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”Jerry West and Elgin, Lakers could never beat that team so that was the fun part” — Michael Cooper picks the championship win that “tasted the best”

Growing up as a die-hard Laker fan, Cooper always wanted to see LA beat the Celtics. And when they eventually mauled the C's for the first time in history in 1985, Coop said it was the one that “tasted the best”
Los Angeles Lakers guard Michael Cooper

Michael Cooper

The epic rivalry between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Boston Celtics is still considered the greatest in the league’s history. The Lakers and the Celtics clashed in the finals 12 times, so you can be sure the players who played for the storied franchises have a lot to say about the rivalry. One of them was former Laker and 1987 Defensive Player of the Year Michael Cooper.

Beating the C’s was the sweetest

In just his second season with the Lakers, Cooper already copped his first NBA title. For most NBA champs, the first chip is the sweetest. But not for Coop.

According to Cooper, growing up as a die-hard Laker fan, he always wanted to see LA beat Boston. So when he finally became a Laker himself, beating the C’s in the Finals has always been one of his goals. And when they eventually mauled the Celtics for the first time in history in 1985, Coop said it was the one that “tasted the best.”

“’85 was probably the best for me,” Cooper told OPOstories when asked which of his championship wins tasted the best. “I like that because it was the first time we were able to defeat the Boston Celtics and being a Laker fan, Boston was always the team we had to beat. And watching them over the years, they always beat the Lakers.

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Coop has a point

While Cooper doesn’t really hold a grudge against the Celtics, we could understand why he feels that the 1985 championship was the best for him.

For those who don’t know, the Lakers have met the Celtics in the finals eight times prior to 1985. And in all of those duels, the C’s always got the better of the “Purple and Gold.”

In 1987, the Lakers faced the Celtics in the finals again, and LA prevailed again. It took 21 years before the C’s got their revenge as the legendary Big 3 of Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Ray Allen brought back the championship in Boston, beating Kobe Bryant and the Lakers in the process. 

In 2010, the Lakers stole another title from the Celtics in a hard-fought seven-game series. It was the last time LA and Boston met in the Finals, but Lakers and Celtics faithful know that at some point, they will square up once again. If the Lakers get Kyrie, it could be sooner than later. 

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