Being in Las Vegas, you are capable of running into celebrities, this weekend I ran into Stephen Jackson (Running Back for the St. Louis Rams). That was one of the high points of my weekend, and my “non-sports fan” friend asked me this question.
“Why the hell do you care so much that he is here, why even waste your time he’s just like me and you, he’s just on TV and makes more money.”
So that’s what got me thinking? Why was I excited that I shook his hand? Why did I want to call my fantasy football brothers and say the statement, “You won’t guess who I just saw?”
Stephen Jackson was cool to see but, what if that would have been Kobe Bryant? I think my jaw would have hit the floor and I probably wouldn’t have the right mindset to even mutter a few words.
So that brings up the age-old question asked by man… Why do we care so much?
As Laker nation we check for trade rumors every day, we are avid historians on the day Kobe requested the trade, what radio shows he went on, and what his current stance is now. What if we really do get KG? The diehards will probably jump up and down like we just won the World Series of Poker
The question might be hard to answer, as it was for me. In all reality Kobe is just a 6 foot 7 human being that has a god given talent to play the game of basketball. We are all equal on this earth, so why would we be so stoked and fantasized if he walked by us? Is it the media and how television is looked at as a fantasy? Look at American Idol, more people vote on that show then they do for the presidential election. As a society are we brainwashed to put more emphasis then we really need to. The last time I turned on the news, it was a 30 minute piece about Paris Hilton. Why do people care?
However, don’t think I’m putting Laker fanatics and Paris Hilton fanatics on the same boat, because were not even in the same ocean
I will go as far as to say that we should never be embarrassed or think that we put to much emphasis on the Lakers. As I kind of stuttered and really didn’t know how to answer my friend I thought about it and realized, I care because I CARE!
I have seen Kobe, a grown man, cry when he stated he was innocent on all charges, I still hear Chick Hearn’s voice in my head saying…”This games in the refrigerator…”, I have prayed for Lamar Odom that God helps him in the tragic time when he lost his infant child, I have paid 300 dollars to watch a game, I’ve ran down 5 blocks to get on the fox lot to see Kobe on the best damn sports show, I have argued for hours with Laker haters, watched all 82 games in the season and playoffs.
“I’ve been through the ups and the downs”, yes that is true but that statement doesn’t even really explain why I care so much.
To tell you the truth I really don’t know why I care. Does losing Kobe affect me financially, physically? No! But Kobe Bryant being traded would devastate me emotionally, and the truth is, I really can’t give anybody a one-sentence reason why I care so much. Not even a good enough reason to validate me scheduling a date with a hot girl around the Lakers game.
I don’t have to prove to anybody why I care or why caring helps me in any aspect of my life.
But at the end of the day, I care because… I CARE
As a Laker fan, I may not be able to sum it up in words and break it down psychologically.
But, I Love the Lakers, and what happens to them effects me! If they lose, I lose, if a player suffers, I suffer!
And I’m damn proud of it!