I had this odd feeling yesterday as I watched the Lakers grapple with the Oklahoma City Thunder.
It was deja vu.
And it wasn’t until this morning, after a night of Oscars hoopla, that I was able to pin point the origin of my deja vu experience.
When Shaq and Kobe were “the combo” and making a run to a three peat, there was a team that a thorn in their side. A good team. A young team. A team with a great home court advantage. But this team just was not good enough in the playoffs to knock the Lakers off their throne.
That team was the Sacramento Kings.
Oklahoma City is the new Sacramento and the Thunder is the new Kings.
When Oklahoma City is hosting the Lakers for a game, even a regular season game, there is a playoff feel to it. I am waiting for the Oklahoma City faithful to bring cowbells to games.
Oklahoma City is young, they have stars and they have tremendous home support. So did the Sacramento Kings.
And in the end all Sacramento could do is wonder what might have been. I think that is going to be the case for Oklahoma City as well.
At least for this year.
If the Lakers face Oklahoma City in the playoffs I know it will be a tough series. I would be surprised if the series didn’t go 7 games.
But I also know this, the Lakers will win. They will find a way like they did yesterday. They always do.
Because when you are winners, you win the games that to the naked eye you should not be in. And until proven otherwise, Oklahoma City is much closer to Sacramento than they are Los Angeles.
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Written by Donovan Williams
32 year-old sports fan who has the audacity to think that he could be good at this sports writing thing. I'll be honest. I'll be snarky. I'll be sarcastic. Maybe not in that order. It is my goal to ensure that my opinions will generate a response from you, dear reader. Good, bad or indifferent, I welcome your replies.