By Michael Dorausch, D.C.

Ok, so I was out of my LA Chiropractic office today but I had good reason. Today, the Los Angeles Lakers celebrated their third consecutive NBA championship with a triumphant parade through a purple-and-gold sea of screaming fans. The parade basically results in all the streets around downtown Los Angeles being closed to through traffic so there is not much to do other than get outside and have some fun. And fun we had!

I took many photos this year, and yes to those who requested more photos of the Lakers Cheerleaders, we got those too. Since this was my 3rd Lakers Parade experience I thought I’d know where to be in order to get great up close photos for those of you that wanted them. My preparation paid off as first Shaquille O’Neal, followed by Rick Fox, and then Kobe Bryant, each appeared right before me.

Lakers Shaquille O'Neal 2002

Photo: Los Angeles Lakers player¬†Shaquille O’Neal holds up 3 fingers during parade in downtown Los Angeles

Photos are not the greatest quality, as I took them with my digital camera while players and cheerleaders passed by on LA fire trucks. Still some great shots, considering the circumstances of hundreds of thousands of fans filling the streets, and me having limited time for getting photos taken.

Rick Fox Gives Thumbs Up

Rick Fox gives a Thumbs Up to the crowd

The Lakers won their third NBA championship in a row Wednesday, completing a four-game sweep over the New Jersey Nets. I have many more photos besides what got posted here. I’ll post them all to a directory online for those of you that may want to download them. Have a great weekend and congratulations Los Angeles Lakers!!!

Rick Fox Lakers Trophy

Rick Fox holds up the NBA Championship trophy for the crowd, it was a wild day in downtown Los Angeles.

Lakers Kobe Bryant Photo: Kobe Bryant on Bus

In the above photo, Kobe Bryant (like Shaq) also displays 3 fingers to the crowd. I may post the video that goes with this image. If I do I’ll update with a link here.

Lakers Cheerleaders

Los Angeles Lakers Cheerleaders rode atop a Los Angeles City Fire Department vehicle during the parade. One cheerleader can be seen waving to the crowd in this photo capture.