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Tribute to the Enemy: A Lakers Fan Laments the Celtics’ NBA Finals Absence

Published by on June 5, 2009
Article Source: Bleacher Report - NBA

Let's get this out of the way right of the bat: I am a Lakers fan. Have been one since I started watching basketball as a kid. That means I hate the Celtics with a passion.

When Kevin McHale clotheslined Kurt Rambis, the only reason I did not unleash any swear words was because there were none in my vocabulary. During the lean post-Bird era, I kept a watchful eye on the Celtics, believing they might rise from the grave like Stephen King's Carrie.

Last season, my fears finally materialized, when McHale of all people gifted the Celtics with Kevin Garnett, one of the players I wanted most on the Lakers roster. Preceding that blockbuster trade, of course, was the acquisition of probably the best...

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