The Glass Half Full Perspective on Lakers Win

Busta BucketCorrespondent IJune 16, 2009

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 14:  Kobe Bryant #24, Josh Powell #21 and Derek Fisher #2 of the Los Angeles Lakers begin celebrating in the fourth quarter before defeating the Orlando Magic 99-86 in Game Five of the 2009 NBA Finals on June 14, 2009 at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida.  NOTE TO USER:  User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

On Sunday, the Los Angeles Lakers won their fourth NBA title since 2000. Blazers fans, let's give credit where credit is due. As much as I hate to say it, the Lakers were the best team. They outplayed each team they faced in the playoffs, coming up with big plays in clutch situations to win important games. They were able to outplay some high quality opponents on their way to the top. Kobe Bryant was the clear MVP of each round of games they played. Congratulations Lakers, there's not much us Blazers fans can do but shake our heads and wish it were someone else celebrating. We cheered for Utah, then Houston, then Denver, and finally Orlando. No one could defeat you. If you're like me, you turned off the television before you were forced to see Kobe hoisting the Larry O'Brien Trophy above his head. The only thing worse than a Blazers loss is a Lakers win. But lift your heads everyone, there's a silver lining around that cloud hanging over Rip City today.

As I took in the sights and sounds of the Lakers winning it all, I thought to myself, "You know, this might not be so bad." How, you ask, is the Lakers championship not a bad thing for a Blazers fan? My answer is that I have faith that the Portland Trail Blazers will make it back to the top. If they do, they will most likely have to go through the Lakers to get there. The only thing that would be sweeter than winning a championship is to beat the team you hate most on the way there. I'll guarantee that any Red Sox fan will tell you that winning the 2004 World Series was great, but beating the Yankees along the way made it that much better. The championship window is opening for this Blazers team. Kevin Pritchard is sure to improve the team in the coming months via trades, free agency, or the draft, cracking that window a little wider. The chase is on. If Portland is able to defeat the Los Angeles Lakers in a playoff series, there is a good chance Portland will be the team responsible for slamming LA's window shut.

So instead of sulking around and being bitter about the fact that the least likable team won again, see the bright side of all of this. When Portland beat the Lakers in the 1992 playoffs, it didn't mean as much because Magic was gone and LA wasn't LA. But LA is at it's peak once again. This is our chance to shove that annoying team off the mountain and claim it for ourselves. This is Portland's chance to be the best by beating the best. We'll get there. Only then will this Lakers championship feel okay.


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