…ime got grabbed in the genitals by Reggie Evans, which is like the opposite of dating Tyra Banks). (Actually, did you know Chris Kaman was an All-Star once? That’s true. It happened in 2010. It’s wild to think about. Some guys who never were selected as All-Stars: Jalen Rose, Arvydas Sabonis, Mike Bibby, Lamar Odom.)
If anything, the city’s love for the Lakers became more pronounced — you could feel it every time a Clipper got booed at a Dodgers game, or every time a more famous NBA team passed through Clipperland and drew 6,000–7,000 fans. Nobody quit on the Lakers. They’ve been here since 1960. Jerry, Elgin, Wilt, Kareem, Magic, Worthy, Shaq, Kobe. Eleven titles. Dr. Jerry, Jack. Showtime. Lakers blood runs deep. Did they right the ship with Magic and Rob Pelinka and Lonzo? Maybe. But every Lakers fan believes in them again.