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What is the Fanatical Allure of Los Angeles as an NBA City?: Fan’s Perspective
One of the constants in pro sports is that nothing is constant. Players' skills begin to erode in their early 30s. Career-ending injuries can happen at any time. Even star players can be traded or released at a moment's notice. Players know all of this. That's why I don't blame them for trying to make as much money as they can.
However, NBA players who call Los Angeles home are a different species. In the last few months, I have seen several great NBA players either go to extraordinary lengths to land in Los Angeles or enter into clinical depression after leaving the City of Angels. Is it really that great in L.A.? Should I move there, too?
Actually, I already live in LA (Louisiana). Naturally, all of us in New Orleans knew that Chris Paul wanted out. We thought he wanted to play with his pals in New York. But when he was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers, that made a lot of sense. Playing with Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles would give Paul the opportunity to win an NBA title.
However, NBA Czar David Stern nixed the trade and the Hornets sent Paul to the Clippers. The most shocking news to me though was when Paul opted in for the 2012-13 year on his contract. In other words, he wanted to play for the Clippers! The Hornets have been much better than the Clippers. But Paul was happy playing in Los Angeles.
The first fallout of the Paul non-trade was Lamar Odom. The Lakers valuable sixth man was one of the pieces being shipped out of Los Angeles for Chris Paul. Now that the trade was off, Odom could stay in Los Angeles and continue living his charmed reality show life with his famous wife Khloe Kardashian.
However, the thought of the Lakers not wanting Odom devastated him so much that he demanded a trade anyway. We're talking about an NBA bench player! My goodness, Peyton Manning was cut and he handled it better than this! With the Dallas Mavericks, Odom has been a disaster and his desire to play NBA basketball seems to be gone.
Well, I simply thought that Odom was an extreme case and there couldn't be another NBA player that emotionally attached to Los Angeles. Imagine my surprise when I awoke this morning and saw that Derek Fisher had still not reported to the Houston Rockets after the Lakers traded him away from Los Angeles.
Fisher is an NBA veteran. And from everything I've heard he's a great citizen and an intelligent man. For him to also be pouting about leaving Los Angeles is just too much for me. Granted, I don't know the details yet. Maybe he got a flat tire. Maybe his alarm clock didn't go off. But there must be something magical about the NBA in Los Angeles.
Maybe I should give up trying to understand it and just embrace Los Angeles. Maybe I should just move from LA to L.A. Maybe I should try hanging out with Jack Nicholson at Lakers games instead of Will Ferrell at Hornets games. If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!
Patrick Michael was born in New Orleans and currently resides in the Big Easy. A loyal New Orleans NBA fan, Patrick was a diehard New Orleans Jazz fan and now cheers for the Hornets. Patrick was in the New Orleans Arena the night the Hornets were one win away from the Western Conference Finals.
"Fisher doesn't join Rockets; ends games streak," yahoo.com
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