled to our opionion, but you have to look at the bigger picture.

    My fren, here are the final words: Look, every leagues changes rules to make things work as close to perfect, while keeping it fun and safe. Chamberlain and West’s plays made the NBA change a lot of rules. I thought that was a big change. And there on, it was simply about finding a way to score using offensive minds and stop using defensive strategies. Whle we have the suns and warriors in this league, we also have spurs and the pistons. While we have Kobe and Lebron, we also have Bowen and KG.

    and mostly you are the one who is out of program, because look at what you have done: starting a completely out-of-program topic. This page was for emotions of being a Laker fan. It was for a memory that has changed our lives(or, lifesyles.) You are so-unaware and on the behalf of the nation, I thought I would knowledge you a bit.

  • Jack

    BTW, my Laker’s cache is nothing new: game 4 vs. phoenix. it’s in my notebook, cell, psp(lost/stolen), wall, and most of all, in my heart. damnnnit, we lost that series. but, not this year. we will get it done. we have to. it’s been a while, hasn’t it?

  • MILO

    [Comment ID #29258 Will Be Quoted Here]

    i hope the Lakers end up in 1st seed and Phony in the 8th so that the Lakers can bounce them and return the favor

  • DCLAKER

    We forgot THE NEWEST ENTREE,ARIZA’S DUNK ON grant hill!

  • http://swishtheball.net kenny smith

    game 4, 3rd round, 2002 s. queens

  • MILO

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    Yes yes that is one of the best moments so far this season along with the way Kobe was dunking over Hill and Bell in their last game.I cant wait till the Lakers kill Phony in the playoffs oh yea it’s payback time!!!

  • Nazanin

    6. February 1, 2008.
    THE BEST HALF BIRTHDAY I EVER HAD!!! I got my permit and another little gift…Pau Gasol. I remember my dad asked me “Did you hear?” as I got in the car that day. “No, I was at school,” I replied. “The Lakers’ got some guy today..from Memphis, for Brown and the young kid,” he replied with his accent. “Who?” I asked, thinking Oh God, not another handy down. “Paul Ga..Paul Gason, something like that,” he replied, again with his accent. At that moment, I felt the tears. WE HAD ACQUIRED PAU FREAKING GASOL. Yes, the man that would turn the Lakers’ fate around. The man who came to save us, and keep our beloved Kobe in town. We went 13-2 in his first 15 games. And I repeat, the best half birthday EVER!!

    5. 2004 NBA Finals vs. Pistons, Game 5
    Crying until three in the morning because we lost, and Kobe wouldn’t get to do what MJ did with the three and three with Phil. I was pissed and this would be the start of my hate for the Pistons.

    4. 2004 NBA Western Conference Semi-Finals vs. Spurs, Game 5
    We’re trailing by one with .4 seconds left on the clock. No one thinks the Lakers have any chance of winning the game. But after three consecutive time outs, Gary Payton finds Derek Fisher. He throws up the shot and it doesn’t touch net…it just does straight through. Derek runs the the locker room as I run around the living room screaming at the top of my lungs. We won, 74-73.

    3. July 7, 2003
    A bad end to the season was made worse by when Kobe was arrested…yes, our innocent Kobe was arrested on charges of sexual assault. I remember my parents wouldn’t tell me what was going on as a 12 year old but I found out. I remember sitting in front of the TV when they announced they were pressing charges and Kobe would have to stand trial. Tears rolled down my face, I didn’t know what would happen to our innocent superstar.

    2. January 22, 2006 vs Raptors
    Kobe Bryant scores 26 points in the first half of the game, a normal thing for KB24. But during the second half, Kobe catches fire, scoring 55. 28 of 46 and 18 of 20. (2 2 2 2 2 1 1 1 1 3 2 2 1 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 2 1 3 2 2 2 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 1 3 3 2 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 1) To be exact. The second greatest single scoring event to ever happen. 81 points. Eighty-one. And it was done by my hero, Kobe Bryant. I stared at the little box under his name as it read 81 points and all I could think is..TAKE THAT MJ!
    1. 2000 NBA Finals vs. Pacers, Game 6
    4-2. The score was 116-111. I remember it clearly though there is something I remember even more clearer. Shaq and Kobe hoisting the trophy up in the air. The first championship of the millennium, the Lakers’ first in 12 years, MY FIRST LAKERS’ CHAMPIONSHIP! As a 7 year old, I was going insane, almost as insane as the people were part of the riots. I was so excited and I spent the whole night with the TV on, watching my favorite team pop champagne. I also spent the whole night begging my parents to take me to the parade that I was at the next day. I remember I couldn’t keep “Y’all gon’ make me lose my mind, up in here, up in here,” out of my head after the team sang it on stage. I was the happiest 7 year old that day.

  • j

    kobe4ever has no idea what he’s talking about. rule change? lol, stop being bitter.

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