Re: Dr Buss on Lakers/Celtics
posted at 8/20/2010 11:56 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Dr Buss on Lakers/Celtics
[QUOTE]Elias, thanks for the faint praise for our Celtics....but you refer to our titles won 40-50 years ago? .....we actually won in '86 and, if not for crushing injuries and two deaths we might have been winning into the '90's....."what if"....I know.....but the team remained a contender into the '90's.....you also stated that the Lakers greatness started in the '60's (I think that was your point)....just remember that the Lakers came to LA in 1959........they won their first title in '73 (I believe)....they won their next title in '80....so they won 1 title in the first 21 years in LA...the Laker greatness started in th '80's my friend.....that is, if you define greatness as winning titles...
Posted by Duke4[/QUOTE]
When I refer to the titles won 40, 50 years ago, I am referring to greatness. Many teams have won a championship, I'm referring to the great Lakers and Celtics teams that made each franchise an exclusive club. Winning 3 titles in the 80's is impressive but that is not what made you great, remember, San Antonio won four, Chicago six, does that make them as great as the Lakers/Celtics? No. For the Celtics, had it not been for the great run of the 1960's, you all would be like the Bulls or the Spurs. Duke, the only
reason your team can be considered among the top 2 franchises in the NBA (and even that is questionable among outsiders) is because of what your team did 40+ years ago.
""You also stated that the Lakers greatness started in the 60's..."
No that is not what I said. I said "The Lakers are great because of what they have been able to accomplish since the 1960's." I could have also said, they are great because of what they have been able to accomplish since the 1970's or the 1980's, or the 1990's, or 2000. The Lakers are great because of what they have been able to do decade in decade out starting in the 1970's. They made their mark in this league in 1972 when they had a record breaking season of 69 wins, 13 losses - a record untouched for 25 years. That year they won 33 straight (a record that will never be broken) and the title. Remember Duke it wasn't until expansion later in the decade that changed everything for the NBA.
I don't define greatness by how many titles the team has won alone since after all, we might have two teams with the same number of championships in the near future (hope, hope). You know as well as I know that the talking heads in the media are going to talk endlessly about which team is the greatest. I also think you know in your heart that it will probably be a universal acknowledgement that the Lakers are head and sholders above Boston in overall acheivments.
There are big differences between our two clubs when considering EVERY category that makes a sports franchise great.