SOL REPUBLIC gave me a set of their Master Tracks headphones to 'test-drive'... and I have to say, I'm most impressed. I have a pair of Dead Mau5, and they're good... but they don't come close to the textured sound the Master Tracks deliver. The ear cushioning, the pivot system, the size of the speakers... all are simply fantastic.
I love 'em.
And I think that you will too. To win your very own set of SOL REPUBLIC Master Tracks, simply write down in the comment section who your all-time favourite Laker is. I'll choose one lucky winner to take home a pair of SOL REPUBLIC Master Tracks.
What could be easier than that?
Ok.. a very difficult decision, but I have to give it up to a Celtics fan who posted his favourite Laker!
brumbygg - contact me for information on how to get your master tracks!
Details on the way. It is the sign of a modern, more forgiving NBA when a Celtics fan can win a competition on a Lakers site!
I cut my NBA teeth on the Lakers v Celtics rivalry of the 80s. The Lakers were everything that my beloved Celtics were not and while I hated them for it, I had tremendous respect for what they brought to the court. I actually liked watching Magic, thought the skyhook was poetry and loved what Big Games James brought to the team. But, my favourite Laker of the era was the complete antithesis of the Boston Celtics. With his knee high socks, white wrist bands, sweet looking jump shot and the alley oop renamed the Coop-a-loop for him, Michael Cooper has always been my favourite Laker. Larry Legend rated Cooper as the best defender he faced and Larry Bird has never been known for handing out false praise to anyone he ever played against. Cooper was tall and thin and wore #21. I was tall for my age, painfully thin (man, that one has changed a lot!), wore #21 and played defense like my life and the lives of my teammates depended on it. I could relate. Despite my love for all things Boston green, I used to wear knee high socks in homage to the one Laker I thought was worth emulating. No other Laker has ever come close in my estimation.
I've always been an Orlando Magic fan, but the absence of Dwight Howard has sapped my interest in the team. I realize he's the reason why I continue to watch pro basketball instead of following and keeping up with the college teams. You know, even with March Madness on the way, I'll be watching Dwight grow as a Laker as they try to contend for a spot in the Western Conference playoffs. I love how he's guaranteed a double double grabbing upwards of 13 rebounds a game. He'll never reach the number of turnovers Kobe is averaging down this stretch. And even with his horrific free throw percentage, he can still score 25 from the line (see last night). He's my lifeline to the game and I can never let him go. Dwight Howard is my all-time favourite Laker.
Since I first moved to LA, at the age of 4, I have been a diehard Lakers fan. Growing up, I watched Lakers games instead of cartoons, staying up late at night to watch highlights with my dad; I think it's safe to say that I bleed purple and gold.
My all-time favorite Laker is a player that I have seen transform from an immature, self-centered brat to a hard-working, wise veteran. In fact, this man's work ethic is the reason why I look up to him, the reason why he's been my hero for so many years.
I remember while growing up my dad repeatedly saying, "success is 10% talent, 90% hard work." He would tell me stories about how hard work had gotten him so far in his career, and like a typical kid, I didn't pay much attention...until he would tell me that my favorite Laker worked hard too. My dad told me that this player arrived at the basketball court hours before the game to practice his shooting, drenched in sweat before the game even started, and that after the game he would hit the gym right away, lifting weights while all the other players had been back at their homes for hours. I was astonished. How could someone have so much work ethic and so much drive? How could someone want to win so much more than everyone else?
As time has passed, new stars have entered the league such as Lebron James and Kevin Durant, but I have yet to witness a player as motivated and hardworking as my favorite all-time Laker player: the 17-year veteran, the 15-time All Star, the 5-time NBA champion, the man they call the Black Mamba, the reason why I love basketball, the one and only Kobe Bean Bryant.
@JosiahYiu Hey Josiah - I hear you're friends with my cousin! Good stuff... great comment, and came very, very close.
I thought about this, and at first I thought the answer was obvious - but it's not Steve Nash. I like Laker Nash, just like I like Dallas Nash... but Phoenix Nash is the only version I truly love. He wasn't the same guy before, and he hasn't been the same guy since. So, the answer can't be Nash.
If not him, then who? Not Kobe - it's forbidden as a Suns fan, and Metta was the final nail in the coffin with that 2010 putback. Pau is affable in an Encino Man way, and Dwight's entertaining but just not 'right'.
Clearly then, it's not a current Laker. One of the three-peat Lakers? Nah. 90s? Eww. I think at this point it's starting to get predictable...
It's a showtime Laker, the man who changed the fortunes of the league itself. The one that caught my Dad's eye as his favourite basketball player; the precedent to everything that the league is today. In fact, 'a' showtime Laker is erroneous - it's THE showtime Laker. Without him, there is no showtime, no Celtics-Lakers rivalry, no comeback from near insolvency. It's not for the reasons many others that might respond to this would say - certainly, most would be actual fans of the team. But nonetheless, my favourite Laker of all time is Magic Johnson.
@MichaelSaunders I, too am a Suns fan (why the hell are we hanging out on a Lakers site then?!). Plus I'm Canadian, so Nash would be an obvious choice. Except I'm going with my favourite player growing up who became an All-Star when he played for the Lakers - the immortal Cedric 'Ice' Ceballos.