The wait is over and the Lakers’ defense of their championship starts today with the visiting Hornets. We’ve covered the X’s and O’s of this match up and know what the Lakers need to do on both sides of the ball to beat this team. Yes our guys are favored, but the games aren’t played on paper; the team will need effort and execution on both ends to get the victories they need.
With that said, we briefly step away from tactics and strategy to remind of the bigger picture.
The path to a potential championship begins today. There will be ups and downs, dramatic moments, and times where doubt will not only be natural it will be all consuming. However, through it all, I ask again that you try to enjoy the journey. The Lakers are looking to accomplish something truly historic as a team, in their coach’s last stand, with legacies ready to take a major boost should they succeed. Just think, the prospect of a 4th straight Finals appearance, a 3rd straight title, banner #17 for the franchise, ring #12 for the coach and #6 for Kobe and Fisher.
These are massive milestones that this team is chasing and we, as fans, are right there in the thick of it. I understand that when the team commits a careless turnover or misses that offensive rebound it’s difficult to see the forest through the trees.
However, through those hard moments this is a team that we should try to enjoy and appreciate. These chances are few and far between, cherishing them makes the end result that much sweeter should we get there.
And with that, enjoy this game and enjoy this run. We’re lucky fans. The journey starts now.