Seeing as we’re so thoroughly in August and have analyzed this Los Angeles Lakers team seven ways to Sunday, I figured we’d take a break from those kinds of shows and have a little fun.
Both Pete and I have been fans of the Lakers for a combined almost fifty years, offering up innumerable incredible memories. So, on today’s episode of Locked on Lakers, we take a stroll down memory lane and relive some of our favorite moments in Lakers history with a fun caveat: Our moments can’t have anything to do with a finals series or championship.
Pete starts with a fun one having to do with those damn Celtics.
Older Laker fans will tell you, the rivalry between the Lakers and Celtics was not a fun one for Angelenos. Not only did the Lakers lose to Boston, but they did so in extremely painful ways, especially in the Boston Garden. So for Pete’s first memory, he looks back on how the Lakers closed their last game in that hideous and awful building. Shouts to Nick Van Exel.
My first memory isn’t of a specific moment per se, but the many games I used to listen to Chick Hearn’s calls of the games on the radio on my family’s way back from my grandparents’. He was incredible, and painted the way both Pete and I cover the Lakers now.
Next up on the list are a couple games from Magic Johnson that fans didn’t think they’d ever get to see. Pete talks about Magic’s comeback game years after his HIV announcement. He couldn’t sleep for days before that! From there, I segue to his All Star Game performance in 1992.
The memories keep rolling from there in what turned into one of my favorite episodes yet.
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