The Los Angeles Lakers have an extended historical past of success. With 17 Championships, and numerous superb moments, which can be, arguably, basketball’s most embellished and profitable franchise.
Nonetheless, the Purple and Gold know defeat — and maybe none worse than their 2008 Finals loss towards the Boston Celtics.
That collection was like a intestine punch to the group and its followers, to return so shut after which lose to their most hated rivals.
Throughout a latest interview, Pau Gasol (some of the distinguished members of that group) defined the aftermath of that loss, and the way Kobe Bryant motivated him, and the remainder of the group, to make the most effective of it.
“After we misplaced to the Celtics within the Finals and so they beat us within the Olympic finals in China in 2008, he got here within the subsequent preseason coaching camp and he introduced his gold medal to the locker room. He put it in my locker.
We misplaced the Finals final yr, which was very painful. You misplaced the Olympics towards us. Don’t enable your self to lose once more on this season. We gotta win the championship.’ That’s how he motivated me to step it up a notch that season.”
Kobe Bryant noticed each failure as a studying expertise. After that ’08 defeat, he, and his group, received higher — and received two straight titles within the subsequent two years.
Little doubt, the Mamba knew easy methods to lead, and it was one of many many qualities that made his profession so particular.