“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
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!
Missed the game? Enjoy the highlights:
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!
So how does winning this championship make Kobe Bryant look?
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.
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!