When you boo the Celtics, you boo Los Angeles.

June 10, 2008 at 3:00 pm in Sports

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Lamar Odom is donating proceeds from
these t-shirts to under-privileged children.

Toward the end of Sunday night’s Lakers-Celtics game, a gang of Lakers fans decided to attack a handful of brave Celtics fans wearing the Boston jerseys. LAist has a rundown of the mayhem, including video. I don’t think most Angelenos find this behaviour tolerable, but few I doubt find it surprising. These are Lakers fans after all. And sure, the Celtics-Lakers rivalry is a classic, but for good reason:

Los Angeles is a Celtics town

Where are the green and white car flags preparing to celebrate the hometown boys win tonite at the NBA Finals? Yes, I’m talking about the Celtics, and yes, I’m talking Los Angeles.

Celtics #50 Eddie House played 60 games with the Los Angeles Clippers in the ‘04/’05 season, and head coach Doc Rivers was also a Clipper man between ‘91 and ‘92.

#44, Brian Scalabrine earned his social science degree while playing with the USC Trojans.

Both #13 Gabe Pruitt and #34 Paul Pierce call Los Angeles their home town – Pruitt, played at Westchester High before going to USC where he still holds the record for the most three pointers, and Pierce grew up in Inglewood:

“I feel like a little kid,” said Celtics forward Paul Pierce, who grew up in L.A. and used to sneak into the Lakers’ home arena. “Now I understand that, hey, I’m going to be a part of history. This is something I grew up watching, the Laker-Celtics rivalries.” [Associated Press]

And finally, Lakers forward Luke Walton is the offspring of basketball great Bill Walton who led two different teams to defeat L.A.’s championship plans – with the Portland Trailblazers in 1977, and again in 1985 with the Boston Celtics (it probably also burned that before the season began, the Lakers turned down his offer to play with them).

Looking for a friendlier rivalry?

CBS WBZTV in Boston compares Beantown to the City of Angels. CBS 2 in Los Angeles fires back.

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