In the NBA, the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics are two of the most popular franchises that boast of a long history of winning tradition.
The Lakers have won a total of 16 NBA championships, the most recent in the 2009 and 2010 seasons after defeating the Orlando Magic and the Celtics, respectively.
On the other hand, the Celtics were a dominant force from 1957 to 1969, winning eleven championships in a span of 13 years, including eight in a row (1959–1966). That, by far, is the longest consecutive streak of any North American professional sports team.
The Celtics own the most number of NBA championships with 17, the last happening in 2008 when the “green and white” led by its Big Three of Kevin Garnett, Paul Pierce and Ray Allen vanquished their arch rival Lakers led by Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol in six games in the Finals.
Both ball clubs are rich in championship tradition dating back to the 1940s for the “purple-and-gold” and through the 1950s and 1960s by the “green-and-white”. Their rivalry was rekindled when Magic Johnson came to the Lakers and Larry Bird arrived at the Celtics as rookies in 1979.
Magic and Bird revived the Celtics-Lakers rivalry during the 1980s, which eventually contributed to the popularity of basketball worldwide.
Talking about legacy, both clubs have one goal: to continue the winning tradition from one generation to another.
From George Mikan to Wilt Chamberlain, to Kareem-Abdul-Jabbar and then to Shaquille O’Neal as well as Pau Gasol, the Lakers had a legacy of great superstar big men that patrolled the shaded lane and were instrumental in helping the franchise win titles.
Looking at these two proud NBA franchises, we can learn a lot about legacy.
In fact, I’ve got a series of questions that we need to consider every day to make sure we’ve got a legacy to leave to the people most dear to us before we die:
- What is my legacy going to be? Is it just earning paycheck after paycheck and work, work, work? How about my family? My wife and my kids?
- What principles do I live by every day that I need to impart to my children? Are they just a side issue to me?
- What actions must I take every single day to set a lifelong (lasting) example for my children?
- How can I better improve my leadership as a husband and as a father as I lead my family?
- And finally, what do I need to leave behind for others who follow?