Weâ€™ll stay cautious and level-headed, right?
DrRayEye asked that after the Lakers best win of the season last night, and itâ€™s a fair question.
On one hand, my head keeps reminding me that they donâ€™t award any NBA hardware in January; that beating Dallas in one game and in a seven-game series are two very different things; and that the Lakers still have the 21st-ranked defense in the league (in terms of defensive efficiency) and that could well come back to bite them; that based on point differential the Lakers look more like a 48-49 win team.
But Iâ€™m a fan â€” I want my team to win and by extension am naturally optimistic about their chances. Rose-colored glasses look good on me. And itâ€™s hard not to be excited about this Laker team today.
This is what being a fan is about, enjoying wins like the one over Dallas. Itâ€™s about seeing a team come together before your eyes. Itâ€™s about seeing guys youâ€™ve watched struggle â€” like Sasha â€” blossom when you least expect it. Itâ€™s about guys with great stories â€” like Ronny Turaif â€” stepping up and making big plays when maybe they shouldnâ€™t even be in the league. Itâ€™s about watching your biggest star grow and mature.
â€¦This team has been a joy to watch this season. Seeing the ball work its way around on a set has been fun instead of excruciating (see 2004-2005).
Rob L. said that and heâ€™s right. We can break down all the numbers and plays (and we will), but there are times to just sit back, watch it all unfold and be a happy fan. Today is one of those days.
Iâ€™ve been a Lakers fan since the â€™60â€™s; Baylor was my one of my role models as a kid. But I havenâ€™t liked them much in the post-Magic era, though I tried when Phil came to LA a year after I did. But early on this year, I saw a huge change in Kobe, and started tuning in. Even bought a Lakerâ€™s jersey last month. Loved what I saw Friday night; great camaraderie and everyone having a ball.
The comparisons to the first Bullsâ€™ 3peat squad are obvious. Nobodyâ€™s getting in the way of the team so they can show up on ESPN. Theyâ€™re playing the game, and Iâ€™m lovin it!