Well, well, well.
17 time, eh? NBA champions.
Been a I didn't go to bed to 3 a.
Eastern Time, man, and only slept like four hours last night.
Um, How you feeling, man? I am feeling great.
Alex, Uh, I'm like you.
I actually did get enough sleep last night because, um, I did all of my I processed all my emotions nice and early.
And when I got myself some frozen yogurt with with my daughter and my wife met up with my brother and my sister in law and we talked about the game and all that sort of stuff, so they will process my emotion.
I ended up getting a decent amount of sleep, fortunately, but I woke up this morning in a very, very good mood because, you know, the Lakers won their 17th championship and they did it in probably one of the most unique cir***stances that will probably ever see as MBA fence.
Um, with this whole bubble environment and the backdrop of what's going on in in America and all that sort of stuff with the social justice issues and the voting initiatives and all that kind of stuff.
So it's just for all of the years that I've watched Lakers basketball and just NBA basketball.
This has to be one of the most unique experiences of my life.
Um, just of an MBA season.
And I'm just very, very, very, very proud of this Lakers team and very proud of everybody that's contributed to this process, like even the guys that are no longer with the team that were with the team on.
Do you know we ended up cutting them or whatever, like Troy Daniels and stuff I got.
I'm very proud of everybody who's contributed to this process.
I think unique is the right word, man.
I mean, this is a full calendar year season that's unprecedented.
The pandemic is unprecedented.
Kobe Bryant passing away along with his daughter and and eight others.
The backdrop of this season, um, is unprecedented.
And then you talk about last season.
LeBron gets hurt and people start saying, Well, is this the kind of the beginning of the end for him? Does he have have it in him to keep doing this? And then there's Anthony Davis, you know, maneuverings himself to come to L.
A and their people calling him fragile.
You know, world kind of turns on him and these two guys team up and from the start, you and I said, Look, they have a zoo.
Good a shot as any toe win a time.
You start with Anthony Davis.
I know the roster wasn't perfect, but you start with those two.
I'll take my chances.
And a lot of people didn't agree.
But the end of a full calendar year, the Lakers air the final team standing.
Yeah, it's amazing, man.
It's, you know, the craziest part is, you know, obviously, for Laker fans, um, passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna was probably the worst possible thing that could, you know, anybody could possibly imagine to lose somebody who is that? That's central to the franchise.
I thought Jeannie, Jeannie put out a tweet on.
I'm assuming that it was like a you know how this started and where we're at now.
And I think I'm assuming that the first picture in that tweet is, you know, her processing her emotions about what happened on the day of Kobe Bryant's passing and stuff like that.
And I thought that was I thought that was, like, a very example a great example of I think how this entire fan base felt a time, you know, in January.
And, um, to reach this point, you know, always one championship or no amount of championships can replace the loss of Kobe Bryant.
But no, you know, like we've been saying so far, like it offers some, like some momentary happiness and relief in our fandom.
And as as fans of this franchise and then, you know, well, I think both you and I have been stressing a lot as much as we possibly can defends that, like, just just enjoy this, you know, like just take your time and enjoy this.
Don't don't immediately as soon as they went, you know, obviously get your jokes off and slander off that stuff's find out of receipts and all that stuff I've yesterday night was hilarious because there's, you know, when they're there.
I've been saying, like, you know, Lakers Twitter is a big thing.
And then on top of that, like they're all very, very aware of, like this stuff that people have been saying so like whether you take back or you give kudos or whatever and stuff like that.
When it comes to this team like they're gonna pull your, you know they're gonna pull your receipts.
I would expect every fan base to do that.
So it's it's nothing new, but it's, uh it's just crazy, you know that that we finally got a conclusion to this story.
And I think Laker fans should really appreciate that.
And even for the new Laker fans or the folks that are big, broad bands that joined Laker Nation, we're gonna teamed up with Laker Nation.
Just think about the uniqueness.
This moment may never happen ever again.
I'm not talking about stuff that happened in the Laker Laker fans.
I'm just talking about like, Ah, bubble, a pandemic, the league shutting down league, restarting the league, almost shutting down again on the on the news of what happened. Teoh.
You know what happened in Milwaukee and stuff I got like, thes sort of things that happened are crazy.
I've never seen anything like this in all of my watching since I've been paying attention to sports media and stuff like that, I have never seen one team, whether it was the Lakers or another team have so many people actively telling the fan base as a number one seed, you're not a real number one seed.
You're not going to make it to the finals, and and and and that's the crazy part, and I've never experienced it like that before.
This is my first time experiencing like that level, and maybe it's because we do like these podcasts.
And now I'm on Twitter like I'm I haven't even been on Twitter for two years.
I've literally only been on Twitter for, like, I think next year will be two years, and I've never seen so many people will be so like, um, dismissive of a one seed like that and that's crazy.
And uh, and on top of that on one seed that features LeBron James, that was that was the other part. That was even more crazy.
And I think a lot of kudos test to go to three organization.
Andi think a lot of kudos has to go to those players that are on that roster to be able to sacrifice time with their family, sacrifice time with their friends to be part of this process to win the game.
And, you know, I thought I thought LeBron said it best.
This organization wants its respect.
Rob Pelinka wants to respect.
Frank Vogel wants to respect, and LeBron James wants his **** respect.
And that's it, man.
Like I've seen today, people try and diminish, you know, like the quality of this championship win.
I don't know about you, but I don't even like if I feel like it's like beneath me to even respond to people now saying like this is like a non riel championship.
It's like you just sound like a miserable person.
And that's really the way that I've been kind of getting across the There's a couple of guys here and there.
I like retrieval.
Er, this guy's an idiot, clearly like Chris Mannix.
But you know, like just enjoy it, man like that don't even waste your time with any negativity that anybody has to say.
And, you know, just think about how much has happened, Like the nicks and bruises that Anthony Davis was going through, and every single time he got a shoulder stinger or sprained his ankle.
The amount of people that were taking victory laps over him being hurt because, you know, like they wanted to be right.
They wanted to be right And it's z crazy.
I don't know I After winning, I've reflected on all the things that went right for this team and how, you know, resilient this team has been.
But I don't know if I if I have reflected very much and all the things that, like people were saying like into being dismissive of this team.
Has that stuff come up for you like, uh, much more easily right now? Yeah.
I mean, like, today, Like I'm scrolling Twitter and just checking things out, and and obviously people have saved receipts.
So, like, there retweeting the receipts, they're posting Screenshots.
And you know the guys who doubted the Lakers, you know, there There's a handful of journalists and bloggers that have said, Look, you guys won.
Lakers fans get to take a victory lap like way.
Need to shut up.
They they're allowed to say whatever they want.
We were wrong, but then there's the other guys who are like doubling down on them being wrong, and that's part of it.
I think It's really lame.
And like when people say like Lakers fans, admit it, you even you guys didn't think that you'd be you'd be here right now.
Thing is like injuries and things happen.
You never know if a championship is guaranteed.
But like Lakers fans knew, we had LeBron James and Anthony Davis way knew he had a good A shot as any.
It just seemed like everybody else acted like that.
Wasn't good enough when traditionally, LeBron James and other superstar has always been good enough.
Except for when Golden State had three, you know, had basically two MVPs and and four all stars.
I mean, aside from that, LeBron gets it done like and I'm taking my victory lap, man, like I'm I I'm I'm on there and and some some tweets and some things I see, I I ignore others.
I take a moment and I respond it.
Man, if you saw the video last night, but I bought myself a special bottle, I'm a Scotch drinker right on.
I I usually drink Johnny Walker Blue Label when I celebrate something.
But O'Shea Jackson shout out the O'Shea Jackson Big Laker fan.
Um I saw him a couple weeks ago.
Tweet a video of a bottle of Hennessy Imperial that he had.
He had never drinking.
And he was like, I'm gonna open it up to finally celebrate.
And I was like, I gotta take my my my celebration game up One more notch.
I don't have ocean Ajax and money, but I had to go up another notch on DSO John Walker, King George the fifth.
This Scotch is made in the former king of England's, um, brewery over there and fit for King King James to bring this championship.
I had to get myself a bottle a couple weeks ago and I'm celebrating, man.
I'm so, so happy s.
Tell me about your I'll tell you mine after yours.
But tell me about your emotions.
Like as like, I don't like, you know, the five minutes left four minutes left.
You know, they're not gonna make it come back, you know, like the legs Europe like 15.
At that point, what was going through your mind? What was going through? Like what you were watching Azaz.
It's getting closer to the end.
My wife was sitting on the couch to the right of me and I'm standing up and like So we have in our ba*****t.
I have two TVs on the wall, one on this wall in one, like on the side wall so I can look at both.
And like I'm standing up and I'm like I turned to her and I said, I don't know how to feel like for a moment.
It was just like, Is this **** happening? Like I didn't like almost like an out of body experience, like it felt like to get there had been so draining and not just the season.
But like the last decade, man, be a Laker fan.
I know there are other franchises that have never won or have experienced level that we've experienced, but I think I am accustomed to the Lakers winning.
And when you get accustomed to that and you have this 10 year drought, I'm just misery and not just losing but historic losing Kobe passing away, right, like all these things happen and it's like so I think it's three minutes to go and I'm it's sinking in and I'm like, I don't know how to feel and then it gets them for, like, a minute.
And I start like, hopping up and down, and I'm like, Thistle is nuts, and then family starts texting me or whatever.
And like I was just overcome with joy, man.
Like we finally we finally did it.
It was it was there was there.
Did you feel relief? Did you feel like like, did you feel like, uh, like, not only did we finished fishes journey, but, like, there's, like, a weight, like a really heavy weight that's being lifted.
I let me tell you, man.
So I was walking upstairs, Thio get some water, and I turned to her, and I was just like, I feel like the way the world has just come off my shoulders like I didn't We didn't talk after Game five, Game five Loss.
E think I think your feelings with Echo.
Exactly what I mean.
You know, I didn't tweet.
I didn't do a positive information.
I was just like I didn't even I'm not tweeting anything for until this game is this next game is done because I'm not dealing with this **** like I'm not gonna panic myself.
I'm not gonna raised my anxiety.
I'm like, I'm just gonna I was reading stuff on Twitter all day.
I'd like a couple of things retweets stuff un retweeted later and stuff like that.
But I was just like, I'm not tweeting nothing.
I just wanna watch this game and, uh, not to cut you off, but yeah.
So you're you're saying you're feeling relief? Yeah.
I mean, just what you said, Like when we lost that game.
Like I said, I'm not getting on like, I'm not tweeting.
I'm not getting on Twitter like I I was paying attention what was going on.
But, like, I was barely on Twitter the next 24 hours, and I was just like, I can't like if this if we lose Game six and it goes to a Game seven, I I still think we win.
But like all the pressures on L.
At that point, Miami did Miami Miami has over achieved and I just felt like anything can happen, you know? And anti Davis hurts his heel again.
Something or anything happens.
And then, then what? Right, So that Game five loss, like my sister in law text me right there loss.
And she's like, Sorry, and I didn't respond.
So then she text me after we won and she said on I responded, Thank you or whatever and she was like, Oh, now you can respond.
And I was just like I was so dejected.
Let me tell you what they had ejected out.
So I was talking to my buddies that co host OTR with me and so that next day, like it was raining here in Maryland.
So, like my mood coincide with what the weather is like.
And so it was raining.
I was feeling down because of the loss.
So I finally start feeling better in the middle of the day.
And I started drinking 1800 tequila before I know it, man, I went through half a **** fifth of that tequila.
I was so dejected from that loss, and I was telling my buddies I was like, I didn't feel like this when I was 20 like, I don't know if it's because I'm getting older, but that loss kicked my ass.
I was thinking like if we lose this Game six and Game seven like Oh my God, So I would say that the cir***stances of, like, not being able to go to Staples Center and not being able to go like bars or your friend's place, like because of the whole pandemic.
It just, you know, being responsible and stuff I got.
Um, I feel like I've noticed, uh, like I've noticed, like so much about, like the humanness of being a fan, like the emotions of being a fan.
I was like, much more mindful of how I felt as a fan of this team and just have the game in general and stuff like that.
And again, you know, like so many things have happened against the backdrop of it.
But I feel like I was I was watching the I would say about, like maybe the four minute mark.
So I I didn't tweet until the second half, like I literally waited till they went up 30 and that was just like, Wow, this is the best time.
That's why when I put my first week, I was like, This is the most patient offense I've seen from the Lakers.
LeBron and Rondo were playing extraordinary like on day.
I just posted a few other things.
Um but I would say, like maybe about the three minute mark is like when my emotions I really kind of started sitting in.
And, uh, I tweeted all those pictures from the interaction that LeBron and Kobe had, um, in wearing those whites he was wearing this Sunday whites When When that happened.
And, you know, I would say that there's probably I was pretty confident that they would win Game six.
There's still part of me that was nervous.
Um, I do this thing where I actually tried not to wear any Lakers here on the day of games because I'm very superstitious, I think.
I think it it play worse What I do.
I wore my my CO.
Every time I wear something could be related on.
When they play, they lose.
So I was just like I wore that.
I wore the sweatshirt, um, the Kobe Guiana sweatshirt on game five, and when they lost, I was just like, Oh my God, I'm not wearing this again like until this series is over.
So, yesterday I didn't even wear the searcher.
I just wore my regular black T shirt and some pants.
And then, uh, it wasn't until halftime that I put that That's what you're back on, because I was like, All right, we're up. 30 were up 30.
So I feel safe now that I could wear it.
But I would say, like at the three minute mark, Um is kind of like where when I started, that's when I was like, All right, we're going to do this, you know, like and, um, I watch the game.
So the first half, I watch it by myself on you don't even listen to the broadcast.
Um, and the second half, I went downstairs on the big TV, turned it on while I was like, Oh, you don't have to watch it down here.
You can watch it yourself if you want, cause she knows how stressed out I get during these games.
And I was like, No, we could watch it and she didn't know what the score was.
And she's like, Oh, you know, are the Lakers up? Is it a close game? I'm like, uh, they're up by 28 right now.
She's like, Oh, that's good.
She was happy because that means that the Lakers, she's is finally gonna be over.
She doesn't have to listen to Bebe stressed out about the Lakers all time.
Um, but of course, you know, she's an avid supporter, Um, and so no sitting there with my sitting there with my daughter sitting there with my wife, watching the time kind of ring down it, I think that's what I started getting a little bit more emotional and stuff.
I got thinking about it because for me, you know, we've talked about before, like we were teenagers when we saw Kobe and Shaq when these sort of things and when they do the three PM we were in our twenties or late twenties, whatever.
Um, we're a little bit older when we saw them.
When, um, Kobe and Pau in and now, like we're family guys, more or less, you know, um, as we watch these guys and you think about, like, thes moments in time, all these different things.
And, um, if you're a fan of a team like a die hard fan of a team, you have so many small memories that are attached to like those moments, right? So Lakers win championship in 2000.
You remember this happened like, you know, they when the third one.
I remember graduating from high school when when they won their third championship in a row.
And, like, those are the sort of things you remember, you know? And, um, this is one of those things that I'll remember all the people that were around me, the people that I was talking to, the people on Lakers Twitter that became friends with you.
I started doing podcasts with, like, you know, like, these live streams with and all the people that you meet along the way, And it ties to this, like, moment in time.
I think, like at that moment, I started really reflecting.
And, uh, you know, I texted my brother.
I say we're gonna go get some ice cream afterwards to celebrate.
Um, and you know, he's like, All right, what are we gonna meet up? I said, we'll go.
We'll go after the trophy presentation.
And then the trophy presentation came along, you know, and we're all celebrating.
My daughter's, like, doodling on a little bad.
And so So I I told my daughter to come give me a hug, so I wanna go give my daughter a hug, give my wife a kiss.
And, uh, I you know, I actually started tearing up men like, um because I did think about Kobe a lot.
And, you know, I and I have a daughter who is, you know, it was younger than his, but growing up and watching him and understanding the dynamic of being a dad, having young kids and what it must be like, you know, for Vanessa and her family, you know, I started tearing up, and that was actually the first time.
So, you know, in calling passed away, I've told you, like I cried so much like, uh but I was able to hide that, you know, I would go in a room and I cried myself or something like that, but I couldn't do it this time.
And so yesterday was the my daughter, uh, getting a lesson on what tears of joy are when it comes Thio when it comes to sports fandom.
And but that was like the moment when I realized, like, this is this is like, um, this is the humanness of being a fan.
You know what? No matter how many people tell you that you can't win? Um, it's just it's just the humanness of being a fan.
And I think this is what I think.
That's the thing that Lakers fans should try to enjoy as much as possible.
And like I said, this year has been so much.
This basketball season has been so much aside from people just saying, You know, aside from people just saying like this team would win a championship, forget all that.
There's always gonna be naysayers of this team.
Next year, there's gonna be tons of people saying that LeBron's another year older, he's not.
You know he's going to lose another step, or teams have scouted out Anthony Davis or the West is gonna be super loaded or much more competitive.
But this team is also much better than it was this year.
When my next year rolls around, this team will know how to win and the importance of what it is.
And um, I think that's what I'm going to take from this.
You know, Aside from all the emotion and stuff that that's gone on in the naysaying of this roster on this franchise, I think what I'm gonna enjoy the most is, um, that rollercoaster of emotions.
And I think relief and happiness is really, really the thing that we should take care of take away from this the most.
I mean, I think that it's important to, like, celebrate the moment right? And it was a long season all in because no championships are guaranteed their franchises that never get here.
We're just fortunate enough to get here at least once every decade.
Maybe that Lakers fans.
There's a number of fans that a bit younger than us that they didn't really experience Shaq and Kobe's dominance, you know? And maybe they did.
They did get to see a piece of power on Kobe's, you know, success.
But I'm glad they did it, man.
LeBron LeBron did what LeBron said he was going to dio.
Yeah, I think I said this to you the other day when we talked about he threw the franchise on his back, man, when other free agents would not do it.
Yeah, he did it, and he also recognized that if he if he did it and he failed the burden of failure on him because everything he does is always amplified a billion times.
People were gonna come for him if he didn't if he didn't win a championship here.
I was going to say that like, I think one of the things that folks should always try to.
I think I think the the general N b A audience, like the younger generation offends don't understand the lack of patients that Lakers fans have for complacency.
Especially when you have a superstar or a generational guy like LeBron James and where we hard on our role players.
Uh, absolutely, because we know we know what's on the other side.
We know we know the importance of what it was, what it is.
Thio win a championship Did some fans probably take it too far? Absolutely.
Andi, that's there's no place in basketball for death threats and stuff like that when it comes to that sort of stuff.
But, um, what what I'm very proud about is that the standard that we that Laker fans have expected and that have been privy to under the tenure of Kobe Bryant was upheld by LeBron James.
And that is something that I think is a rare rare quality a very rare quality, um, to having a player.
Lot of times we talked about, like Jordan and his maniacal, like, psychotic way of always wanting to be the best.
But a lot of that sometimes is not about like the team.
It's more about like him.
Like he wanted to always be the best.
And LeBron has that same fire and stuff I got.
But I think probably my most favorite sound bite out of the playoffs was abroad coming out.
I think after game five or before game five and just straight up saying, like your friends don't care about what you did before you came here like they only care about what you did when while you were here.
And when he said that I was like, Alright, this guy gets it like this guy understands what it means to put this jersey on.
And, um, I am very glad that he is the face of the Lakers right now.
I am very glad that he is the leader of the Lakers right now.
And there is absolutely nothing in my mind.
Um, that gives me pause in thinking that he's not going to try and rack up, um, back to back a three peat or many championships as he possibly can before his time is done here.
Um, it's I don't I think his legacy has always been solidified.
I think it's just Mawr, like he's putting just more stuff on his resume that that's just never gonna be touched.
But I think the partnership between him, the partnership with like Rich Paul and Rob Pelinka and this Lakers brand the two brands together.
I think they are going to.
There's nothing about this Lakers organization, historically, that I've seen where they turn around and go all we want a championship.
Alright, we're cool.
All we gotta do is an anti Davison were okay, you know, we can wait for another 10 years.
The Lakers organization has never been that way.
Um, they strike while the iron is hot and then they'll keep trying to strike over and over and over again.
And I think Anthony Davis is gonna put is gonna add years to LeBron's career because of his ability to carry your workload.
And I trust Rob Pelinka both on a, um, managerial level as well as like a understanding the emotion of the roster and the pulse of the roster and that sort of thing, I I believe in him to be able to find, like, the small pieces that need to be fit in in a certain way for this team to be successful.
So, like, you know, eventually we'll get the offseason content and stuff like that at this point and who The free agent, you know, I think they just mentioned that free agency is gonna start, like in December or something like that, or November.
I can't remember what it was, but, um, like, this team obviously has room to grow room to get better, both by adding people a swell as just their experience growing after going through like their trial by fire.
But at the same time, it at the same time, it's it's just crazy.
At the beginning of the season, people are saying that this that this championship window is one year and now at the end of this we're talking about Oh, wait a second.
LeBron is gonna be playing like this, you know? I mean, like, if he's playing at this level, still and now they have anti Davis and anti Davis, you know, assuming he resigns for whatever contract he resigns for.
Like, uh, now all of a sudden, we go from, like a one year championship window to well, how It's basically until LeBron's like, all right, I don't feel like playing basketball anymore.
And, yeah, well, well, here's the thing Like and like you said, Well, you know, we'll eventually get to more of the offseason content.
But look, the Lakers have the full midlevel exception this summer.
This winter, I guess so.
That's something that we've got.
Also because of the issues with the salary cap in the Pamuk, you're gonna have guys that might wanna maybe quote unquote punt a year away to see what next year's salary cap looks like and not signed long term.
And when the Lakers were good, they can get got.
Well, let me let me take a few million less to get a ring this season and that, you know, this Lakers team has an opportunity to build around LeBron and Anthony Davis, and God's like DaMarcus cousins, who I suspect he's going to get a ring.
He is eligible for a ring.
I suspect that the Lakers Will will probably give him one.
But Marcus Cousins, if if, if he's suddenly happened.
And if Davis sticks around, there's no reason why DaMarcus wouldn't be right back on this team.
And so this team has an opportunity, I think, to be legit title contenders for the next three years.
And then after that, it depends on what happens with LeBron and whoever else they could get the pair with Anthony Davis.
There's a lot that could happen in there, but yeah, and yeah, yeah, I was gonna say the other thing I would also bring up is that like, um, there is a version of of LeBron that I can see.
You know, back in the early 2000, Scottie Pippen went and joined the Blazers, and it was because the Blazers needed a guy who could, like, be a leader to that.
They had a bunch of young guys that Bonzi Wells Stoudemire was great. He was a journeymen.
Uh, they had Jermaine O'Neal coming off the bench on that team.
They had Sabonis, who's like a vet guy, and, um, one of the things that that I've kind of thought about is back in 2000 when that Portland team was supposed to beat this Lakers team and it was a lot of, you know, comebacks and shot making by the Lakers ended up preventing that from happening.
Um, so I'm not drawing a comparison between LeBron and Scottie Pippen.
But the comparison I want to bring up is what Scottie Pippen's role on that team Waas.
He wasn't like the guy who was carrying the workload.
He was the guy who was always guiding the ship.
LeBron's a 10 X version better offensive player than Scottie Pippen was.
But as he ages, if he does reach a point where it's very, very noticeable, he can't necessarily do the things that he's always been able to dio, which I don't know when.
That's gonna happen at this point, like he's gonna be 36 in a month and he's putting up MVP caliber numbers, you know what I mean? So if he if he continues to match his health at this point, I could see him taking on two years from now, three years from now, a role like that, where he's continuing to help guide thes Lakers in a manner that that delivers more championships and it does nothing else like you win one for the Lakers.
Like the way he's done it this season.
You're certified, man.
Like I don't care if you are the third leading scorer for the Lakers.
Five years from now, you're certified forever.
You're in Lakers immortality.
So nobody's gonna ever be able to say, Well, lebron, only one his I don't know, six title.
And he was like, the second best score or the third best score.
And he's like Laker fans, like, literally don't care like no one talk.
Kareem and Magic one ship fire just scream at the end of that dusty right.
Like and no one remembers like, but go ahead, please.
No, I mean, we don't We won't care as long as you're doing it.
Or purple and gold jersey, you're certified forever.
Here, this is This is we like to say, basketball immortality comes when you win championships.
But there is a different level of basketball immortality that you reach when you when you do it for for the Lakers.
So, um, Sky's the limit for a man, as as long as he's healthy.
As long as Anthony Davis is healthy you know, and they continue to prioritize defense chemistry, like doing all the right things, respecting the game, respecting the process of getting to that point, imagine their help.
I thought he said the best thing LeBron said yesterday was the best skill that you can possibly have is be available to your teammates when it comes to like being able to play.
And he's right that this entire season, all people have talked about is all they play with two big spacing.
But this team has prioritized staying healthy, making sure they imagine minutes and imagine a matter that keeps him healthy.
And they also respected the process of building chemistry with each other, learning each other's tendencies.
Um, not like just disrespecting the game when it comes to all those things that are important.
And so you know it, Z, um, you couldn't ask for anything more man like and and they have room to grow both on the roster as well as like, individually, can you imagine how much confidence they're gonna have if they make it to the playoffs next year? Like after going through what they went through here like every other day they were playing games like if we go back to normal, eh? NBA standards where, like they have to travel to home arenas like they couldn't even play in front of Staples.
You know, they couldn't even play in front of our own fans.
We didn't even have a chance to boo the crap out of, uh, opposing players in opposing, you know what I mean? Like opposing coaches like that's nuts.
And Kuzma hasn't experienced that.
Crusoe hasn't experienced that.
Some of these guys have never experienced what it's like to to be in front of a playoff in, you know, Lakers playoff crowd.
So it's, you know, just got to enjoy it.
Look when the Lakers air good and they travel to other arenas as it looks like next Next year, the N B A.
Is going to try something like that.
Lakers fans come out.
I'm in Maryland.
Atlanta's like like l a East with Lakers fans.
I mean, you're gonna go into Arenas where when the Lakers were bad, sure, Lakers fans came out, but maybe not to the same degree.
Now that they won again, the Lakers LeBron's gonna be getting M V P chants and rain is that he normally wouldn't.
It's gonna be purple and gold jerseys all over the place.
The Lakers have done what they were supposed to do while the Bucks didn't while the Clippers didn't.
Whoever else didn't do what they were supposed to? Dio? And I've always maintained that when the Lakers air good is good for business, for the MBA, like it's it's really good for business.
I want to read this to you, man, because I saw this and I was like This is nuts.
So this is from AP Sports Writer Tim Reynolds and I read this early and I was like, This is nuts, he said.
The MBA said that Lakers fans bought Mawr championship merchandise in 12 hours and and the previous record holders bought in 30 days.
Eso I wanted to share that one because last night I was like I'm waiting for an email from the NBA in the championship gear.
Soon as I said in the email comes through on my phone, my wife's I would give it to me.
She brings it up and I didn't order anything yet, so I went back to then order, and it was sold out.
She then she got mad at me because I didn't hurt order.
But they restocked.
I got money in my hat or whatever last night.
And I see this and I'm like in 12 hours, Lakers fans, just e.
I mean, I saw a guy said they were spending two or $300 on merchandise last night.
Oh, yeah, I started shopping.
I didn't I didn't do the bike because I'm actually, you know, like I was a celebratory mood.
So my buddy, who also had season tickets, he bought me the Western Conference Championships.
He bought me a hat of Western Conference championships hat.
So I tell him I'll buy the shirts for if they win the championship.
So I was like going around like I told me I had to give him for my brother.
I had to give him for my sister in law from my mom, my wife, my daughter for him.
So I'm like, just adding it up.
I was like, I'm already had, like, 300 bucks, 400 bucks.
I was just like, alright, man.
But this is like I said, this is a moment in time that you're never going to get back, so just just enjoy it.
But hey, man, Braun said.
It were built different.
This whole fan base is built different, and it's not just Laker fans, and it's not Laker fans.
There's Laker fans all over that.
Fanatics map of all the things popping up was nuts.
All the entire Eastern seaboard is filled like with with just so many Laker fans buying merge, That's nuts, man and E.
I don't think it was any coincidence that China's CCTV or whatever that they started broadcasting the games again on Game five like that's no coincidence, man like the Lakers, a huge in China like there's been all this talk about the ratings.
And so everybody wanted to cash in on this championship.
And when the Lakers air good, Lakers fans will spend money, Lakers fans will come out and you're seeing that already, man.
So the league in a situation where you know economics is an issue this year, the pandemic really hurt financially.
Lakers being good is probably good for business for the MBA, and Adam Silver has to be smiling about that, and I want to share this with you, too.
This is from an article.
I don't know which one, but someone sent this to me.
And it's from my Lakers executive who said while some of our so called rivals rivals spent literally hundreds of millions of dollars trying to buy media cycles, we kept our heads down and focused on basketball because we knew that all we cared about with winning championships.
And I think that's probably a shot at Steve Bomber in the Clippers and probably a few others.
But Rob Pelinka? These guys kept their head down and focused on the task at hand.
They didn't they didn't try to win the media battle when our own Magic Johnson through Rob under the bus.
Even I look, man Rob called Magic Magic might have been the first person he called last one.
Jamie talking about magic Magic is a made man I have on his jersey, right.
He's amazing, made man.
I mean, he might say some ridiculous stuff, but he is literally a made man, Um, and so for them, they loop him kind of back in the fold.
He's already on the ESPN saying we're gonna repeat next year.
Typical magic fashion e mean yeah, all is right, man.
It's what's what's that thing that people keep posting like nature is healing because, like, now everything is the way it is.
But yeah, but it's it's just, um yeah, I think I think I I did enjoy.
See, it was actually Ramona Shelburne, who wrote, I think, put that excerpt in her right up about the Lakers executive saying that you know, our rivals, we're spending all that money and what's it called? Um, I thought that was kind of funny that Ramona was the one who said that because she was also part of the, you know, guys that were the media that was pushing that dysfunction and stuff I got.
But like, the Lakers weren't gonna win anything like in the media.
It just wasn't gonna happen.
Um, there was there waas a concerted effort to push as much anti Laker, anti LEBRON stuff as much as possible.
And you were wrong.
That's it, like there's nothing else to it.
You were wrong, and I know that there are probably some people that air, just like have dipped from the timeline and dipped from media for a little while.
It's Yeah, it's it's quiet.
But I mean, um, that's all right, you know? I mean, like, I have respect for those people.
Zucker, you're not doubling down on nonsense.
I don't have a hold on. Hold on.
There's 111 person has really noticeably missing from the timeline.
Adrian Wooldridge glovsky e tweeted that man.
And then my tweets got, like, 5000 retweets or something that likes or whatever.
I pointed out, Shams has has tweeted about the Lakers.
Hain, Stein, all the big guys, right? Whoa.
Just supposed to be like the the news breaker.
How in the heck does the biggest guy at ESPN go radio silent when the most popular player and most popular franchise won the championship? I don't you know, you would think that one.
I mean, shams did it, but like, you would think that like, whoa, would have been the guy that, uh, woes would have been the guy to like the Lakers air like to put out the generic the Los Angeles Lakers or the 2019 to it.
Is it just adds more, you know, like after after the clippers got about.
So I tweeted that right out of I was just like, I hope that all of the spitting you were doing was, you know, it was worth it.
Like I just said you bumped, right? Like, I just come from a bum, but like you like, you don't have birds of you know it does.
Any of the Lakers and friends will never let him live it down, you know, and eso that That's just what it is so like, I would say just as always, just kind of enjoy all this sort of stuff.
Enjoy, like they just landed a Z.
We're recording this.
Um, they just landed back in Los Angeles, um, on their jet or whatever.
I think it's on k cal nine or it's on KT l A.
Five, which is the local television out here s O.
They just landed on dso.
I know Jeannie said that there's going to be like celebrations and stuff like that.
Eventually, once all the pandemic stuff gets lifted and were allowed Thio.
So I'm really looking forward to that.
I'm really, really, really keeping my fingers crossed that were able to attend the games like in person, next year s so I could attend the ring ceremony because I really, really want to attend that.
I think it's gonna be something special.
I won't be surprised if this if the rings they get have a little bit of a Mamba theme to them because of what happened this year.
Eso I'm really looking forward to that.
What more can you say, man like this team is going to get better.
Like as much as people want to talk about all the people who could combat Lakers, this team has been the antithesis to everything that people have been saying on paper that they don't have extraordinary scores on the perimeter.
We didn't need them.
We just needed guys who could defend yours.
Uh, this team doesn't have spacing like it needs to.
We don't need it because we don't run plays that way.
We just overwhelm you on the interior and I, you know, I also want to give credit to the Miami Heat because their their fans, for the most part the ones that weren't crazy and trying to get anti Dave suspended with, like, one second clips of stuff that never like that certain.
Like I appreciate those guys a lot.
Um, I follow Some of them were very nice folks, but both of these teams were, like, kind of like the opposite of what we've been seeing, like the three point shootings floor spreading.
These were throwback teams that that battle each other and and all the way up until the point that they met each other in the finals, they were they were doing like the exact opposite of what everybody expected them to do.
They expected them to fold because of their shooting and stuff I got and it just wasn't happening.
And And I think Laker fans should really, really, really enjoy the fact that we didn't do it the way that everybody told us that we were supposed to do it.
And when they came out and said, You're not gonna win because you're not doing it the way that that that we think you should do it, um, they should really enjoy that.
They should. They should.
That is the one thing you could rub in somebody's face that we didn't do it the way that you told us that that we have to do it and we want And, uh, we didn't barely win.
We won convincingly on DSO.
There's no reason to believe that they can't do this again.
Um, I think because the n b A is a copycat, Lee, I think teams, they're going to now start prioritizing veteran players.
Yeah, Biggs, stuff like that.
Guys who have playoff and championship experience toe flank their younger guys.
Um, and I think that's going to change the way that we look.
The Lakers may have brought back the big man.
That's something that will think about, um but there's still work to be done.
But, you know, this is this is not ah, one time thing.
Not by any measure.
I think that this is just the beginning.
And history shows us that every time the Lakers win one, they end up winning like, two in a row. At least.
Hey, Shaq And Kobe did it.
How did it they went to three finals.
People need to remember that they went to the Shaq and Kobe.
They went to 444 and you went three, Magic went to seven.
I think next seven or nine e can't remember.
Anyway, they went to a lot.
Yeah, the Lakers were not in the business of, like, one and more complacent with it.
We're in the business of like, going back as much as possible.
So, you know, and I think what you said at the beginning was right.
Um, I think there are.
It's not about the championship chasing.
I think there are players around the league that look at the Lakers.
They go thes guys, they're actually having a lot of fun.
These guys air enjoying what is? And outside of you know, some of the maybe too crazy folks that we have in, um, on Laker fan base, I think, for the most part, people look at the Laker fan base and go.
This fan base is pretty supportive, like this fan baseball like, you know, as long as you as long as you like.
If you're a player who's like, I believe that I'm a good player and then I could put 100% in with my effort every game, like I think they know if you're a player who has that sort of confidence.
You look at the Laker fan base, go look.
As long as I do my job, these guys will, you know, like I'm certified like I'm ironclad with this fan base.
I think players will look at that situation and people look at it and go.
This may be a really great place to play, and obviously Los Angeles is a destination.
It is a great place.
A lot of people live out.
A lot of players live out here during the summer time, Um, but I think like, what? What did with Brawn said, like, you know, when he was getting his his finals M v p speech like he referenced like anti Davis like we know, like I knew how good he could be.
I wanted him to come here and see what it's like experience what it's like to go through what it's like.
And I think that, like sentiment from Braun is something that, um, he's probably learned about.
And the part that I love the best is, he said.
When I was in Cleveland, he like, compared Anthony Davis's tenure in New Orleans with his in Cleveland, where he said that like he didn't like, You know, you got to the finals once, but he didn't accomplish.
We want to accomplish that 1st 10 years.
So he had to go and learn from Wade What it means.
Thio from Dwyane Wade in Miami.
What it means to win.
What habits you have tow, have toe win, all that kind of stuff.
And then he said, when I came to L.
I knew that I could do that for him and that mentor ship without, like, it's like a It's like a big brother mentorship.
But it's like you're you're your own man, too.
What? I mean, like, you're not doing this because I'm making you do this.
You're doing this because I know you can do this on your own.
And, um, I think other players will see stuff like that, you know, like I think other players will see that Braun doesn't talk about his teammates like their lesser than him.
He talks about his teammates, like where you're on the same level as me.
So I need your help to get here.
Um uh, Thio win more championships and for us to be successful, So I think that that overall sentiment on the fact that Rob is so in tune with, like, the emotions of his players and stuff like that.
I think that's the stuff that's gonna That's the stuff that's going to take this, this, um, franchise to to a place that maybe it hasn't been in a long while.
No, look, man, they know what they're doing.
Rob knows what he's doing.
Brian knows how to uplift these guys.
And I think the last point I'm gonna make I'm gonna take a jab at the Boston Celtics.
Because what better time than now to take a jab at the Boston Celtics? The Lakers and Celtics are true wrong by not the Lakers and Clippers.
It's the Lakers and Celtics, but the league and fans have often kind of put Boston in L.
Like on the same level when NA the Celtics won championship since 19.
Yeah, they've won one championship since 1986 1.
The Lakers have won eight since 1986.
I mean, like there's a difference.
There is simply a difference.
And so Celtics fans saying that the Minneapolis Championships don't count your stupid because you're championships in the six sixties they count, even though it's only like two black players in the league.
Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain.
I think the greatest.
The greatest player, the greatest player in your team's history.
No, not Larry Bird.
The person that the Finals M V P.
Didn't want to even have his stuff retired in front of your fans.
I don't want to ever hear about what you're what titles count.
What titles don't count.
It doesn't matter, because in the end, the way the record books are kept, we've got the same amount of championships.
But the reason why the Lakers air better is because we've done it MAWR often more consistently.
It wasn't just a big, front loaded payment or front loaded amount of championships like you guys have.
Organizational success is not something where you want a whole bunch championships, and then you are irrelevant for a long period of time, right? Not almost getting to the finals.
Getting to the finals.
Organizational success is doing it again and again and again and again, and I don't know about anybody else, but it kind of seems like if there's any one fan base in the MBA that everybody hates is probably the Laker fan base because we just went 10 years without even getting so far as like the Western Conference finals and all of a sudden were Public Enemy number one.
So I'm going to enjoy it.
I'm not gonna gloat because I don't like being the villain.
But I'm definitely going to enjoy people lying to themselves about the quality of this championship lying to themselves about the amount of championships the Lakers have and lying to themselves about the greatness of LeBron James.
I've talked to many folks who are the bronze specific fans, and they've told me they've asked me like Indian direct Dems and stuff like that.
What do you think Lebron would have to do? Or do you think of LeBron was a championship like he's gonna get his jersey retired? I said, Look, I'll be absolutely honest.
Pau Gasol hasn't gotten his Jersey retired yet, and he won two for the Lakers and and spent a couple of years with us.
Do I think LeBron, at the end of his career will get his jersey retired in L. A.
Yes, even if he only wins one championship because Laker fans.
Don't look at it as How many championships did you bring us? We look at it as What did you do when you were here? Did you deliver a championship? Did you play 100%? Did you give it your all? Did you help lead this franchise to a place that we needed you to go? Were you able to withstand the scrutiny of Laker fans around the world when it comes to a championship standard? That's the stuff that matters to Laker fans.
The quality of who you are as a player, the quality of the game you play.
And there is absolutely nothing in my mind to make me think that LeBron won't get his jersey retired, Um, at some point, especially considering the kind of season that he won the championship in.
Um, but there's a greater conversation about him that is going to eventually be had.
And I think I think, folks, I think Laker fans intimately know how much Kobe Bryant was downplayed in his career because he, you know, because he had shock and how they use shock against him to make him look bad.
And I have seen the traveling circuits of LeBron fans that are up and down.
Twitter and these air these air fans that have no they have no allegiance to any fan base.
They Onley exist to be anti Bron, and they like It's all like I try to think of the right word to describe, but they're almost like parasites, like they just leech onto whatever fan base, whether it's the Warriors, whether it's the heat, whether it's the Celtics, they just they just like leech onto whatever fan base they can to push like anti bronze stuff.
But look, men, this guy is won four championships total, three of them with three different franchises.
He's 11 with Miami.
Um, he's 11 with one of the worst franchises of all time in the Cleveland Cavaliers, and he is now on one with one of the best franchises in the MBA.
Um, I don't know what more you can say at this point.
I feel as though for him it's just adding more stuff like when we talk about icing on the cake.
Braun is now just putting icing, candles, confetti, whatever he wants on top of his cape, and I hope that all that stuff is just more championships.
And I hope that the same way that I said that for 20 years of my life I watched Kobe Bryant played basketball and I feel like I have watched probably one of the greatest players of all time.
I hope that the 17 years and counting that I've watched LeBron in this league not as intimately, obviously as Kobe, but the 20 years of the 17 years so far that I've spent watching LeBron.
I hope at the end of his tenure, I could say that I watched.
Um, I did watch with all complete cer*****y, or I've watched pretty much the greatest player of all time play that play this game of basketball.
Um, so there's no doubt in my mind that he's going to be back there, and I think he knows it.
Andi, I think this franchise knows what it takes to get back there, Um, very intimately.
So everybody, every Laker fan, every Braun fan, everybody should just take this time until the Lakers come until this season comes back.
Or, you know, until there's something worth talking about.
Just enjoy it, man.
This is This is what? This is what it's all about.
We got our 17th and it's such an amazing It's an amazing feeling.
LeBron Anthony Davis delivered.
Rondo delivered. KCP delivered.
All these guys showed up.
Alex Caruso Dwight Thes guys did a phenomenal job this playoff run, and they won number 17.
So shout out to all those guys.
Shout out to all the Lakers fans.
Man, it's been a rough 10 years.
Talk to your ****, talk your **** and just enjoy.
Enjoy your victory lap your victory lap.
Do your victory lap, man.
Um, like the great Nipsey said, Man, Nipsey Hustle was a great you know, Lakers fan and the marathon continues and it's not over.
So I would imagine Lakers will rest and figure out what next season needs to look like for them.
But I'd say to the rest of the league they should be worried because I think this team looks even better next year.
So money is always man. It was a pleasure.
It was a pleasure.
I will talk to you soon when you know there's offseason stuff to kind of discuss.
But, uh, I hope you have you and your wife have a wonderful time and you guys enjoy.
I'm going thio by a whole bunch of merchandise.
Laker championship merchandise after this and, you know, get back to work because we got jobs.
And we have to come back to regular non Lakers basketball related lives, uh, in the middle of a pandemic.
So, um, as always, uh, this has been wonderful.
I hope all the Laker fans have enjoyed, um I hope all of them and even non Laker fans of Kobe fans of whoever.
I hope you guys all enjoy.
Um, the content that you Alex, you've been doing a tremendous job with this process.
Um, I hope you guys enjoy.
I hope you guys stay safe.
I hope you guys are happy.
And I hope everybody find the success that they want in their lives on uses this championship as inspiration.
Don't don't Don't ever let somebody tell you that that you can't do something Um, a song As you put your mind to it, you can do it.
So shout out to all the Lakers content creators out there.
Man, we a lot of us started doing this stuff when the Lakers were pretty bad.
So take your victory lap and take.
Take a few days and rest.
So we'll close out on that man.
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