At long last, Los Angeles is the city of champions once again. On Tuesday, just 16 days after the Lakers were crowned champions of the NBA, the Dodgers won their first World Series since 1988. Coincidentally, the Lakers won a championship that year too.
However, it’s not just the history that the Lakers and Dodgers have made together that binds them: they’re two of the most storied teams in Los Angeles and it’s clear they have mutual respect for each other. In fact, it’s probably safe to say the Lakers are Dodgers fans at this point.
Following the Dodgers’ 3-1 win over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday, the reigning NBA champions took to Twitter to celebrate their fellow champions — you know, just champ things.
LA CITY OF CHAMPIONS— kuz (@kylekuzma) October 28, 2020
DAMN RIGHT YOU GUYS ARE!!! https://t.co/p43AxyJc1t— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 28, 2020
CONGRATS CHAMPS !! #WorldSeries2020 https://t.co/pbR22ntY6a— Alex Caruso (@ACFresh21) October 28, 2020
Even the legends of Lakers past showed their support for the Dodgers. Magic Johnson, James Worthy and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, all of whom were part of the 1988 championship team, sent congratulatory tweets to the Dodgers. Johnson has been a part-owner of the Dodgers since 2012 and, in case you were wondering, his baseball tweets are as good as his basketball tweets.
Congratulations to Manager Dave Roberts and all of the @Dodger players for winning the World Series!! And congratulations to @coreyseager_5 for being named MVP of the World Series!— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) October 28, 2020
Way to go @Dodgers #WorldSeries Congratulations— James Worthy (@JamesWorthy42) October 28, 2020
Magic!! This is amazing and special - Los Angeles is the #CityofChampions so proud of you and the entire @Dodgers family. ➕ #2020Champs #Dodgers https://t.co/R6x4ZYiCrk— Jeanie Buss (@JeanieBuss) October 28, 2020
Seeing my teammate @magicjohnson enjoying the Dodgers victory brought me to tears & all the emotions of 1988 came flooding back when we were back to back champions in June & Oct of 88! ♥️ LA Does this mean that Magic is no longer a Detroit Tigers fan ? Lol ! pic.twitter.com/VwNkXu0VeN— Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (@kaj33) October 28, 2020
A few of the Lakers went beyond just a congratulatory tweet to the Dodgers organization, though. James, Johnson and Kuzma all shouted out Clayton Kershaw, who finally won his first World Series after years of postseason heartbreak. Kershaw was drafted by the Dodgers with the No. 7 overall pick in the 2006 MLB Draft.
Oh and yeah Put some RESPECT ON @ClaytonKersh22 name!! Now and FOREVER!!— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 28, 2020
Happy for @ClaytonKersh22— kuz (@kylekuzma) October 28, 2020
Tonight @ClaytonKersh22 silenced all of the critics by winning his first World Series!!!— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) October 28, 2020
Mookie Betts also got a few shout outs after he led the Dodgers to a World Series just a few months after they traded for him. Sound familiar? It should.
EVERY SINGLE CENT!!!!!! https://t.co/QIXlWiYpW9— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 28, 2020
Oh and @KingJames is the best basketball player in the world and @mookiebetts is the best baseball player in the world!!— Earvin Magic Johnson (@MagicJohnson) October 28, 2020
But as nice as celebrating on social media is, it’s clear the Lakers want to do more than just tweet, with the exception of maybe Johnson, who left his last job so he could tweet more.
Hell yea!!!! Congrats @Dodgers!!! Joint parade! Let’s get it!!! #LAYear— Danny Green (@DGreen_14) October 28, 2020
PARADE PARADE PARADE!!! *Safely with— LeBron James (@KingJames) October 28, 2020
What he said https://t.co/d1SThR5yzE— kuz (@kylekuzma) October 28, 2020
Unfortunately for everyone involved, there won’t be a parade (at least not a traditional one) for a little while because of the lingering threat of the coronavirus in the United States. That doesn’t mean we can’t still celebrate this moment in time; we just have to celebrate it a little differently and cautiously than we normally would.
And who knows? If we all do our part by wearing a mask and socially distancing, maybe there will be a parade sooner rather than later.
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