It's that time of year again! The NBA Playoffs have commenced and my favorite team in the whole wide world, the Los Angeles Lakers, has a 2 and 0 record so far. The playoffs are an exciting time and as expected, I couldn't be happier that the Lakers are playing to defend their title. I am nervous because this playoff season will be a battle for the Lakers but like any great fan, I know my team can pull through and win.
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I have been watching this team for years now and I have enjoyed seeing how the team has evolved. Ever since I became interested in the Lakers in high school, Kobe Bryant was a part of the team and its success. Some of the supporting characters have changed though. When I originally started watching it was all about Kobe and Shaq and the two were definitely a dominating duo. They won three championships (those were some good years!). But then Shaq left and I was disappointed because I didn't know how they would recover from that kind of loss. But they figured it out and instead of one huge guy in the center, the Lakers responded by putting two huge guys in the center and Gasol and Bynum (when Andrew is healthy) are a force to be reckoned with. For me it seems like Derek Fisher has always been a part of the team, even though he left for a few years and then returned. His name is synonymous with the Los Angeles Lakers almost as much as Kobe Bryant's name. Kobe is just beautiful to watch (even with a broken finger) and without a doubt he is one of the greatest NBA players of all time. I have enjoyed watching him mature over the years and become this strong leader and teacher for the rest of his teammates. Lamar Odom, who was inconsistent last year, has been so much stronger this year and is the only bench player I'm not repeatedly embarrassed by (specifically referring to you Shannon Brown who has not played with the same intensity since he bombed at the NBA Allstars earlier this year). Maybe marrying a Kardashian did Odom good. I particularly love Bynum (he has the cutest smile) and even though he is good now, he is so young (like younger than me even) and I think he will become so much better over the next few years. And Gasol, well, hopefully they never get rid of Gasol because that Spaniard is consistent and awesome.
Ok, see, clearly obsessed. So far this post has nothing to do with craftiness but that is all about to change. I am always looking for ways to show my Lakers pride, especially now during the Playoffs. Yesterday I quickly threw together this purple and gold garland so that everyone will know that we are Lakers fans. I think it adds a nice touch to our decor. I like that I can show my love for the Lakers but still in a cute, crafty way!!
The Lakers play again tonight in Oklahoma City for game 3. So you know exactly where I'll be at 6:30 pm. Go Lakers!