Opening night for the Lakers is traditionally a celebration, rife with hope and anticipation. It's a sold out crowd rising to its feet long before Lawrence Tanter's pregame introductions. Of Kobe Bryant and Jack Nicholson, and in a good year, ring ceremonies and title defenses.
But every year, it's about Jeffrey Osborne. For the last 28, his has been the smooth and sonorous voice singing the National Anthem before the first home game of the season. 29 was, far as I know, scheduled for Tuesday evening. Unfortunately, the lockout has taken away opening night, Tanter, and the Lakers. But it won't take Osborne. Not on our watch.
Scratch your J.O. itch here, people.
Opening Night: 2010
Opening Night: 2009
On the Wings of Love
Game 1, 2010 NBA Finals
Game 1, 2009 NBA Finals
God Bless America at a Dodger Game (lest you think he's a one trick pony of patriotic songs)
Game 4, 2008 NBA Finals