NBA Finals: Why a Celtics Victory Could Be a Blessing for Lakers Fans

Watching the guy pick one pick after the Lakers drafted Lonzo Ball second overall in 2017. NBA draft bring your team to NBA Finals disappointing enough as a fan of purple and gold. The realization that he grew up idolizing Kobe is so in love with purple and gold that he occasionally decorates his already vomit-inducing green uniform with Bryant’s signature armband, and it only makes me feel worse.

no longer 19, but he is only 24 years old, Jason Tatum will have to establish himself in the NBA as one of the main superstars of the NBA for a very, very long time. And if Brad Stevens can actually walk and chew gum at the same time, he’ll do everything in his power to keep the franchise’s long tradition alive and well. make sure tatum is a celt while at the same moment it is already useless (even if his athletic degradation is due to injury for the benefit of the franchise, as was the case with Kevin McHale, Isaiah Thomas and are doing right now Robert Williams).

But regardless of whether Celtics maybe actually finish the job this time around, Tatum’s rise to legitimate superstardom – along with Jaylen Brown, for that matter – gives Boston a much better chance of winning its 18th championship sooner than the Lakers, as it currently does.

Alternatively, until July 29, 2021, the Lakers once again looked like potential championship favorites as long as their top duo could stay on the court. They had a large supply of homegrown talent that paired well with their stars, giving them the defensive infrastructure to stay in the games long enough for LeBron and AD to take over throughout the fourth quarter. in both 2019-20 as well as 2020-21 along with the top three in defense both years.

Instead of licking their wounds and bouncing back after injuries to LeBron and Anthony Davis crippled their 2021-22 championship chances, the Lakers decided they had had enough and decided to play differently. After a franchise-record 17th championship the previous season, the Lakers’ leadership finally succumbed to LeBron. constant demands increase in gameplay to lighten his burden in the regular season.

In hindsight, firing their entire support roster for Russell Westbrook has to be one of the most devastating deals in NBA history. In the context of LeBron’s public preference to play more off the ball and the franchise’s decision to take the cheaper route to a smaller roster, the Lakers’ failed 2021-2022 campaign seems to be the result of some organizational complacency. In addition to a collective attitude towards the law, the Lakers were looking for proven veterans who wanted to add some championship equipment to their trophy boxes already stuffed with individual accolades. The Lakers delivered a roster unable to do the little things needed to win possession, quarters, and ultimately enough games to even give the appearance of a game, let alone an actual postseason spot.

When the team collectively began to realize the immeasurably large gap between their aspirations and reality, these veterans lacked the constant motivation needed to stay competitive. With a 24th defense rating in the NBA, but still 11th best net ranking for the fourth quarterit’s fair to say that the Lakers stopped playing games, only to give up after already falling behind with an insurmountable deficit.

After what seems to me to be one of the most disappointing campaigns in professional sports, the members of the organization seem to be on the right track as the Celtics close in on another championship. Shortly before the Celtics earned a ticket to the Eastern Conference Finals, Lakers owner Jeanie Buss sat down with a coach. Los Angeles Times Bill Plaschke to discuss it broken heart, disappointment and impatience regarding the team’s drastic fall from contention. And when the Celtics left Boston after playing the Warriors two games in the Finals, LeBron posted it. Patrick Baymanesque An Instagram story to show his excitement about what will be his 20th NBA season.

Now three games to two, with Game 6 tonight at TD Garden, the Celtics are on the verge of elimination and the Warriors are winning their fourth championship in two years. While any sane Lakers fan not overwhelmed by an overwhelming sense of masochism would probably wish Golden State would close the door on the next game of this series (or two, if necessary), it’s possible that the overall pain of a comeback.” Celtics gives the Lakers a greater sense of urgency to go out and capture their 18th championship.

Sure, I’d rather see the Lakers tied with the Celtics for 17 championships than be one behind, but if one more Celtics chip gives the Lakers the fire they need to get the job done, I’ll go for 18-18. 17-17 any day.

Cooper is a longtime Lakers fan who has also covered yankees in SB Nation’s Pinstripe Alley – no, he’s not a fan of the Cowboys. You can hear it on Podcast Lakers Multiverse and find him on Twitter at @cooperhalpern.

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