A history of celebrations…
1972: “I don’t yell much, and I’m not much of a drinker,” West said. “Really, I can’t figure out much that I’ll be able to do except maybe smile a lot.” When they did win, the Lakers were subdued. They drank their victory champagne out of wine glasses, while West smiled as predicted and delivered what were in effect a couple of toasts.
How things have evolved…
1980: Magic was too young for champagne… Trophy presentation 3:30
1982: Trophy presentation 3:40.
1985: “LA’s the Place!”
“Ain’t nothing but a party, y’all.”
1987: “I’m guaranteeing everyone here. Next year were going to win it again.”
Complete with footage from their visit with then president Reagan.
1988: “With 20 seconds to go, we were celebrating like we were champs. I said, ‘Hey don’t celebrate.’ I’m always scared. I’m scared until the final buzzer goes off.” -Magic
Kareem stuffs his towel in Riley’s mouth after Brent Musburger tempts Riley to guarantee another title. 7:50
2000: “We gonna get another one next year. Caaaan yoooooou dig it?”
2001: a hint of things to come…
2002: “It takes Two”
2009: 1-2-3 Ring!