Some thoughts of mine after watching today’s victory parade for the Lakers:
– It’s funny how when the Lakers began to board their respective buses, the reporters played it out as if it was akin to a red carpet entrance (“What is that dress that Vanessa [Bryant] is wearing?”).
– The championship hats are pretty lackluster this year. However, where can I get one of those four ring shirts that Kobe and Fish were sporting?
– Josh Powell was hiding back! His afro could take on Ben Wallace’s fro any day.
– I was glad to see that Magic and Kareem came along on the bus ride to the Colliseum. Laker fans, both yound and old, still embrace the Laker legends more than appropriately.
– Twitter is officialy taking over the world of journalism. During the broadcast, the reporters had to be informed (via Twitter) about Phil Jackson’s whereabouts.
– While the new parade route is not the most scenic, the decision to hold the rally at the Colliseum was spot on. No way could the Orlando Magic fill up a giant football stadium on a Wednesday!
– The beginning of the rally was too stretched out. The Laker Girls can perform a routine for one song, not three!
– Having the players enter on a purple carpet through the famous peristyle arches with the roar of 95,000 fans in the background was fucking epic!
– The speeches were nice. Jordan Farmar (the hometown boy) connected to the fans, Pau snuck in a few lines of Spanish for the Latino fans, Fish had a giant smile on his face (“What’s up, LA?”), and Kobe was Kobe. Would have liked to see Lamar Odom and/or Trevor Ariza say a word or two.
– It was Kobe’s time to shine, but I still must say Shaq is still the man when it comes to entertaining the crowd off the court.
Final Thought: At a time of recession and economic turmoil, there is not much to cheer about. Hence, it was very meaningful to see how such a diverse city, like Los Angeles, could come together for one day and find something to cheer for. It was quite inspiring to see exuberant fans running along Figueroa with the team buses and the monstrous Colliseum completely filled with purple and gold. Knowing that there is something that can bring hope and joy to such a large city, is one of the many reasons why I love sports. It’s time like these that make me proud to be an Angeleno and a Laker fan.
Here’s to a great summer and hopefully a repeat performance!