A Letter to you as a Lakers Fan in Denver.
Posted 5/18/2009 5:20:00 AM
With the NBA Western Conference Finals between the Nuggets and Lakers upon us, I wanted to make one thing crystal clear:

I am a Los Angeles Lakers fan…Unapologetic…Unwavering…Championship Minded.

So, before you ask, let me answer a few of your questions:

1) How long have you had that problem?

I have been a Lakers fan as long as I can remember. I was born in L.A. proper (At California Hospital…just blocks from where the Lakers currently play). I was raised most of my childhood in Inglewood. My Dad had Lakers season tickets before it was cool. I grew up in the shadow of the Fabulous Forum. I saw regular season, playoffs and even a Finals game there. I have said in the past that the prototype for the NBA logo, Lakers legend #44 Jerry West, cut my umbilical cord.

2) Well, that’s fine Kendall but shouldn’t you be rooting for the team in the city you live in?

No. That’s not to say I don’t respect what the Nuggets have done this season but I’m not going to jump on a team’s bandwagon just because I live a particular city. It is fine if you do that…but my fandom has DEEP ROOTS from my Grandmother, Father, Mother, Step-Mother, Aunts and Uncles, brothers, sisters, cousins, friends and wife. As a matter of fact, my classmates and I couldn’t even pay attention at my high school graduation because the Lakers were in the Finals and people kept trying to find out the score. The first date I had with my wife was courtside at a Lakers-Nuggets game!

Here’s a question: If you are a Broncos fan and have to move to Oakland or San Diego, are you going to all of a sudden start rooting for the Raiders or Chargers? It’s highly unlikely. So for those of you that say, “you’re in Denver now…” I say thanks for the update; I’m still rooting for the Lakers.

3) If you love your team so much, why don’t you make a radio bet on them?

That’s the reason why. I LOVE my Purple and Gold that much and I even hate to see them lose a meaningless preseason game. I’m not putting up cash, pride or even a $2 double cheeseburger as a bet…a team loss hurts me more than most things, whereas a win is an awesome pleasure…or sometimes just a relief so I can sleep at night.

So as the Lakers/Nuggets series goes on, I will promise
you this. I’m not a smack talker and I’m not a hater. I will call this thing as objectively as possible on the radio. I truly think that Chauncey Billups coming back home and putting the Nuggets on his back is one of the best stories in sports in a long time. I think Carmelo Anthony’s growth this season is phenomenal…Gold Medal win and all (Side note, I still have a soft spot for Melo leading my Syracuse Orange to the National Championship in 2003). The Nuggets making it to the NBA finals would be a feel good story for this state…something that hasn’t been possible since the Rockies World Series run a few years back.

HOWEVER, I AM rooting for MY team, THE Los Angeles Lakers.
It’s all about rings and I want the 10th one for my squad. This will be emotional for me. Lakers Basketball ranks right behind God, my wife and family, freedom and career as things that bring me joy in life (maybe an IN N OUT Double Double Cheeseburger fits in there somewhere close). Please don’t come at me with any mess. I may not be pleasant on days after the Lakers lose and I may have a twinkle in my eye on the days after they win. Simply said, don’t start none, won’t be none.

By the way, I was there as Nuggets Public Address announcer when the team won less than 20 games in 2002-2003 BC (Before Carmelo). I know many of you weren’t there then…Pepsi Center half full. I’ve been with the Lakers in the non postseason years…few as they may be…as well as the Championship runs. I’ve probably watched or listened to 90% of all Lakers game this season so I’ve been there for the start, the middle and up to now. I’m legit. I’m no fly by night Lakers fan. This goes back to Magic, Kareem, Worthy, Cooper and Rambis for me. Just like I said before, these are DEEP ROOTS.

So, I wish both teams the best. Let’s keep it clean and above board and let’s keep it real. Thanks for listening.

Kendall B.
Posted By: Kendall B  

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  1. Carrie posted on 05/18/2009 06:27 AM
    Kendall, I absolutely respect you and you keeping it real. I am a die hard Nuggets fan and have been for 20 years, through the good and the bad. Unfortunately you are going to get smack from some bandwagon fan and that sucks because those are the idiots who make our team look bad. The ones that boo when Kobe has the ball, whatever. I hope the Nuggets make your team sweat like they never had before and we seen champs go down before and will happen again... Good Luck
  2. pablo posted on 05/18/2009 06:52 AM
    omg kendall when in denver do as the denverians do
  3. G. Hall posted on 05/18/2009 10:26 AM
    Well spoken Kendall!!! A true fan is dedicated and classy. I can verify your allegiance to the purple and gold, after all, we grew up in LA together!!! I won't talk smack, but I will ask this one question? WHY do the fans in Denver still boo Kobe? Don't they know all that is doing is throwing the whole can of gasoline on his fire? Anyways...I'm looking forward to a great series and I hope it's a clean one. Good Job Kendall, your friends and family in LA are so proud of you!!
  4. Shane posted on 05/18/2009 10:51 AM
    I hope it's seven games and as great a series as any we have already seen in these play-offs! And (though Melo beat my Jayhawks in '03) I do hope the Nuggets win. Never loved the Lakers or Kobe but respect them...and I respect you. So if the Lakers win? So be it and I'll smile for you...just not as much...
  5. Paula posted on 05/18/2009 11:44 AM
    I respect that you are sticking with your team. It drives me nuts when people jump on the band wagon.
  6. Bangdangvn posted on 05/19/2009 12:02 AM
    wow KB I listen to you guys every morning, wouldn't think I would see you blog on the lakersblog! Best site ever...
  7. jay mills posted on 05/19/2009 01:53 AM
    i think it's ridiculous that a lakers fan is calling nuggets/lakers wcf games in denver. you should recuse yourself like a compromised judge. absolutely ridiculous. so, you're not going to trash talk. you're going to try to be objective. so what. we have to hear the twinkle in your eye nonetheless. hopefully there won't be an opportunity for that particular insulting tone in this series. lakers fans have a right to exist, don't get me wrong. but they should keep their heads low in D-town. not call games. that's all.
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