I do a lot of random stuff throughout my day on the internet. I go from watching World Star videos, Breakfast Club interviews, to looking up words or phrases on UrbanDictionary.com I learned while watching said World Star videos and Breakfast Club interviews. For some reason I looked up the word squad today and this is what it said, “crew, posse, gang: an informal group of individuals with a common identity and a sense of solidarity.” If you ask me, this is what you have with this years Lakers squad. You have more than teammates out there, you have a bunch of guys who act like brothers that have bought in to one common goal: to get better night in and night out.
I fell in love with this Laker squad on Friday night against the Miami Heat all over again. During the game Goran Dragic of the Heat and Jordan Clarkson of Los Angeles got tangled up briefly, a few seconds after the altercation Clarkson shoved Dragic so hard you figured he said something about his momma. Clarkson then proceeded to stand over Dragic and make it be known who the Alpha-Male was in this situation. As Dragic got up from the floor he must have said something disrespectful because Clarkson threw his hands into the, “say something else and imma smack you into next week,” stance.
It was at that time that I’ve never been prouder to be a Lakers fan. Forget the 16 NBA titles. Forget the greats who have worn the coveted Lakers jersey. Forget the history of the franchise. When Jordan Clarkson threw his hands up like he was back in San Antonio, TX, I gained a level of respect for the type of culture this team has began to develop. Now, the benches didn’t clear. Nobody punched anybody, the Lakers didn’t go acting crazy. What they did was simply sent a message, you mess with us, get ready for war. Once the initial scuffle was broken up Julius Randle went to let the other Heat players know that they didn’t want these problems. Randle proceeded to get in James Johnson’s‘ face and then the other 4 players on the court for Miami at the time.
Call it what you want but those are the teammates I want on my team. I want a guy on my team who at a drop of a hat runs to my side regardless of the situation. I know some people reading this right now are saying that conflict doesn’t solve anything, to those people I say shut the hell up. I’ll take teammates who are willing to take on the whole opposing team for me opposed to a guy who wants to “talk” it out on the floor.
You see, when you go through tough times and low points together, the high times are that much sweeter. You remember the heart ache and struggles you had to overcome to get to where you are. You learn who your true boys are, they’re the ones who started with you when you had nothing. Eventually you learn to be thankful for everything you’ve gone through and the people you experienced the journey with. President Obama speaking about First Lady Michelle Obama tonight during his Farewell speech made it very clear that there is nothing more important than having someone to watch your back 24/7 in order to be successful. Times like these will only make the Lakers a better team in the long run.