Fans who attended last nightÆs opener with the Clippers received Lakers t-shirts with those words. It was ring night for the Lakers, a night when the team raised their 15th NBA Championship banner above the floor at Staples Center. The 20-minute ceremony officially put last seasonÆs incredible performance to rest and marked the beginning of a new journey with the same goal in mind. Usually, it can be difficult for a team to put this type of ceremony behind them and actually focus on the start of that new journeyùtheir home opener. In both 2000 and 2002ùafter winning the previous seasonsÆ championshipsùthe Lakers lost both home openers. "The energy is difficult to muster (after such a ceremony),ö said Phil Jackson. ôA lot of it dissipates. You're reliving last year and not ready t ...
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