The National Basketball Association’s marquee match up starts tonight. The two most celebrated teams in NBA history, the Celtics and the Lakers, battle for yet another championship. While the Celtics dominate their head to head competition (winning 8 of 10 championship series), their overall titles are rather tight. Boston has claimed sixteen crowns, to the Lakers’ fourteen titles. Echoes of Bob Cousy, Bill Russell, and Larry Bird may haunt the Lakers when the series starts in the Boston Garden. Surely, legendary Lakers like Elgin Baylor, Jerry West and Magic Johnson will be cheering on the Lakers when the series arrives in the Staples Center for games 3, 4, and 5.
Who are you cheering for? My partner on Purple State of Mind, John Marks, resides in Massachusetts. He is surrounded by a sense of history, a connection to the origins of America, from the Boston Tea Party to Paul Revere. Where do I sit? In the City of the Angels, pulling for the Lakers' purple power.