Monday, June 15, 2009

Lakers celebrate another title with downtown parade

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- More than a half-million fans celebrated the Los Angeles Lakers' second straight NBA championship Monday as Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant promised to do it all again next year. Lakers Parade.

"Three-peat, three-peat, three-peat," rap master Shaq exhorted a purple-and-gold throng massed outside Staples Center in a rousing hip-hop performance that capped the festivities.

Bryant put it another way: "We're going to get another one next year, again -- back to back to back."

Baking heat couldn't keep fans from flocking downtown to celebrate the Lakers' out-of-town victory over the Eastern Conference-champion Philadelphia 76ers.

An estimated 550,000 people turned out for the parade and rally, according to police spokesman Lt. Horace Frank. Lakers Parade.

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