Los Angeles Lakers Championship Parade: Moment of Silence for the Champions

June 21st, 2010 by Ian Chaffee Leave a reply »
"We came, we saw, we conquered everything in sight. Moment of silence for the champions."

—Ron Artest, "Champions"

"Life moves pretty fast. You don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." 

—Ferris Bueller, Ferris Bueller's Day Off

Today, approximately 65,000 people lined the streets of Los Angeles to participate in what has become an annual tradition here, the kind of tradition fans in cities like Philadelphia, New York, Salt Lake City and Portland wait their entire lives for—an NBA championship parade.

The parade was a more muted celebration than in years past.

Maybe the fans had already exerted themselves in the traditional postgame automobile torchings.

Or maybe it was because the city wasn't footing the tab for this year's parade like they did last year's, so there was no staging area as in years past. Well, at least our mayor had good seats to the games this season, so not everyone's hurting.

Maybe it's because one of their leaders, Phil Jackson, was absent for a medical appointment that could prolong his absence into retirement next seaso ...

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