The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the greatest sporting franchises of all-time, and hearing someone acknowledge this isn’t shocking at all; it’s a regular occurrence. However, it’s a little different when the guy handing out the praise used to be the head coach of the Lakers’ arch rival, the Boston Celtics, who also subsequently missed out on a second ring in 2010 after the purple and gold defeated his squad in seven games. It’s also a little strange to hear such high praise from a guy who is now the leader of the Lakeshow’s cross-town rivals, the Los Angeles Clippers.
Nevertheless, Doc Rivers spoke the truth during an interview with Yahoo! Sports:
[pullquote]”The risk is all mine,” Rivers, 51, said. “To go to an organization that hasn’t won but [two] playoff series in their entire history, in a town where the other team is the best franchise in sports history – that’s risk.[/pullquote]
The Lakers have sixteen NBA championships while the Celtics have seventeen, however, ten of the Lakers’ most recent rings have come since 1980, while the Celtics have won just four titles since then. The Lakers also have 31 conference titles in comparison to the Celtics’ 21.
The debate could obviously go on forever, but the Lakers seem to have not only created a winning tradition through multiple decades, but also appear to have a larger fan base around the world.
Rivers will get his first crack at the “best franchise in sports history” on the opening night of the 2013-14 NBA season on October 29.
H/T Mass Live