Los Angeles Lakers Celebrate Second Straight NBA Title With L.A Parade

Tens of thousands of Los Angeles Lakers fans lined up along a two-mile stretch of road in downtown L.A. on Monday (June 21) — most rocking the team’s purple and gold colors — to celebrate the 2010 NBA champs’ second consecutive title.

From an 18-wheel flatbed truck, the team’s players — including stars Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol, Derek Fisher, Andrew Bynum and Ron Artest — waved to the crowds as fans yelled and snapped pictures, while others waited hours just to catch a glimpse of their hometown heroes.

The only Lakers not present was coach Phil Jackson, who the Associated Press said had previously scheduled medical checkups.

It was an hour-long ride through the city, which included a convoy of double-decker buses and fire engines, capping a hard-fought NBA Finals that culminated with a victory over the Boston Celtics on Thursday (June 17) in a Game 7.

While the Lakers’ players are definitely basking the glory of their 16th NBA title, they say next season they will play just as hard for a 17th.

“When next season starts, we’ll be ready, that’s for sure,” Bryant told reporters.

Kobe has five titles under his belt, but says: “this is the best one by far because it was the hardest one to get.”

“We have to party for another week, then start putting in the work and write history again next year,” said Ron Artest, who won his first ring this season.

From flags to tees to hats and/or sneakers, the Laker pride was of epic proportions. Many fans took the day off of work just to attend the Lakers Parade.

Unlike the night of the Game 7 victory, the parade went smoothly said police. Only seven people were arrested and they were for minor offenses. On Thursday evening, there were fires, smashed windows, and fights … with 42 people being arrested, according to reports.

Next season, the Lakers will go for a three-peat. It would be Kobe’s second and coach Jackson’s fourth.

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