Re: Dr Buss on Lakers/Celtics
posted at 8/19/2010 2:43 PM EDT
Duke, you say that your issue is with "the emphasis placed on those Minny titles by LA ownership and fans over the last decade or so of the rivalry..."
I think what you're trying to imply is that the Lakers did not appreciate the 5 titles won in Minnesota until it became apparent that our team was closing in on your teams record.
Duke, I hate to put it this simply for you but, it is what it is!
Our franchise has won 16 championships. When the day comes and our team wins championship #24 and yours is stuck on 17, future Lakers fans aren't suddenly going to say, "okay now it's official, we have more championships than the Celtics because we now have won more in L.A."
That's ridiculous. It just is what it is.
For you to imply that Lakers fans did not count the Minneapolis championships until 2002 is so overly presumptuous it makes you appear (pardon the expression) stupid. To say that the reason why Lakers fans weren't comparing titles with Boston 25 years ago was because we refused to count the championships won in Minnesota is beyond words.
You said that "...the only point that was being discussed by fans of both teams at the time" when the Lakers finally beat the Celtics in 1985 "was the fact that the Lakers finally broke through and beat Boston...but there was no comparing the number of titles each franchise had at the time..."
(It's intellectual suicide for anyone to agree with this)
At that time the Lakers had won their 9th NBA title. Why would the Lakers or their fans compare that to the 15 the Celtics had? Of course there was no comparing the numbers since there was still a big discrepency.
"...in 2002 the Lakers suddenly recognized the Minny titles and hoisted a banner...now the undying chant of Laker fans is.....'we are about to catch and pass you'..."
First of all, how do you know it was only in 2002 that the Lakers "suddenly" recognized the titles won in Minnesota? You don't know that. You say things that are just plain and simply your assumption.
Like I said before, I became a Lakers fan back in 1990. I used to count all of the Lakers championships back before 2000! I remember winning arguments with my neighbor who was a die hard Bulls fan when I would remind him of how many championships the Lakers had which at the time was 11. I used to point that out to him constantly. Counting the titles won in Minnesota was never an issue.
Of course the talk among Lakers fans today is about when our team moves past yours for the most championships. Why wouldn't it be? After all we are just 2 away! We are one (ONE!) championship away from being tied with the most championships in NBA history. We have 16, you have 17. No one ever thought that would happen this soon, but here we are!
So to say, "well, why didn't you guys talk about surpassing us back when you had 9 championships" is, well, kind of stupid if you ask me.