So today at work I was talking basketball and history explaining to a co-worker the baby blue banner in Staples Center hung by the Lakers and how they consider those championship years back in Minny as legitimate and was surprised to discover that he didn't know that the first five titles weren't even won in LA. For all the brag and show-boating I don't understand how a franchise can be so barbaric and claim championships without ever properly acknowledging those players that were responsible for them. To this day it's a shame that George Mikan's (or the other players of his team for that matter) ever had a rightful retiring ceremony. But Wilt Chamberlain who wasn't even on Russell's level championship-wise could get his # retired. It's sad really. Whenever they speak about the LA titles they really want people to believe that five not won in that city really count and IMO they shouldn't because they aren't even individually hung. It's all a sham to be near our 17 banners and I'm sick of the disrespect towards Mikan's crew. Didn't Jack Kent Cooke, the first LA owner, wanted to dismiss those five championships? Didn't Jerry Buss even? Why when the Lakers do something that they stole (like the Celtic pride Bill Sharman taught Jerry West's crew to finally win an LA title, or the Red Auerbach fast-break play system that Riley straight up robbed off of) they get praised? Are they ever going to reveal how hollow and fake the Lakers franchise has been for all this time? What competition did Magic's Showtime Lakers had that they went to nine Finals? To me that's cruising through a weak conference (much like the Heat now). I wish for once the Celtics got the respect they deserved in the media and stop talking about Lakers this or Lakers that.