by Craig Kwasniewski
Okay, here I am at the Universal City subway station waiting for the last ride downtown of the 2007-08 season (win, lose or draw). Is this journey like Sherman's march to the sea with everything laid to waste, is this like the final walk down the corridor to "old sparky" or is this a trip down memory lane?
Let's be honest here, the Lakers ain't winning today. An already intimidated and fragile team BEFORE game 4 they haven't shown me the type of personality necessary to bounce back. Any lead will be met with, "when is Boston catching up?" I think Kobe, Fisher and Vujacic will show up but nobody else.
I just hope the game is close... Give me a reason to stay the entire four quarters. I really can't stomach a 48-minute celebration for the Celtics and their very bitter fans (btw - besides having the ugliest women in the nation, why the anger? You've won five championships since 2001 and the beloved Celtics are nearing number 17. But then again... After seeing your women... Sheesh, i'd be bitter too... Jeezus!)
Anyway, as Jackson said, losing in the finals tends to take away the achievements of the regular season but the Lakers have a lot to hang their hats on. Kobe deservedly won the MVP, they advanced to the finals a year ahead of schedule and they're young and primed to dominate for the next four seasons. A few weeks from now I'll wear my Western Conference Champs tee-shirt with pride... Lakers Pride! Basketball (relevant basketball) is back in Los Angeles. Kobe and Phil are back as annual contenders! In a few months the 2008-09 season will start with a full healthy squad and the motivation of almost getting to the promised land carrying the team to a record-breaking season. So congratulations Boston, enjoy your 17th NBA title because we'll see you next year and it won't be close.... And I'm already excited.