Posted by: Damian on May 8th, 2011The author's views are entirely his or her own and may not reflect the views of the Utah Jazz.
First off this is more of a rant than a blog so I apologize up front if this is not what you typically like to read on this site. I usually try to be inteligent and don’t speak out of my butt when I comment or write blogs here. But today I feel like letting it out.
What an awesome day it is in the NBA to see Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson not get another ring. I know, I know I’m being such a hater, but everytime I see people wear purple and gold it makes me sick, especially in our own arena. This has been such a disappointing season with Sloan retiring, Deron being shipped off and us not making the playoffs. But today seeing the Lakers get pounded and swept really takes some of the sting away. I am just glad that Kobe doesn’t have more rings than Michael Jordan, even though he is an amazing talent and is one of the greatest of all time, he is such a jerk and I cant stand him.
Here is my biggest gripe with Laker fans. I live in Seattle where there has been a rich history of the NBA here until a few years ago. I was out watching the Mavs play the Lakers at the casino and so many people were rooting for the Lakers. I asked one person who was sitting near me “Why do you like the Lakers?”. Instead of him saying I’m from LA and have been a Laker fan my whole life, he said “because of Kobe”. I then asked him “were you a Bulls fan back in the Michael era?” He answered “Of course”. The funny thing is, this mentality is pretty common with most people I come in contact with who are Laker fans. I am a die hard Jazz fan win or lose, thick or thin I’m in for life. I wear my Jazz apparel to my office where people here in Seattle hate the Jazz, well the NBA for that matter. But I always run into people rooting for the Lakers and it’s always the same thing, they root for them because they are the best. I guess it’s easy to root for a team that wins all the time. But what I want to know is are you still gonna root for them when Kobe is gone and they aren’t making the playoffs? My guess is that the majority of people wont, just like I spopped seeing Bulls jerseys everywhere after Jordan retired. Thats why it makes me sick to see so many people at ESA cheering the Lakers on.
I know this doesn’t provoke much thought to a great dialogue of inteligent basketball talk. But as Davide Locke would say “Emptin the noggin after Lakers loss”
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