I caught this game on a snowy television in a crappy little Long Beach club where a friendâ€™s band was playing (Iâ€™ll watch the Tivo later), but my night reminded me what this team means to the city.
Early on the people and friends around me were of the same mind: I donâ€™t follow the team as closely as I did a few years ago, I donâ€™t know most of these players and the ones I do know suck, management sucks, etc…
But from the time of the late third quarter run on, we were all cheering (but not being heard over the opening band, which did a bunch of bad Social D covers and one horrific Beatles cover), high fiving and were drawn into the game. When it was over we were buying each other drinks and laughing in amazement.
Itâ€™s just fun to be a fan on nights like that. And there is no other team in this city people rally around, that can bring people of different ages and diverse lifestyles, as fast and as intensely as the Lakers.