Feeling happy in L.A.

Lakers fan Eric Neel sees good things with Phil Jackson reuniting with Kobe and teaching Lamar Odom and Caron Butler a few things about winning basketball.

Updated: June 21, 2005, 10:51 PM ET
By Eric Neel | Page 2

Phil's at the podium explaining himself when the phone rings at my house.

"How do you feel about this? I mean as a fan?" my friend asks.

"I feel good," I say. "I mean, I feel bad about the beads and the crewneck-and-sport-coat combo, of course, but I feel good about the move. Real good. James-Brown-and-horns good."

First, I'm not hung up on the "Why L.A. again?" question. To me, it's obvious this is a whole new thing. The first time there was Shaq, and an expectation of titles ...

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