This is an updated repost. I originally wrote this before the Lakers "won" their bubble championship*
Question for you. If for some bizarre reason the Chicago Bulls moved to Las Vegas, or the Pittsbirgh Steelers moved to Oklahoma City, or for a more realistic one, if the Florida Marlins moved to Nashville, would you ever consider them taking their respective 6, 6, and 2 World Championships with them?
Would you expect those newer, relocated franchises to celebrate those past championships by hanging banners in their new digs?
Would you expect those new fanbases to walk around flashing the famous Jordan "6 rings" hand sign at the haters?
No. You wouldn't.
Because you have integrity.
New city, new digs, new fans, new team. They didn't earn shit.
Why then, do we allow the city of frauds (LA) to claim championships that were won in Minneapolis?
Don't even get me started on the Lakers being unoriginal enough to think up a new name when they moved to LA in 1960, and keep the name that represented their home state of Minnesota's nickname "The Land of 10,000 Lakes." (Lake Facts, where you at?)
Look at this shit -
This hangs right in their rafters at the Staples Center. And these posers still try to pass these off like they won them.
Fun fact - did you know the Minneapolis Lakers didn't even win all 5 of their championships in the NBA? Two of them were won in the National Basketball League (NBL), and the Basketball Association of America (BAA). Yet they still count them in their "17".
So this whole next week while we hear non-stop talk about the Celtics trying to separate themselves from the pretenders by winning banner #18 remind whoever is misinformed that it's in fact 12 titles for the Lakers. Not 17. (Some would even argue its actually 11, not 12 because the "bubble championship" doesn't count.)
This is what 17 true banners look like.
p.s.- Fuck the Lakers. And hey Los Angeles, if you're gonna claim Minneapolis' achievements as your own, then retire George Mikan's number already assholes. (DePaul's finest)
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