How long does it take you to move on from a Lakers championship season?
This isn't a foreign concept to me. I know how the sports world operates. And I'm aware that everything that happens in life seems so fleeting and temporary.
It struck me, however, seeing how quickly everything unraveled after the Lakers won the 2010 championship. I witnessed first-hand the Game 7 excitement, the locker room champagne baths and of course, Ron Artest's unforgettable press conference. Days followed with the Lakers' championship parade, post-title parties and exit interviews. It all happened so quickly within that week-long stretch that there really wasn't much time to think about and process everything that happened.
Once the NBA draft and free agency began, the business approach crept back. Everything I covered involving the Lakers immediately shifted from reflective and celebratory events to ones involving the future. That's how sports works. And the fact that the Lakers immediately shifted gears so quickly reflects the mark of a well-run organization.
But I'm wondering what the process entails for a Lakers fan. How long do you soak in the taste of victory? How long do you relish the journey that resulted in a Lakers championship? When do you feel it's time to move on? I'm sure the answers will vary as it does with the Lakers' roster. For example, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum immediately went into rest mode. Lamar Odom quickly shifted gears to USA basketball. Derek Fisher and Shannon Brown focused on their financial future with free agency. Phil Jackson measured his health and stamina. And Artest? Well, he's probably still celebrating.
There's only a few days left before Saturday, so I thought it'd be good to get this feedback before everyone wants to completely move on from the 2009-2010 title run.
-- Mark Medina
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Photo: Bryan Fisher of Corona, center, and others Lakers fans watch Game 7 of the NBA Finals at the ESPN Zone in downtown Los Angeles. Credit: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times.