Four-time NBA champion Derek Fisher, flanked by Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Councilwoman Jan Perry and Police Chief William Bratton, had a message for Lakers fans and L.A. citizens:
Have a great deal of fun in Wednesday’s parade that celebrates the team’s 15th championship … Just not too much fun.
“We feel like we win with class, and when we win we enjoy it and like to celebrate, but we have a responsibility to do it in a way that’s respectful to our community,” said Fisher. “My message is that tomorrow we (celebrate) responsibly, safely and with other people in mind, not just ourselves. We don’t want to have one person or one small group of people ruin this opportunity for us to have a great day.”
Villaraigosa and Bratton, after praising the work of Fisher and his team, echoed the captain’s sentiment of safety in celebration.
“This team has always been a symbol of pride for the City of Angels,” said Villaraigosa. “This town deserves a championship team. This is going to be a great celebration … Let’s do it in a way that respects these champions.”
Villaraigosa added that the parade alone is expected to generate some $15 million for the local economy.