The chants were deafening every Boston fans shouting… “Beat L.A., Beat L.A.” for 48 minutes. The final score came out 131-92 as the Celtics big three celebrates as they add number 17 to their already storied franchise. It wasn’t the way the Lakers end their championship run they were push and shove and they basically did nothing but that was 2 years ago… Now the Lakers have a chance for redemption as they face the Celtics again for the second time in the NBA finals. Both storied franchise have 32 championships together, 17 for the Celtics while 15 for the Lakers making more than half of the 63 championships in NBA history. “We’ll see, we’ll see how much we matured,” Bryant said. “They challenged us extremely well in the finals a couple years ago. Now is a chance to see how much we’ve grown.” There was no animosity only pain as they walk through the locker room with a heavy heart, 2 years ago… People waving, chanting and taunting the Lakers as they entered the empty bus and no one felt the pain more than Kobe Bryant. It was supposed to be his year after winning his first MVP then stirred the Lakers to the NBA championship… “It was painful,” Lakers forward Pau Gasol said. “It is a feeling that I want to keep in my mind for every single minute that I’m out there playing them.”
They were labeled as softy and struggled to change their reputation.
2 years later and one championship won, the Lakers are a completely different team. The cast is still the same but the maturity has improved immensely. The Lakers are no pushover and the championship ring they’ve won the following year was a testament of the new and improve Lakers. They added toughness in a form of Ron Artest and Andrew Bynum who is playing hurt forego operation and will play on the finals, he maybe immobile but his height can surely disrupt any Celtic attempt. They are no pushovers and they can be physical as much as they want to be. Kobe believes that their maturity has grown since then but come Thursday the Lakers will be in for their ultimate test and the Celtics will prove that they are the same Lakers they played in the finals 2 years ago.
It was a long bus ride from Boston and Kobe never wanted to feel the same emotions again… After winning the conference finals against the Phoenix Suns there was a little celebration. The Lakers still wears that long game face. They are much focus of a task ahead and it’s more than winning a championship it’s about facing their old demons…