Re: Dear Shaq; An Open Letter
posted at 8/12/2010 4:43 AM EDT
In Response to Re: Dear Shaq; An Open Letter
[QUOTE]An Open Letter To Shaq from a long time Lakers fan: Mark my words, by signing with the Celtics, you have given up any hope of every having your jersey retired over at Laker land. When your basketball days are over and the only thing left is retired jersey's, trust me, no one from L.A. will come calling. You can bank on that.
Posted by EliasB[/QUOTE]
Wow, that would be remarkably petty from my team. I can't believe that would be the case. Would I really believe that we wouldn't retire number Shaq's #34. He only led us to 3 titles, he only won the playoff MVP award in each of those seasons, and only won the league MVP in 2000. I guess that just isn't enough for some people? What more did he half to do? Unfortunately we chose Kobe over Shaq. Which in my mind is completely regrettable.
Although to my shame we are talking about an organisation that can't find it in it's heart to retire #99. Mikan only accomplished the following.
Championships in '50, '52, '53 and '54
Five time all NBA first team 1950 - 1954
Four time all star '51-54
All star MVP '53
Elected to the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame 1959.
So unfortunately the Lakers have set a standard for not honoring our former great players?
I only hope this isn't the case with Shaq. And can only hope that it's not the case for Mikan, but with each passing year this looks less likely.
It's funny that you don't see Celtics fans acting as juvenile as Lakers fans. Demanding that Sharman's number be un-retired after he coached our Lakers to their first championship in L.A. You don't see them slamming K.C. Jones and un-retiring his number as being Sharman's assistant?
Sharman and Jones played a huge role in our first title in L.A. Two Celtics. It's alright for us to use their brains trust to help us win our first L.A. Title but not for them to sign up Shaq and sore up their front Court?
The word is hypocritical. Or maybe just maybe, because a percentage of Lakers fans may not even remember last week, they may not even know that two of the oh so hated Celtics were major factors of '71-72 championship.
Jeez, wake up L.A. and get a little more with it.