First and foremost, Happy Thanksgiving! We Laker fans have lots to be thankful for and here’s a few things that I’m especially thankful for this year (both Lakers and in my personal life)…
Back to back NBA championships and a team that’s ready to compete for even more.
(At least) One last year of Phil Jackson coaching this team.
My fantastic family and their love and support in everything I do. Right this moment they’re cooking a feast for the ages as I’m holed up in another room typing. I couldn’t run this site without their encouragement.
Mitch Kupchak – whose ability to improve a championship roster every year is amazing.
Jerry Buss and entire Buss family. Simply put, the best owners in sports.
That Pau Gasol was traded here from Memphis in 2008. (This is something I’ll continue to be thankful for, seemingly for eternity.)
Shannon Brown’s summer shooting regimen.
Kurt Helin deciding to start this site a little more than 6 years ago.
Phillip, Jeff, Zephid, Bill Bridges and all the other writers and moderators that produce insightful and thought provoking content day after day.
Speaking of our great group of contributors, Jeff emailed me some of things that he’s thankful for this year:
Matt Barnes’ scowl and the tenacity he’s added to this team. At least this year, we’ll be on the other side of his next Twitter war.
Ron Artest’s instant redemption game-winner in Game 5 against Phoenix, only to be topped by his epic trey against the C’s in Game 7.
That we still have at least another four to five years of watching one of the undisputed greatest players of all-time. These are precious moments in Kobe’s career and I’m not only thankful for #24’s accomplishments, but also feel a responsibility to savor every last one of them.
The Lakers’ relative good health the past two seasons.
The fact that — contrary to popular belief — Sasha Vujacic’s career highlight at this point isn’t asking Maria Sharapova to marry him, but syncing two series-clinching free throws in the waning moments of Game 7 of last year’s Finals.
And finally, all of you – the readers and commenters – that have turned a website into a community and a place where we can all come and discuss the team and learn more about this team and the game that we love. You’d be hard-pressed to find a more informed, passionate basketball community on all the web.