Re: Championships by one coach and team.
posted at 4/17/2011 4:08 AM EDT
Thanks for replying
I don't know. I think it's ludicrous for Lebron James to say that number 23 should be retired for each team. Which shows a complete disregard for the history of the NBA.
I think you may have hit it on the head when you said "who really cares?". How many fans care about the Minneapolis days or even the early days in Los Angeles. I do, as it's a rich history and one of the greatest histories in sports.
It's not an attempt to throw dirt, it's more a wake up call. Saying that some people out there do care about, and know the history of the team.
Have heard of players who do like the idea of others wearing their numbers. But in some cases, numbers ought to be retired. I'm not talking about retiring 18 numbers, but really, you're a key player in a franchise that was won 5 titles in 6 seasons, then really your number SHOULD be retired. If you are acknowledging that history and those championships as being your own.
The statues at Staples Centre are about right. It shouldn't become a statue park by any means. Perhaps 1 or 2 more in the foreseeable future. Thinking Mikan and Bryant (argument and a good one can be made for Shaq as he was the driving force behind three titles).
I think there will be a Russell statue. And the sooner it's done the better. Boston should get their act together and do it. If it's a question of money then I'm sure plenty of Celtic fans would donate towards it. Heck a lot of former Celtic players would and should get behind such a project.
I am criticizing Dr Buss because of this. The Minneapolis titles were only used when we started to win titles at the beginning of the last decade. If you are to use those titles, which we should have done since the move to LA. Then you should go the whole nine yards. Dr Buss was quoted in "The Lakers" book by Roland Lazenby that he didn't consider the Minneapolis titles to belong to Los Angeles and basically what happened in Minneapolis, stayed in Minneapolis. This is actually on page 93 of the book. The ISBN number for it is 1-57028-062-2. I strongly suggest you read the book and make up your mind as to when these titles became relevant to our team. http://www.amazon.com/Lakers-Basketball-Journey-Roland-Lazenby/dp/1570280622
You really ought to read the book, it's cheap enough from Amazon and it's a really great read. In fact it's good for any fan of Basketball in general.