Sunday, April 30, 2006

Sports Talk
With Pastorius
It's All
The Lakers

Blogging has been light because, honestly, I am obsessed with the basketball playoffs.

The Lakers pulled off an amazing win today, coming from behind to tie at the end of regulation, and then, coming from behind, again, to win on a last second jump shot by Kobe Bryant, at the end of the Overtime period.

I became a Laker fan as a little kid, the year Wilt Chamberlain and Jerry West took them the the 68-13 record and the World Championship.

Obviously, there have been many thrilling seasons, but rarely has a season been as satisfying as this one.

When the Lakers traded Shaq to the Heat for Lamar Odom, I was so behind it. Shaq was fat and getting fatter, and he wanted his wallet to do the same. The Heat gave him the four year, $140 million contract he was looking for, and they will pay for that.

You see what the Bulls did to the Heat today.

That's all on Shaq. He's old. He was no one to build a championship team around, and he refused to play second fiddle to Kobe Bryant, who, before his career is over, may well go down as the greatest basketball player of all time. Yes, ahead of Jordan, Magic, and Wilt.

So, here we are, 2006, after a disastrous season last year, and Phil Jackson has the Kobe-Lamar Lakers playing as I always thought they could. For years, Lamar Odom has been one of the greatest unknown talents in the NBA. A 6-10 forward who plays like a point guard, and yet, he can muscle in the paint, and rebound along with the best of them.

Lamar is like a more buff version of Kevin Garnett. Going by his track record thus far, he is not as good as Kevin Garnett, but let's wait and see on that one, shall we?

Both the Lakers and the Clippers are up 3-1 in their respective series. If they both win, as well they should at this point, then there will be a Lakers-Clippers series, which will probably bring about the Battle for Los Angeles. I can just picture it, riots in the streets, as the gang members who follow the Clippers get a taste of what a bunch of us upper middle-class dudes can do when were really pissed.


Don't be comin' around here with none of your Clipper shit. This is the Lakers house.