I rarely invoke my personal life in this space. After all, this is a Laker site not a place for you to read about me. However, on this Thanksgiving, I find myself reflective in ways beyond how the Lakers will solve their point guard issues or who they’ll sign as a fourth big man.
You see, just a couple of days ago, my daughter reached the ripe age of 4 months. In that short time, I’ve watched her grow, reach developmental milestones, and fill my life in ways I didn’t even know possible. I have so much in my personal life to be thankful of that it’s not even funny. Every day I reflect on this and can’t help but smile at how lucky I am.
Drifting back to basketball, the other side of that of course, is that for longer than my daughter has been alive the NBA has been locked out. Transactions and games have been replaced by meetings on BRI splits, press conferences with both sides calling each other liars, and now lawsuits being filed. So, unless you’re being cynical or sarcastic, there’s not much to be thankful for as a Laker fan or an NBA fan today. Sure, back channel negotiations are happening and the idea of a 66 game season has been floated as a possibility should a settlement/agreement be reached this weekend.
However, until something actually comes out of those talks I’ll not get my hopes up. Instead, today, I’ll focus on the things that really matter: family, friends, and a good meal (or two). After all, basketball will be back at some point. There will be plenty of time to discuss the Lakers, be it X’s and O’s or who they should sign in free agency. Plenty of time to relish the wins and complain about the losses.
Today, though, I give thanks for everything I do have rather than wasting another day worrying about the things I don’t. I hope you all do the same and enjoy today with whoever you choose to spend it with.