The Sweet Repeat, brought to you by the Los Angeles Lakers

“It’s over. It’s over…it wasn’t pretty, but it’s over”

Words said by the great Phil Jackson himself, and yes, it is now officially over my friends.

The 2009-10 NBA season, playoffs, and Finals are now all over; but now, we know who is officially on top:

The Los Angeles Lakers

kobe-bryant-finalsPhoto credit: Christen Peterson/Y! Sports

It was a long grueling season.

Many believed that the Lakers could threated the 72-win season, Chicago Bulls. That sure as hell did not happen, but what did happen is the same result; the Lakers are now champions, and this one should definitely taste that much sweeter, as the Celtics were the foe, and this one, without a doubt, has to be one of the toughest for these Lakers, ever!

Might I add, though, as this was one of the ugliest games I’ve ever seen in my entire life. The tempo was slower than a turtle in peanut butter, the FG% were disgustingly low, and the offense simply wasn’t there. But do you think that LA cares? Nope, because right now, Kobe, and the rest of the gang, are enjoying their Kool-Aid!

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Without a doubt, the end of this game was filled with nerves. I can only imagine how the Celtics and Lakers fans were feeling throughout this game, but when it was all done, every NBA fan in the world took a big deep breathe, sighed and said, “Yeah, the best team in the NBA won.”

And that’s the way it should be, because the Lakers were the cut above, best team in the NBA.

When you have the best coach in the league, arguably the best player in the world, and the best supporting player in Pau Gasol, you better win the damn championship!

So congrats to the Los Angeles Lakers, because in my mind, no team deserved it more than them!

lakers-championsPhoto credit: Christen Peterson/Y! Sports

So how does winning this championship make Kobe Bryant look?

Amazing!

In my opinion, this has to be the most important ring in Kobe’s stash.

One, you’re getting revenge from ’08, when the Celtics straight up embarrassed you, claiming that you’re soft, weak, play no defense, yada yada yada.

Second, it was against the Celtics, I mean, age-old rivalry my friends, that has to make the cake taste better for the yellow and purple.

And third, because this puts Kobe at the top of Laker’s lore.

So, basically I’m saying that this is making Kobe the greatest Laker of all-time. Heck, even Magic said it last night. He even said Kobe and Kareem deserve their own statue outside the Staples Center. But, Kareem is a whole other topic, we are on Kobe.

The Kobe.

How can you not put this guy at the top? All-time Lakers scorer, which in itself, makes you drool. 5-time NBA champion, 2-time Finals MVP, and 1 league MVP.

Not a bad resume, eh? Never mind all of the other accolades. But for Kobe to win 5 championships, with two completely different eras, is one of the most amazing things in basketball. Not only was he part of one dynasty, but he is beginning to be part of a second in this era’s Lakers. And the crazy thing about it is, he’s been the ring leader both times.

So, what else can I say? I’ll eventually be writing an article on Phil Jackson’s possible return, and an article on Fisher’s “clutch-ness”, an article on how Kobe is the greatest Laker of all-time, and an article on Pau Gasol being the best European player in the NBA.

But I’m done talking about all this for now. I just want to put the lens on the 2010 NBA Champion Lakers. Let them drink the champagne, let Phil enjoy his 11th, let Kobe go to Disney with his beautiful family, and let the whole Lakers fan base enjoy this one, because it is surely deserved. So once again…

Congratulations to the Los Angeles Lakers,

the 2010 NBA Champions!



Comments

  1. AJ Kaufman says:

    An ugly ending to an ugly game, ugly series, ugly and VERY long playoffs. Ratings may be up but the NBA has really lost a lot of luster — even with Stern's dream finals. There is NO parity.

  2. I will say this, while last night's game may be "ugly" by a standard of measure that rates the Phoenix Suns as pretty, I thought it was one of the more entertaining NBA games I've seen in a while. And the reason was the absolute max effort on display, which is rarely seen in the NBA. I know Kobe shot poorly, and the Celtics Big 3 have all lost a step, and the action was disjointed and dictated by the whistle…but a lot of it was because both teams were just trying so damn hard. And while maybe that is something we SHOULD be able to take for granted, considering the millions they make, it's not something that's often on display. I really felt like each player one each team left every ounce of himself on the court. I respect that, so I can't criticize. No, the NBA is not what it was with Jordan, nor with Magic and Bird, and a lot of that is because our biggest star right now – LeBron – is far more into himself than anything else. BUT, I don't think it's totally lost it's luster and the NBA will captivate me any time the Lakers and Celtics are on the same floor.

    • People have to understand generations, and eras all change. With that said, so does the NBA, and shouldn't it? Wouldn't we be bored with the same style of play? Same stars? Same look?
      The NBA is different, but not THAT much different. If anything it's much more flashy than anything. With all the great stars everywhere, and all the good teams, and great talents coming in, there is sure to be a great decade of ball coming up. This Finals, is probably the oldest (by players age) we've seen in a while, so give time for the Wade's, LeBron's, Carmelo's and others, to get their chance at the ring, and I promise you, your NBA appetite will be satisfied.

    • AJ Kaufman says:

      I will say it was like a football game out there, which I suppose is good. Jerod, will "the NBA will captivate me any time the Lakers and Celtics are on the same floor" when Boston dismantles their team and finds itself at .500?
      As for Phil and the Lakers, I have never two more self-reverential, arrogant people on earth. All they do is talk about themselves. {OK, Obama is equal to them in pomposity. } Had the Lakers lost , would Phil have quit on his team ala 2004? You cannot argue with Phil's success, but when he has not had the Kobes or MJs, he either quits or does not win. I read his "Last Dance" book in 2004. He said he was done, then as soon as the grass and money looked greener, lo and behold, Phil's back.

      And while I like Kobe as a person more than the petty MJ, he is not the player Michael was. I don't think Kobe is the player Magic was either. He is superior to Lebron, who has the maturity of a 12 year old. All the more reason I'll stick to baseball over NBA and NFL. BTW, in the past 31 NBA seasons, if you remove Miami's total fluke in 2006, just SIX teams have won the NBA titles. That is hideous.

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