As Laker fans wake up this morning, no matter how hard they try to brush the stigma of last nights collapse out of their blurried eyes, it will stay with them for the rest of their lives. This is the Don Nelson game for this generation and those of us who witnessed that game have never been able to forget it.
This was no ordinary collapse; it was the kind of collapse that will haunt you forever. No matter how big a lead you get, you will never feel safe again. To lose an 18 point lead late in the 3rd quarter is unforgivable, to lose it at home with the MVP doing nothing to staunch the bleeding until the game was tied was surreal.
I was lucky to be in the stands when the Lakers did this sort of turnaround against the Trailblazers on their way to the first Kobe/Shaq championship. It was the greatest sporting event I've ever witnessed and I was literally walking on air as I left Staples that afternoon and didn't give one thought to how the