Lakers Bring It, Make It 3-2

Left my niggaz house paid
Picked up a girl been tryin to do since the twelfth grade
It’s ironic, I had the blunt she had the chronic
The Lakers beat the Supersonics

Man, I loved the Seattle Supersonics. The song above is from Ice – Cube‘s ‘It Was A Good Day‘, when back in the day his rhymes were fine, and I would envision in my mind a GP shovel pass to a Shawn Kemp, usually ending in a spectacular dunk like you wouldn’t believe. I even bought GP’s jersey, not the newer crap with the gay comic design, I got the old simple version with the green and yellow. It was the only jersey I ever shelled P500 bucks for. Believe me that was a small fortune for me in those days.

Nowadays they’re known by the somewhat blasé name of Oklahoma City Thunder, and I don’t really know what to make of that, primarily because they’re so new the team hadn’t had a chance to make an identity for themselves yet.

At least until Game 4. I’ll tell you right now, I’ve never been as inspired this year until I saw Oklahoma (still doesn’t sound as exciting as Sonics, sorry), bring it to Kobe’s Lakers. Durant was his usual amazing self, but I think it was the crowd more than anything. Dressed all in white they were the definition of ‘sixth man’, and you could feel the game way over here.

And the amazing thing is, whilst I bewail the fact that gone are my beloved Sonics, I realize now what I was watching was Durant making his own legend. There he was making a pass, scoring a three, ending a play with a thunderous dunk, and in Game 4, beating the Mighty Defending Champions, by way of a rout (89-110) at that.

Kobe of course had something to say about that, and this game he brought it home at home.

But it didn’t hardly feel as exciting as Game 4. Watching the Lakers dismantle the Thunder (still doesn’t sound as cool as ‘Sonics’), was like watching an expert mechanic at work, tearing apart an engine using this tool and that. While amazing (Gasol (13 pts), in particular, scored successive layups on amazing Kobe assists), it didn’t have me glued to the tube from start to end as Game 4 did.

Durant is really something special. Kenny Smith says he’ll be the ‘best player in the NBA in 3 years‘ or something to that effect, something I’m not particularly sure of (define ‘best’), but for sure he’s got the goods.

And if he’s good enough, maybe I wont hear the words ‘Oklahoma City Thunder’, and automatically think ‘Sonics’ sounds way cooler anymore.