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Top 5 Rivals in Lakers History Reviewed by Momizat on . The famous American sociologist Charles Cooley once said that “the most effective way of utilizing human energy is through an organized rivalry”.  And if you as The famous American sociologist Charles Cooley once said that “the most effective way of utilizing human energy is through an organized rivalry”.  And if you as Rating:
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Top 5 Rivals in Lakers History

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The famous American sociologist Charles Cooley once said that “the most effective way of utilizing human energy is through an organized rivalry”.  And if you ask NBA commissioner David Stern, I’m sure he would agree that great rivalries have made for a very “effective” and successful league.

Arguably, the Lakers have created bigger and more talked about rivalries than any other team in the NBA.  After all, you don’t win 16 NBA championships and 31 conference titles without ruffling a few feathers and making a couple of enemies along the way.

Who can forget the hard close line delivered by Kevin McHale to Kurt Rambis during the 1984 Finals?  Or Phil Jackson’s “cow-town” comment during an emotional playoff series against the Sacramento Kings?  And promises to fans like the one Paul Pierce made during game 2 of this year’s finals, by shouting out to L.A. fans, “we ain’t comin’ back to L.A.”!

Hey Pierce…what a waste of “human energy”!

So who are the top 5 Lakers rivals of all time?  Not an easy question to answer, but here now is my take…

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  • nick

    the series in 2000 was 5 games

  • nick

    the series in 2000 was 5 games

  • hig

    One correction…the burning Lakers jersey was on center court and condoned by the Maloofs. THAT is one reason why the Laker faithful dislike the Kings org. and why they’re thought of as bush-league. Another one was booing Horry when he went down with an injury. Low class Sact…low class. (Not that I would expect anything different.)

  • hig

    One correction…the burning Lakers jersey was on center court and condoned by the Maloofs. THAT is one reason why the Laker faithful dislike the Kings org. and why they’re thought of as bush-league. Another one was booing Horry when he went down with an injury. Low class Sact…low class. (Not that I would expect anything different.)

  • http://twitter.com/curlette818 curlette

    and don’t forget about the the sixers fans and the whole philadelphia hatin on the lakers, especially their hometown boy kobe. they don’t like him there. it’s their loss.. whatever.

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