First and foremost, Happy Thanksgiving to everyone! Today is the day, hopefully, that we all get to sit back and enjoy time with our loved ones, watch some football, and eat so much multiple naps will be in order. Good times, indeed.
Every year, it seems, the life of a Laker fan changes yet stays remarkably consistent. Once again the team is chalk full of superstar talent and, if they improve at even a standard rate, will once again be in the hunt to compete for a championship. And while there are players and things every game that draw our ire, we must admit we have it pretty good in rooting for the forum blue and gold.
So, for that, I give thanks. Here are a few more things I’m thankful for today…
*For Kobe Bryant. 17 years into his career and he’s still going strong. Leading the league in scoring, shooting the ball better than he ever has before, and thriving in whatever offensive scheme his team is running. Such a special talent.
*For Mitch Kupchak who, regardless of circumstances, finds a way to improve the team and get his hands on players that the rest of the league would love to have. This man traded for Dwight Howard and Steve Nash in the same off-season. What more could we ask for?
*For the Buss family and their insatiable thirst to win and willingness to do whatever it takes to make it happen. Jerry remains the best owner in pro sports and even though we had our questions about Jim, he too is proving that he’s capable of carrying the torch.
*For Ron-Ron and his summer of rededicating himself to his training and improving his game. He looks as good or better than at any other point in his Laker career.
*For Dwight Howard and Steve Nash. The former is showing his value every night and is playing at a high level even though he’s not yet 100% physically. As for Nash, he’s not yet gotten to play that much, but just the thought of him coming back and running D’Antoni’s offense has me giddy.
*Speaking of D’Antoni, I’m thankful for his presence and the change in outlook he’s provided this team. I wish no ill will on Mike Brown, but it’s obvious that D’Antoni’s presence has helped this team take a positive step forward.
*For all the contributors that makes this site what it is by putting up great content everyday. Phillip, Dave, J.M., Emile, Rey, Zephid, and Ryan. Without their insight, this site simply wouldn’t be what it is.
*Speaking of Zephid, he sent over some additional things he’s thankful for:
*Pau Gasol - No other big man can do quite what Gasol does. If Tuesday’s game against Brooklyn showed us anything, it was that Gasol is probably the only big in the league with the combination of physical and mental gifts that this team needs. Gasol’s outside shot has started to fall, forcing teams to respect it. This will open the paint for Howard and give driving lanes for Nash and Kobe, as well as more wide open three’s for MWP. Gasol is also a true pass-first big, and his size when standing at the middle of the floor makes is what makes it impossible to stop the 2-4-5 PNR destruction that has been raining down on opponents. Gasol has the tools and pride to take on the opponent’s best post player on defense, allowing Howard to roam and be a help defender. Gasol’s selflessness in all these regards makes him the perfect fit for this teams needs next to Kobe, Howard, and soon (hopefully), Nash.
*Andrew Bynum is no longer our problem – With Bynum not returning till at least December, and some reports saying he may miss the entire year, it feels wonderful to not have our season ride the unsteady shoulders of an injury-riddled young man. Although I wish he would have let his hair go the way he has in Philly, seeing Howard throwing down dunks on people’s heads, actually having our star big man on the court, leaves me thankful that Bynum’s injury woes are no longer the concern of Laker fans.
*Sacre celebrations – self-explanatory.
*Lastly, I want to thank everyone that supports this site by reading our thoughts and contributing in the comments. This really is a community of smart and passionate fans. We may not always agree but we all love the team.
Happy Thanksgiving everyone.