I wonder if the Lakers fans are on the brink of suicide...
No, not at all. I didn't expect much out of the Lakers this year and in fact trading Shaq and almost losing Kobe would've been thought of as the death knell of the franchise. I think a lot of Laker fans including myself would've been resigned into thinking we'd wind up like the Celtics, some 22 years removed from the championship with mediocrity sprinked all over. This season has been a pleasant surprise, with guys like Bynum, Farmar, and Vujacic improving to greater lengths compared to the last couple of years.
That said, I'm disappointed by the Game 6 effort. It was set to be a rubbish year and it ended in rubbish, but to a different extent. At the beginning of the year, this campaign would've projected to be rubbish in that the Lakers would never get anywhere. Right now, the season ended in rubbish because the Lakers emerged their successful selves again, but they fell short. There's no such thing as forgiveness in this town for losing despite all the good things the Lakers have done.
However, the future looks bright. I think much of it hinges on how Andrew Bynum comes back. It was a shame that he was in good form when he went down to injury and so again, I'd be guarded about his prospects of coming back and being as effective for next season. With a healthy Bynum, I don't think the Lakers would've been bullied from the outside, having a better suited presence in defending the paint than say, Pau Gasol, who's a far from physical player. Having Bynum in the lineup made a big difference in making strides to developing a better unit when it came to team defense, which was sorely lacking in the Finals.
So, congratulations Celtics fans, even to the die-hards who didn't go to Celtics games the last couple of years. The better team won.