No matter where your allegiances may lie, you must admit that the Los Angeles Lakers are a high-class organization. Well, maybe not the part where their owner prefers to date several women a third his age, but all the other stuff. The beautiful arena, the celebrity fans, the special Sunday whites — it’s all very regal.
Included in that feel of pageantry is the fact that the Lakers are usually very good and typically play a style of basketball that encourages aesthetic beauty. Those things certainly help. Other teams can be just as good, but the way the team and the franchise carry themselves is what makes them the Lakers. (It’s also, let’s not forget, the reason why opposing fans tend to hate the Forum Blue and Gold.)
Being the best is so ingrained in the Lakers’ culture that it even filters down to their players’ reactions to win. Just check out what Derek Fisher had to say after Los Angeles’ latest win over the Timberwolves.
“The way we played tonight was irresponsible and it was reckless and it was disrespectful,” Fisher said. “I can’t get any clearer than that. There was an air of complacency, of arrogance, of ‘we don’t have to play as hard as the other team to win’ that I didn’t like tonight.”
Sorry for finding that hilarious, but it very much reminds me of something Hunter Hearst Helmsley would have said before he became Triple H. Very aristocratic of Derek Fisher to look down upon his team’s victory as arrogant, reckless and disrespectful. I imagine he did so while peering through a gold-rimmed monacle.
Nonetheless, it’s kind of neat to hear a basketball player admit that his team didn’t respect one of their opponents and have it come out complimentary. Fisher realizes that the Lakers didn’t take the T-Wolves seriously and that it almost came back to haunt them. That he did so in a very blue blood manner is just gravy on the cake.
Or, as Derek Fisher would probably say, caviar on the Mother of Pearl spoon.