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BadMoFo

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This seems about right.

Lakers have a long memory of Celtics

By Marc J. Spears, Yahoo! Sports May 30, 3:32 am EDT

PHOENIX – The Los Angeles Lakers’ title hopes had disappeared with one last embarrassing loss in the NBA Finals, leaving those on board the team’s bus to sit in stunned silence. As the bus started to leave the TD Banknorth Garden in Boston on that night two years ago, chaos quickly broke out around the Lakers. Boston Celtics fans had filled the streets to celebrate the franchise’s 17th championship, not far from a statue of longtime patriarch Red Auerbach smoking a victory cigar.

With traffic snarled and no police escort to take them to their hotel, the Lakers could do nothing but sit and stew. Before long, someone recognized Phil Jackson sitting in the front seat, and then the rocks began to fly. Revelers pelted the bus and shook it, mocking the Lakers at their lowest moment.

“It was painful,” Lakers forward Pau Gasol(notes) said. “It is a feeling that I want to keep in my mind for every single minute that I’m out there playing them.”

Yes, the Lakers and Celtics are now set to renew their legendary rivalry in the NBA Finals. One night after the Celtics eliminated the Orlando Magic in the Eastern Conference finals, L.A. took out the Phoenix Suns in the West to set up the latest chapter between the teams.

“Obviously, this is a matchup that’s very easy to talk about,” Kobe Bryant(notes) said. “There are a lot of things that people can write about and talk about. It’s a sexy matchup.”

This will be the 12th Finals meeting between the league’s two storied franchises. When they’re done, the Lakers and Celtics will have accounted for 33 of the NBA’s 64 championships. Their first Finals meeting came in 1959 when the Celtics swept the Minneapolis Lakers for the first of eight straight titles. The rivalry, however, was sparked when the Celtics knocked off the Lakers six times in eight years in the 1960s. Those series included Boston’s Bill Russell and Bob Cousy versus Los Angeles’ Elgin Baylor and Jerry West.

The rivalry picked up in the 1980s thanks to Magic Johnson and Larry Bird. There were three Finals meetings then between the Celtics who were then viewed as tough, hard-working and predominately white while the Lakers were Hollywood glamour, show-boaters and mostly black. The “Beat L.A.” chant was born as was the “Boston Sucks” taunt. Before Michael Jordan took over the NBA, it was Bird and Magic who saved the league with their impassioned rivalry. With the Lakers losing to the Celtics two years ago, it’s safe to say the rivalry has been reborn.

“It’s a little more hostile in Boston,” Lakers forward Lamar Odom(notes) said. “I don’t know how my wife [reality star Khloe Kardashian] is going to be able to sit in the crowd.

“They gave it to my kids last time in Boston. I can’t repeat (what was said). It will be fun. The people were rude to my kids, but it was fun.”

Not everyone in Los Angeles was pining for the Lakers to meet the Celtics again. One fan, in fact, was disappointed to see the Lakers knock out the Suns to advance to the Finals.

Her name is Randy Auerbach, an independent film producer who also happens to be a daughter of the late Celtics coach. She has been living in Los Angeles for years, and it hasn’t kept her from cheering for her father’s old team.

“I would like to take all the Lakers flags off the cars and burn them,” Randy Auerbach said. “It’s really annoying. It doesn’t make sense to me. There is still a strong rivalry.

“How did my father feel about the Lakers? No comment. They’re a great franchise, clearly. I think the Celtics are more of a unique organization that attracted a certain player. We had so many players who started and finished their careers in Boston. We didn’t trade for the sake of exploiting a player in their last year. The times are different. The Celtics are a classy organization. My dad knew everyone’s kids, where they were [after retirement], where they were working. They mean a lot to him. They were a real sense of family.”

To Odom, of course, there is nothing bigger in basketball than wearing a Lakers uniform and following in the footsteps of such names as West, Baylor, Goodrich, Abdul-Jabbar, Johnson and O’Neal. Getting to live in sunny, celebrity-filled Los Angeles isn’t bad, either.

“We got a lot of good things going for us in L.A.,” Odom said. “Playing for the Lakers is unlike playing for any other team in the world. It’s almost like being a Yankee.”

Were it not for the Celtics, the Lakers likely would be playing for their third consecutive title. The Lakers entered the 2008 Finals as heavy favorites. Led by Paul Pierce(notes), the Celtics took control of the series when they rallied from a 24-point deficit to win Game 4. The Lakers won Game 5, but the Celtics closed out the series by hammering them in Boston.

Like Gasol, Bryant hasn’t forgotten that miserable bus ride from the Garden.

“There are some [expletives] in Boston,” he said. “A lot of fans were celebrating. It got a little out of hand.”

As early as the second game of the West finals, Lakers fans began chanting “We Want Boston” at the Staples Center. Likewise, Celtics fans have been chanting “Beat L.A.” since Game 2 of the East finals. Even as great as a LeBron-Kobe matchup might have been, there is nothing bigger in the NBA than Celtics-Lakers – or Lakers-Celtics, depending on which side of the battle one fights.

The league’s biggest rivalry is officially back on. This time, the Lakers are planning for a smoother ride home.
 

Pessimistic Pete

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No one replied to this topic because you're a troll.

I'm putting you on ignore and I suggest everyone else do the same.
 

BadMoFo

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No one replied to this topic because you're a troll.

I'm putting you on ignore and I suggest everyone else do the same.

And I suggest you suck my balls. No one on this site is a real B-ball fan. Ive been here through the good and bad times of the Pats, which this site is really about. So because I really know B-ball and cheer the Lakers, i'm a troll. **** off stupid, no one even likes you.

 

ausbacker

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And I suggest you suck my balls. No one on this site is a real B-ball fan. Ive been here through the good and bad times of the Pats, which this site is really about. So because I really know B-ball and cheer the Lakers, i'm a troll. **** off stupid, no one even likes you.

Pats Fan or not way to stick your head up your on arse by making a comment as such :rolleyes:. The Lakers won because they took their opportunities when they mattered. Congrats to them.

End of.
 
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BadMoFo

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Pats Fan or not way to stick your head up your on arse by making a comment as such :rolleyes:. The Lakers won because they took their opportunities when they mattered. Congrats to them.

End of.

I'll talk to you during football season. But I can give a **** less about the Celtics. **** em. Seasons over. And I've heard all the **** talked here about the Lakers, refs and bull**** conspiracies. Don't matter now, right.
 

ausbacker

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I'll talk to you during football season. But I can give a **** less about the Celtics. **** em. Seasons over. And I've heard all the **** talked here about the Lakers, refs and bull**** conspiracies. Don't matter now, right.
Are you surprised that the Lakers would be berated on a Boston sports supporting forum? Are you really surprised that smack would be talked about them here? You're acting like a surprised child. Seriously....

If you can sit down and honestly say that the Lakers didn't get very suspicious calls (as did the Celtics in games 4 and 5) in the first couple of games which ended up with the NBA getting exactly what they wanted in a 7 game series then you've rocks in your head.

At the end, the Lakers had no business winning game 7 when the Celtics got out to 13. The Celtics choked hard and the Lakers were good enough to capitalize on their opportunities and keep chipping away at the lead. They have the Championship and the Celtics don't.

By all means enjoy the win and celebrate it but pull your head out of your arse and don't proclaim you're the only person who knows basketball because you aren't. All you are right now is another PatsFans who supports a different NBA side complaining because your won. Congrats to Kobe.. he's the best in the business and that class showed through. You'd do well to listen to his speech and why this one was the most special for him.

What a joke of an effort on your behalf.
 
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DisgruntledTunaFan

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Celtics had an OUTSTANDING post-season run - Boston fans, you should be very proud of your team with the effort they put out in this post-season. There were question marks going into the post-season, supposedly the Cavs had the NBA Title trophy in the bag, then Orlando was supposedly the best team in the NBA, you name it.

It's hard to win a title, but the Celtics won one in this 3 year span, and who knows how everything would have turned out if Garnett had been healthy last year.

I'm a Pistons fan, and it was really tough seeing them lose to this same Lakers team in 7 games in 1988 - it was air tight, as was game 6. But at the end of the day, I was really proud of this team(and they ended up winning back-back titles subsequently).

This Celtics team really showed alot of heart.
 

KontradictioN

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BadMoFo hasn't even shown a propensity to hold up a conversation about the Pats, something which he was supposedly here for. The only thing he's shown a propensity to do is make some half assed drive-by snarky comment in a thread then disappear again once nobody acknowledges him. I'm not a Celtics fan either (don't hate them, though, as much as you seem to), but even I can admit that this wasn't necessary. Nice of you to show up after the fact, though...

:bricks:
 

BadMoFo

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BadMoFo hasn't even shown a propensity to hold up a conversation about the Pats, something which he was supposedly here for. The only thing he's shown a propensity to do is make some half assed drive-by snarky comment in a thread then disappear again once nobody acknowledges him. I'm not a Celtics fan either (don't hate them, though, as much as you seem to), but even I can admit that this wasn't necessary. Nice of you to show up after the fact, though...

:bricks:

I'll talk Pats when there is something to talk about. And in case, you were interested, no I don't have any Pats tattoos.

I admit, I was pretty wasted when I started this thread. But, still the thought of Celtics fans, throwing rocks and bottles at the Lakers bus, pissed me off. Kicking them when they are down. Real tough guys.
 

CheeseMonkeys

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Just because there are some douche bag Celtic fans that throw rocks a the Lakers bus doesn't mean we are all douche bags.
 

KontradictioN

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I'll talk Pats when there is something to talk about. And in case, you were interested, no I don't have any Pats tattoos.

I admit, I was pretty wasted when I started this thread. But, still the thought of Celtics fans, throwing rocks and bottles at the Lakers bus, pissed me off. Kicking them when they are down. Real tough guys.

Yes, I'm sure the Lakers fans would have been much more kind. :rolleyes:
 

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