I know I will get upset at some point in the next week, or month, or year. I take losing personally and even though I know basketball isn’t everything in life, it is a big part of my life. I normally root heartily against any team that has beaten the Lakers, but in a twist of events I would rather see Dallas win a title than Miami or Boston. I cannot handle the thought of that, much less the trash talking I will hear and the arguments I know I will get in, about this team, about Kobe’s legacy, etc. Add to that the threat of an NBA lockout and current NFL lockout, and I am not going to be a happy camper the next few months.
To be honest, I’m not sure where the Lakers go from here and I am not one to conjecture right now. Phil Jackson has said repeatedly that this is his last season, which is sad and the end of a fruitful and entertaining era. I will miss him.
I also get easily attached to players we bring into the fold, so it is difficult to say goodbye. It is clear that something needs to change though. I’m going to leave the endless speculation to the ESPN talking heads that I’m sure will be yammering on all summer.
Keep faith, Lakers Nation. You never know what can happen and I’ll be the first to lose my mind if the Lakers pull off the greatest upset in NBA history. And if they don’t, please don’t jump off the bandwagon and give all the haters ammunition. Stay true to the purple and gold and appreciate what they’ve given all of us over the years. Once you turn in your Lakers Nation passport, you can’t get one back… not in my book, anyway.