What a rollercoaster ride we had this season. First we start the season without Shaq due to foot surgery. Then the horrible start, we just couldn't seem to get our act together. For a while it looked as if we wouldn't even make the playoffs. Then Kobe goes on this incredible scoring exibition. We start off the new year starting to look as if we are going to make another run at a title. The run was so good we almost secured a 4th seed to give us homecourt advantage in the 1st round. Then we lose Rick Fox and Deavean George. It certainly was starting look bad for us, then Phil comes up with open heart surgery. Lastly, the shot that Laker fans will be talking about for years, the Horry rim out. What's my point? It's simple, all year it looked as if we were not going to win this year. We had several obstacles to overcome, and we did. Even though at times it looked as if we should have thrown in the towel, we just kept showing the champions heart that we have. We did not give up, we kept fighting even though it looked as if we were on mission impossible. Saying all that I am proud of the Lakers this year, they showed they want to win every year. Even though some players took grief from other fans of other teams for tears of sorrow, I appreciated those tears. Cause it shows these guys want to win. I am looking forward to next season, because I honestly feel this bump in the road is the begining of another 3peat. I see hunger from the guys and a new sense of urgency. I don't think we will see them take teams like the Bulls & Cavaliers for granted. I think this season was a lesson well taught and that this team will learn from it. Before I go I would like to say great season to the Lakers even though it was an unsuccessful one, and that we have no reason to hang our heads, cause we could have given up several times this year and didn't. I also would like to thank those true Laker fans who stuck by this team even though things did not work out as we anticipated this year. Finally I would like to congradulate the Spurs on taking out a great team. You were better than us this year, but we will be back-to-back-to back again soon!!!!