I live in a town, Los Angeles, a town that other people from other towns frown upon.
We are known for our fake breasts, our fake calves, our celebrity scandals, our traffic, our always sunny weather, and most importantly our Caramel Macchiato. You see, even with all these false, well some, misconception of Los Angeles, this is still MY town.
But, behind all this so-called glitz and glamour, hides a Los Angeles organization that is used to being frowned upon from other towns in other states. Yes, am talking about the Lakers, an organization that doesn’t know what they want and doesn’t know what to do. A first time in 28 years…
Am not used to what am hearing, am not used with all these demands that I hear from Kobe and from our Laker fans, and am not used to all these e-mails we get in our inbox from desperate fans that want immediate changes by any means necessary. “Get rid of Bynum!” “Trade Kobe!” “Keep Kobe!” “Get Garnett!” etc, etc…
You know what I want? I want championships, damn it! I don’t care how we get them and who we trade from our team to get them, only if the conclusion brings another Larry O’Brien trophy to our town of greedy bastards. I loved the feeling I had for three straight seasons and I want that feeling again. I miss that feeling. Am I greedy for wanting a feeling that other fans from other teams have never experienced? Hell yeah, I am. And I don’t care.
Ever since I’ve been a young boy, I’ve been a fan of the Los Angeles Lakers. It’s in my blood and it’s in my heart to root for this team. I’ve shed tears for this team and it wasn’t because our beloved announcer, Chick Hearn, passed (Heck, who didn’t cry?) but it was because I saw our Lakers squad crying. I felt their emotions that day; I knew what they were feeling. I hated that feeling and I’ve had those exact same feelings for the past five seasons and I hate it. I bloody hate it.
Jerry Buss, Jeannie Buss, Jim Buss, Mitch Kupchak, or whoever is running the Lakers front office at this very second, Do something but don’t do it now. Do it when the right deal comes along THIS season. Do not, I beg of you, DO NOT do another Shaq trade where we are left with nothing but bad contracts with bad players.
Do something and do it right!