The Lakers are in the NBA FINALS!

The Lakers are in the NBA Finals, let me say that one more time so it can stick in your head… THE LAKERS ARE IN THE NBA FINALS!

A year that has brought many emotions to everyone who is a part of the Lakers Nation. From the staff to the members who chill in the Shoutbox during Laker games.

I’m completely speechless and I just don’t know what to say. I feel like crying but at the same time, I want to scream and dance.

What are your thoughts? What are you going through right now? Let us know in the comments.

Lakers #1!

Jaime is the co-owner and Operating Director for LakerNation.com from Alhambra, CA. He's help create the official websites for Kevin Durant and Goodwin Sports. Currently, he's the Online Producer for FOX Sports Radio and AM570 KLAC.
  • mmfdjfjfg

    ya BABY were in the finals ….LAKer LASKErs wowowowowowowowow

  • Michael24

    wooooooooooooooooooooooooooo lakers forever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Boing1206

    man..gonna fly bak to watch the finals..lol…in japan rite now…GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO LAKERS

  • http://lakerfan_2006@hotmail.com Timothy Rechtfertig

    Oh ya baby..They did it!Lakers n 7 versus the celtics…Kobe 2008 NBA FINALS MVP!We will go all the way….

  • Michael24

    Omg I just cant believe it you know from everything from kobe being traded oh My Iam just shocked damn. GUYS OUR TEAM IS WCF CHAMPS AND WERE GOING TO THE FINALS BABY!!

    Just 4 more wins 4 more baby

  • KOBEISKING

    WOOOOO LAKERS ARE THE BEST!!!!!!!!!

  • ryanfu09

    I feeel the sameee wayyy…… LETS GOOO… WOOOWW!!! Finals BABYY!!!

  • KOBE4EVER

    WE’RE GOING TO THE FINALS!!!

  • http://myspace.com/g10van1 giio128

    LAKERS4LIFE BABY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    LAKERS DESERVE THIS!!!

    I WANNA FACE CELTICS IN FINALS CUZ U KNOW JUST LIKE OLD TIMES……THEN LAKERS GONNA WIN!!!!!

    DREAM SEASON!!!!!!

    KOBE MVP PLUS LAKERS CHAMPIONSHIP!!!

    I LOVE YOU ALL!!!!!!!!!!!!

    =]

  • alexlakers24

    yeah baby we are off to the finals and no matter who we are against we all believe in that we can win it all. So everyone believe just as we have believe since the start. Lakers 4life!!!!Next your we are better, so if you all agree say “MVP”

  • nyla

    I have chills right now! As much as I want to celebrate, I can’t. We have 4 more games to win! But damn it feels good to be going to be back in the finals! I feel weird typing that. lol I think I need to be pinched!

  • myriam

    IT’S AWESOME!!!!!! LAKERS DID IT AGAIN. LET’S GO LAKERS TO THE FINALS. GOOD JOB, LAKERS DESERVE TO WIN.

  • Nikko

    absolutely amazing!

  • los angeles laker fan

    …speechless… just 4 more now

  • zgum

    YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    thank you Jesus!

  • nyla

    I meant it feels good to be back in the finals. See..I’m even having issues functioning right now! haha

  • lyk13

    I cried in the last minute, amidst that small little tiny comeback that it wun mean anything…when I know we are icing this up nevertheless

    BLEEDING PURPLE AND GOLD, LOVING OUR LOS ANGELES LAKERS!!!!

  • http://lakerfan_2006@hotmail.com Timothy Rechtfertig

    After three horible seasons we get the best season ever…

  • http://www.myspace.com/dbricks DBricks

    4 wins away from me sounding like an absolute genious. I called us winning it all on FEB 25th…4 wins away baby give me 4 games!!

    http://thelakersnation.com/blog/2008/02/25/lakers-your-2008-nba-champs/

  • Freshh

    I FEEL GGOOD..

    We not done yet.

    KEEP GOIN

    KEEEEEEEP GOIN

  • Sako

    WE CAN GO ALL THE WAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • nazanin

    WOW. This is kind of amazing.
    I screamed and then cried and then jump around my house yelling at everyone.

    NOW IT’S TIME FOR THE FINALS!!!
    judgment day.

  • Adamas

    i just wanna shout for joy. how do you do that over the internet?

  • http://myspace.com/thaonlyrhom RD

    i was crying tears of joy earlier! im too happy! lol. now bring the championship home! BRING IT HOME, LAKERS, BRING IT HOME!

  • e

    uci is going nuts!!!

  • Ko-Pau19

    Amidst all the drama that happened in the beginning of the season, we Laker fans cannot believe the position that our Lakers are in right now. If anyone of us said that our Lakers were going to win the Western Conference Finals and finish first at the end of the season, we would’ve banished him from this site and label him a wacked up wannabe that does not know what he is talking about. But believe it everyone. OUR LAKERS ARE WESTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPS AND ARE HEADED TO THE NBA FINALS!!! I cannot believe this is actually happening. I feel blessed and proud to be a LAKER FAN FOR LIFE! 4 more to go everyone. LET”S HOPE 4 the BEST!! LET”S GOOOO LAKERS!!!

  • lakerschamps08

    WE GOING TO THE SHIP WE GOING TO THE SHIP WE GOING TO THE SHIP WE GOING TO THE SHIP WE GOING TO THE SHIP WE GOING TO THE SHIP WE GOING TO THE SHIP. GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • MVP#24

    I cant believe it!! I am still in shock. Lakers all the way!!!!kobemmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppppp!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!11

  • True Lakers Fan

    wat a season go Lakers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • lakerz

    YaY

  • kobebryant

    I did all for my favorite fan Mike Lay

  • ACGOD15

    LAKERS NO BODY STOPPIN US!! BOSTON AND DETROIT GOT NO CHANCE L.A BOUT TO BE LIT UP!!!

  • iLakers

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    yeah!! for joy!!

    Where a new Lakers Dynasty happens.

  • Michael24
  • nick van exel

    We should start mini-riots to prepare us for the big riot when we win the championship. LETS GET CRACKIN’!

  • Geloman

    This is an amazing moment right now for us fans and I’m just really happy for the team. But the mission is not over. We gotta keep rooting them on and provide them with all the support we can as Laker fans. This is the year. The beginning of the next great Laker dynasty.

    4 more wins. Let’s bring home the gold baby!!!

  • jbaby

    lakers in 4.

    thanks

  • i love l.a.

    kobe in the 4th quarter was absolutely unbelievable. the shots he hit with duncan in his face were beyond comprehension. like they said on tnt… the only player who has done that was mj and now the comparisons can begin. my only question is how much is too much to pay for finals tickets. go lakers.

  • http://thelakersnation.com kb24 4life

    wow finally this moment has arrived, its a season to remember, kobe demands a trade, kobe backs off, kobe demands a trade again, kobe arrives late to training camp, lakers trade for trevor ariza, lakers trade for pau gasol, lakers finish #1 in the west by one game, kobe wins his first mvp, lakers win vs denver, lakers win vs utah, lakers win vs SA, and this wouldnt taste that good if we aint winning all this year, i hope to see you at the parade…. GO LA!!!!!

  • samtlk9

    i felt like crying when kobe hit the free throws and everyone chanting MVP n when it finished n Sasha hit the buzzer beater 3 me and my mom [laker fanatic] jumped, huged…its a celebration

    after i went outside to pop some fireworks n they all lifted up in the air and looked great in the sky as the bursted, except for one which stayed on the ground and exploded 4 feet away from me…it was fun though knowing that we are in the finals

    LETS GO LAKERS!!!

  • http://www.thelakersnation.com Fred A.

    It has been a long season!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Thank u Jesus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) :) :) :)

  • ab4sure

    Gasol played with heart tonite, kobe “The Closer” was an orchestra leader making a beautiful symphony of basketball music. I think Sasha needs a body guard becuz i believe the spread was 8 pts.. and anyone who bet on the spurs just got ripped off because Sasha was a Vujabiytch for shooting. Lets not settle Lakers……

  • varsityoptimism

    wow. just wow.

    a-always!
    b-be!
    c-closing!

    i <3 this year.

  • http://www.thelakersnation.com Fred A.
  • jerome ROWLAND HEIGHTS

    AND ONLY THE BEGGINING OF THE SEASON WE WERE SCARED OF LOOSING KOBE>>>>>!!!!!!!!!!!!! BUT DAYM!!!! NOW EMBARKING ON GOING TO THE NBA FINALS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    miracle happens in laker nation!!!!! KB24 MVP! FINALS MVP! NBA CHAMP! WORLD OLYMPIC GOLD MEDAL!!!!!!!!!!!

    THIS IS KOBE’S YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!

    gO LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!WE LOVE LA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! LETS GET THE CONFETTI READY DOWNTOWN FOR A PARADE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!DAYM!!!!!!!!!!!!!LOL

  • ESPNBucher

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  • Vintij

    a few things. First….this is the best lakers season of all time, considering the circumstances, better than show time lakers because its not an expectation to win. With magic and jabar, everyone expected a championship, this is far more of a team effort. And secondly, most definitely, Kobe Bryant can be compared, and will be compared to the great one micheal Jordan. 17 points in the 4th quarter in the west finals? Can you even remember a more clutch performance? I was hesitant to put Kobe in Jordan company, but I must say it is truly a joy to be alive during the prime of the greatest clutch and all around basketball player to ever play the game. I know its premature but Kobe is 4 wins, and one Olympic gold medal away from somthing that only Jordan has ever acomplished, its called the perfect year.

  • west213

    CONGRATULATIONS LAKERS ARE THE 2008 WESTERN CONFERENCE CHAMPIONS.

  • xxv112002

    WOOOOO!!! Im going to Disneyland! Haha!

    SWEEP BABY SWEEP!!!

  • Arod1

    Whooooooooooooooooooooooooh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I am too pumped up. I will not be able sleep from the adrenaline!!!

    Kobe is simply a beast.

    Pau- 19 boards!!!!!!!

    Figueroa parade here we come.

  • Jloyola

    # 50 lol

  • Thomas

    This is it!!! This is our year. This is our time and now all we have to do is carpe diem…Go Lakers. We got the championship!!!

  • Dtogawa

    After four years the Lakers are in the finals again how sweet!!!

  • Gr8tLake24

    2008 is the year of the Mamba. Also known as the year that Kobe has achieved perfect harmony between his Magic & Jordan side

  • Deus_Ex

    I remember reading this blog in the summer of last year and someone posted that Gasol would be the perfect fit for this team.

    Whoever you are…..you made the right call, cause the front office obviously listned to the fans.

    As a Laker fan my whole life, this has gat to be the sweetest WCF Title of them all, because through all the hard times we had rebuilding, we’re finally back where we blong. To the administrators keep up the good work, cause you do a good job fan auditing the front office and our team.

    There are Lakers fans the world over, and we in the Bahamas love our Lakers!!!!

  • http://www.thelakersnation.com Fred A.

    This is holarious :)

  • AKA24

    We haven’t accomplished nothing yet, just celebrate a little then get ready for the Final. Lakers in 6

  • Ignard

    This feels so freckin good!!!!!

  • Smush Walton

    We got off to a horrible start. What was wrong with Pau and Lamar? Pau missed so many shots. He’s got to get back to where he was and stop falling down to the floor all the time. Thank you Phil for cutting back from Smush Walton. We would not have survived a flood of Luke’s usual errors.

    Wee’re going to have to play a lot better to beat either Boston or Detroit. San Antonio had too many tired old players that were missing shot after shot.

  • jazz

    FOUR MORE GAMES, BABY!

  • roscoe

    being a sportsbettor the spread was 7.5, the over under was also 193 which i believe he tied with that shot. he shifted the balance of hundreds of millions with that single “meaningless” shot. lol

  • http://www.deluxpro.com Viva Vegas

    Freakin’ Sashas the man!!!!

  • Keep Odom

    For those of you who have stuck with the Lakers during those years after Shaq left and have also gone through the emotions of losing you know what this means and feels like. I cannot describe the emotion and excitement from yesterdays game. I know that we are so used to seeing Kobe come through in the clutch. But, yesterdays game has been his best playoff performance and people better start respecting him because even if they dislike him he is amazing. There is no player like him.

    Lakers in 5 against the Celtics.

  • xtro

    Finally!!!!!! Vamooooooossss Laaakkkerrss!!!1

  • DingleBerry

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    dont jump on the kobe bandwagon now… u dissed him all year

  • S-quire

    I want the Pistons. The pain from 2004 will NEVER go away, but vengeance will help heal it. Full circle, they beat us, now we beat them. Maybe we can even force them into blowing up the roster. Also, they’re hurting and I think it’s a better matchup. I think the Celtics will play up to the Lakers (Ray Allen has a feud with Kobe that will make him show up). The Celtics also have more “Destiny” momentum and rootability than the Pistons. That is to say, I think America will root for Lakers over Pistons, but not over the Celtics who have the championship-less perennial all-stars some people may be rooting for. On the other hand, it would surely cement this squad’s legacy to beat a team that was so dominant in the regular season…

  • LakersFirst

    Great victory.

    Job NOT done yet though.

    4 more wins.

  • laketown

    ill tell you who’s the happiest laker in that pic:

    DJ MMMmmMMmBENGA!

  • Nabil

    Random thoughts:

    - To get through the western conference playoffs with only 3 loses is unbelievable. All three series were against teams with 50 or more wins, and we averaged a 4-1 record (80% win percentage). That’s just nuts.

    - Getting that top seed really helped. Imagine the Lakers vs. Spurs with the shoe on the other foot. I mean we go through the Suns and the pounding Shaq puts on your players, then the Hornets, then face the Spurs with a 1 day break. That’s tough. And I think the Spurs would have gotten through the Nuggets and Jazz without nearly as much pounding as they did against the Suns and Hornets. Would we still be in the finals in that scenario? I like to think so. But if we did make it into the finals, we’d be limping in. Now we are charging in. Making that push to get the top seed really paid off. The Spurs strategy to take it easy and rest their players at the end of the season came back to bite them in the butt.

    - I’d really like someone here to do a look-back to the preseason challenge on this site about how to improve the Lakers. Remember that guys? The one in which the 1st rule was that you can’t trade Kobe? I’d like to see if anyone totally hit the nail on the head.

    - If we face the Celtics, we will getgarnett. We will get him in the finals. :)

  • gugy

    LAKERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • DCLAKER

    WETHEBEST.com,HOW IN THE HELL DID THEY PULL IT TOGETHER AFTER EVERYTHING THAT HAPPENED…..THE WILL TO WIN,NOW!!!

  • vintij

    Why would anyone want the pistons? rip is hurt, billups is hurt, we nearly beat them twice, without gasol. That is too easy, and nobody cares about 2004, it was a hyped up year anyway, no teamwork at all that year. What we want is boston. We want 50 years of rivalry renewed. Keep in mind we are 2 and 8 in the last ten finals appearences vs the celtics. Does’nt everyone want this? This is destiny, no revenge, its fate not a grudge. This is the stuff of legends, this will be on espn classic for the next 100 years, and we are the ones who get to witness it. We want boston, not a wounded detroit. We want to remember this year as the most heated western conference battle of all time, followed by the most epic finals battle of all time with one of the greatest players to ever play the game versus the player that everyone in LA wanted so bad. Now we got him.

  • kb24b3stever

    damn am so happy for the lakers and kobe right now because they really deserved it.

  • K0be08-09

    YEA LETS GO LAKERS Man im SO HAPPY, get 4 more wins bring on Boston, and Kobe and Lakers Deserve it… EVEN Coby Carl you too

  • DCLAKER

    I’M JUST PROUD TO BE APART OF LAKERNATION TODAY.I’ve been criticized since 1981 for being a Laker fan and I mean my own family would debate me ’cause they felt I was sellin’out my home team(I get the same flack for likin’ Syracuse,can’t stand G-town,love the Mets,can’t The Nationals).

    For ALL the flack I get I just look ‘THE HATERZ’ right in the eye and say,I JUST KNOW WHO BEST IS,LAKERS B$$$$!!!

  • http://www.hard-wood.org/?cat=34 Billy Kupchak

    i’m so proud of my father! :D

  • http://lakers.topbuzz.com Mamba2410

    Guys, trust me, I feel it! I feel our energy, our spirit, our chemistry, our skill, our talent, our potential to be the 2008 NBA Champions of the world! I know we will be the champs, and that ‘The Black Mamba’ will be our reigning 2008 NBA Finals MVP! I trust that Phil Jackson’s Triangle, Fisher’s on-ball defense, Odom’s versatilaty, Gasol’s soft touch, Rad’s jumper, Sasha’s 3, Turiaf’s heart, Mbenga’s…well…Mbenganess, Walton’s unpredictableness, Farmar’s driving abilities, Ariza’s dunking ability, and Kobe’s Mambaness (Mamba= the longest venomous snake in Africa, with an extremely potent neurotoxic venom that attacks the nervous system). I think it really doesn’t matter who we meet in the Finals, whether it’s the Celtics (best record in 07-08 season, but only won one on the road in playoffs) or the Pistons (second best record in 07-08 season in front of Lakers), because I believe we’ll beat them both in 6 or 7, and I’ll never take back that comment, no matter what happens in the Finals.

  • DCLAKER

    I wish J.Critt. was still a Laker,miss that dude.

    Y’all think we can get him back either next season or the following year?

  • akk24

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    i really dont miss him
    y would u miss him ?
    its not like he did anything