By Frank Ram
I've always been a big LA sports fan, rooting for all the local teams, but the Lakers have always been my team.
In the early 90's the Dodgers were on Fox11 an KTLA5, but the was just the road games and a few selected home games. The Rams were my football team, but left town in 1995 when I was only 8-years-old. I still rooted for them, but they were no longer a hometown team. The Lakers on the other hand had their road games on KCAL9 and their home games on Prime Ticket. I would watch nearly every game growing up with my dad from the time I was 4 or 5 till I was 18 and the whole Shaq and Kobe era fell apart in 2004.
Even after that, I still watched every game. Kobe was the player of my childhood and was still the player of my manhood until he retired in 2016. He joined the Lakers when I was 10, and was one of the few superstars in sports history to stay with one team throughout their career.
I'm so overwhelmed with joy knowing that even though he won't be there to accept the honor himself, he will forever be enshrined in the Basketball Hall-of-Fame.
Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan, two all-time greats that also played in Kobe's era, will be enshrined alongside Bryant in one of the most star-studded Hall-of-Fame classes in history. It's going to be a great night when enshrinement night does come and one more opportunity to play tribute to the GOAT, Kobe Bryant.
Fan Observer's Founder and Chief-of-Content. CSUSB Alumni. I want to thank the Good Lord for making me a Dodger Fan. Also a fan of the Lakers, Rams and USC. #FightOn! Runs marathons on the weekend.