And thus the final link to the championship Lakers teams of the early 2000's is gone. I miss those days.
Devean was criminally underused in the last season, especially during the playoffs, since he was (as aforementioned) the only Laker other than Kobe with championship experience. I would have much rather seen the ball in his hands than Smush Parker's or Kwame Brown's.
I have to start my tradition a day early because I'll be on the road tomorrow preparing to run my first marathon. Tomorrow marks the beginning of NCAA basketball and the spectacle of "Midnight" Madness celebrations around the nation.