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Tuesday, July 20, 2004
Vlade to the Lakers

By Steven Taylor @ 9:02 am

So reports the LAT: Lakers Turn to an Old Favorite.

While I have been a Spurs fan since 1991ish, I had followed the Lakers from the mid-1980s until the early 90s (when I returned to Texas for grad school). Vlade was a Laker at the end of that period of time, and so this is a real blast from the past. Not a bad move for the Lakers, I suppose, but he is 1) old and 2) no Shaq. I will say that he had a decent run in Sacramento.

For those who wonder as to my basketball fickleness: I didn’t grow up watching the NBA (gee, whiz, the Dallas Mavericks were a new team when I was a kid, and the team we got on tv, and they used to stink back then. Plus, my Dad watched baseball, football and golf only back then, so the NBA was never on at our house). However, when we moved to SoCal in late 1983, we started watching the Lakers (the old Lakers: Kareem, Magic and Harold Kurt Rambis in those black glasses). However, once I moved back to Texas, I got the Spurs games and ended up converting. The Lakers were about to fall apart and David Robinson’s Spurs were simply move appealing.

I guess if one doesn’t acquire one’s sports loyalties at a very early age, it is easier to switch. I would never depart from my beloved Cowboys (and I remember rooting for them at like 4 years of age, or even younger), and I even maintain my loyalty to the Rangers (who are having a surprisingly good season this year). However, I didn’t solidify my college football loyalties until I went to UT for grad school.

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  1. That’s Kurt Rambis… :)

    Comment by Doug — Tuesday, July 20, 2004 @ 10:37 am

  2. You know, when I read that over, I thought it looked wrong-I was mixing Harold Ramis of Ghostbusters into my memories ;)

    Thanks for the correction.

    Comment by Steven — Tuesday, July 20, 2004 @ 10:48 am

  3. We’re moving from Texas (the Dallas area) to Columbia, MO. As it’s in the center of the state, and has no major-league sports, I keep getting asked if I’ll root for the Cards or Royals. I tell them I’ll root for the Rangers.

    When they ask if I’ll root for the Rams or the Chiefs, I tell them I’ll root for the Cowboys.

    You can take the boy out of Texas, but can’t take Texas out of the boy. :-)

    I could see rooting for the St. Louis Blues in the future. I didn’t grow up rooting for the Stars (they were in Minnesota). We did have minor league hockey (the Dallas Blackhawks were a great show while they lasted), but nothing that would give me a present-day rooting interest.

    Comment by Tom — Thursday, July 22, 2004 @ 7:51 am

  4. Ain’t that the truth ;)

    Comment by Steven — Thursday, July 22, 2004 @ 9:14 am

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