When the Boston Celtics and the L.A. Lakers took the court for one of the first really meaningful games between the two since the 1980s, the Lakers looked the part, donning short shorts that harkened back to the high-on-the-leg shorts work by NBA players in the NBA's heyday.
The fans, by several accounts enjoyed it. Laker Lamar Odom took it in stride, telling the L.A. Times: "I think it's cool. It'll be fun for the fans too. I expect them to laugh maybe two to three minutes straight."
Of course, Kobe Bryant had to be a complete macho ass about it: "I don't know what it feels like to wear a thong, but I imagine it feels something like what we had on in the first half. I felt violated. I felt naked. It's one thing to see films with guys wearing those things." Violated? Naked? Are you kidding me? This guy has acted like a spoiled 16-year-old girl since the day he stepped foot on an NBA court, and he continues to disappoint. He wasn't in a Speedo or onion-skins. They were loose throwback shorts. Of course, just to feel like "real men," Kobe and his team all felt the need to wear long underwear that made them look ridiculous. A men's gots ta do what a men's gots ta do.
Kobe probably blames the loss on the shorts (or anything but himself). But the Lakers trailed by only 9 at the half, and the Lakers came out in their glorified skirts in the second half ... and at one point fell behind by 25. -Cyd Zeigler jr.