The day after the Lakers got a-bombed in Boston in Game 6 of the 2008 NBA Finals, I was driving through the Florida panhandle on my way home to Los Angeles. Thankfully, there were no Boston Celtics fans stationed that day along Interstate 10 at Mobile Bay.
Marc J. Spears of Yahoo reports that immediately subsequent to the Lakers getting their NBA Title hopes asploded by the C’s that season, “chaos quickly broke out around the Lakers.”
Boston Celtics fans had filled the streets to celebrate the franchise’s 17th championship, not far from a statue of longtime patriarch Red Auerbach smoking a victory cigar.
With traffic snarled and no police escort to take them to their hotel, the Lakers could do nothing but sit and stew. Before long, someone recognized Phil Jackson sitting in the front seat, and then the rocks began to fly. Revelers pelted the bus and shook it, mocking the Lakers at their lowest moment.
Now, I’m not doubting the veracity of the story, but it is an interesting coincidence that this story just comes out now. Quite an anecdote to save for two years.
Thankfully, I only had to wait one year to post this 2009 Tweet from celebrity Dog Whisperer Paul Pierce.
Will Pierce’s bite equal his bark?
Don’t know. But for Pierce’s sake, let’s just hope The Garden takes Fatburger off the menu. (1:05)