The Los Angeles Lakers are one of the greatest franchises in all of sports and have won 16 championships in their history, including four in this decade and their most recent coming in last year's NBA Finals. Since being founded in 1946, the Lakers have missed the playoffs only five times in their entire history. Legendary players like Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, George Mikan, Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant among others have donned the purple and gold. In the history of basketball there are the Celtics and the Lakers and then there is everyone else.
Usually I write this article on Wednesdays, but I couldn't wait any longer after witnessing the pathetic display put out by Lakers fans on Christmas.
With all the history and success that the Lakers have been a part of, you would think that their fans would have some patience with their team. Even I was under that until Christmas. The Lakers hosted the Cavaliers in what was billed as a showdown between the Black Mamba and King James. The Cavaliers turned in a dominating performance however and were up by double figures for the majority of the second half.
Heading into the game the Lakers were 23-4. At halftime they were down by 11 and there were some Lakers fans that actually started booing the team. The chorus of boos became even louder during the end of the game when it became clear the Lakers would lose.
Did the Lakers play under par? Definitely, but how do you boo a team attempting to repeat as champions, that has lost a grand total of five games more than a quarter of the way through the season?
That wasn't even the worst part. With the Lakers down 19 with 4:04 left in the fourth quarter and the game all but done, the Staples Center crowd was so pissed by the officials not calling what they felt were fouls that they started throwing foam fingers out on to the court. Granted the referees definitely missed some calls in this particular game, but how many times do the Lakers get the benefit of every bullshit, ticky tack foul going their way?
You stay classy Los Angeles.
Now before we delve into how throwing foam fingers on to the court for all of forty seconds is the most pussy ass reaction you could have, are you Lakers fans actually complaining about not getting calls? Give me a break. This is team that won a championship in 2002 because the referees decided to hand them their Western Conference Finals series against the Kings.
Now back to the foam fingers. If you're going to throw a hissy fit over your precious championship-caliber team dropping a game in December and the officials not bailing them out for once, do something a little bit more outrageous than throwing foam onto the court. If this was in Philly you would see chairs flying from courtside onto the floor and beer pouring down from the rafters. That would be an actual reaction meriting some kind of attention.Has anybody ever noticed that the Staples Center only looks full sometime mid-way through the second quarter, because everybody shows up late to the game. Here's a hint guys: It's not a party, you don't need to show up fashionably late so that everybody sees you make an entrance.
I also loathe the Lakers because of their success in comparison to the Knicks' decade worth of failures. This is what makes me want to bitch slap every Lakers fan. If the Knicks won a championship I'd be satisfied for five years and i certainly would not boo them for losing a game that sent them to 23-5. I would be at games an hour early trying to get Kobe Bryant's signature during warm-ups and then I'd scope out the building for any celebrity sightings.
The Lakers are a great team and have a good chance at repeating this year as NBA champions. Maybe after 17 titles their fans will actually start to give a shit.