The following article is a blog post contributed by Erik Allen. He is a guest contributor to Troy’s Thoughts on Sports. For more information, read the end of the post or learn more by clicking here. Without further ado, here’s the said post by Erik Allen that details the Kobe Bryant era that’s present with the modern, 2008-2009 Los Angeles Lakers:
The very first time I got to watch the LA Lakers was when my dad bought us Laker tickets in the 1979-80 season. I remember how I marvel at seeing Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Magic Johnson step onto the court together. Needless to say, I have been a loyal LA Lakers fan since then, and I buy Lakers tickets whenever I have a little extra money to spend. From the Showtime era of Magic Johnson to today’s team dominated by Kobe Bryant, the Lakers have gone through a lot of changes. Although Lakers roster for the 2008-09 season is very talented, the question is, do Kobe Bryant’s team has what it takes to match the success of Magic’s Lakers?
The Showtime era
When Magic Johnson was drafted to the Lakers in the 1979-80 season, he made an immediate impact on the team. His fancy passes and fast-paced style of play quickly helped the Lakers ticket booths and the Lakers team in general gain success. The Lakers’ playing style became known as “showtime”, which is why 1979 to 1989 is known as the “Showtime” era. In the Showtime era, the Lakers were able to win five NBA Championship titles. Millions of people bought LA Lakers tickets just to watch Magic Johnson play with other Lakers greats, such as James Worthy, AC Green, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
The Kobe era
When Kobe Bryant joined the Lakers in 1996, the impact that he had on the team was not as sudden as Magic Johnson’s. Although both players helped sell loads of Lakers tickets, it took Kobe three seasons before winning his first title with the Lakers, while Magic won a title during his rookie year. Since 1999 up to today, Kobe has helped the Lakers win three NBA Championship titles. The Lakers have built up a strong team to make a run for the NBA Championship title in the 2008-09 season. With Kobe Bryant in his 13th season on the Lakers, he may have enough left in the tank to match and perhaps even beat Magic Johnson’s five titles with the Lakers. I’d suggest that you get your tickets now to watch Kobe Bryant try to win his fourth NBA Championship title with the Lakers.
2008-09 season and beyond
For the 2008-09 season, the Lakers have a good mix of young players and veteran players on their roster. Andrew Bynum, Sasha Vujacic, Trevor Ariza, and Jordan Farmar only have four years of NBA experience or less, but already showed promise of becoming great NBA players. Kobe Bryant surely has a number of years left in the tank, since he’s only 30 years old. Pau Gasol, Lamar Odom, and Vladimir Radmanovic, three key players on the Lakers roster, have all been in the league for less than ten years. Not only does the 2008-09 season look good for the Lakers, but if the team can keep healthy they may be able to beat the five NBA titles the Lakers won during the Showtime era.
To watch the team in the 2008-09 season, lay your hands on some Lakers season tickets now. As for me, I know I’m gonna be buying LA Lakers tickets for years to come.
This guest post was written by Erik Allen, an avid fan of the LA Lakers since the 1990s. He enjoys live Lakers games whenever he gets a hold of cheap Los Angeles Lakers tickets.