It is no secret among the regular visitors to this site that Hllywd hates the Los Angeles Lakers. I've been asked many times why. Until now I never thought about trying to justify it, or explain it. It's been this way so long, it feels natural to me. It is what it is. At the risk of being vilified by Laker Nation however, I will attempt to break it down for you.
Growing up in Los Angeles it was basketball that fueled the fire within. It was only natural after accepting the fact that the pro game wasn't going to be a career option, that I would adopt a team in my heart. At this time Laker tickets were very scarse and very expensive, but Los Angeles had an ABA franchise. During this time the league began trying to compete with the NBA by acquiring some of the marquee players from college. George Gervin, Larry Keenan, Artis Gilmore, David Thompson, Connie Hawkins, Moses Malone and others started their pro careers in the ABA. One night after a game, a friend calls and says she's been given tickets to a Virginia Squires game. That night I was treated to basketball like I had never seen it before. The league was not as fundamentally sound as the NBA, but they sure were more fun to watch. That night I also saw a young Dr J. I cannot begin to explain pure poetry in motion, but lets just say that the Doctor was making house calls while Michael was still trying to make the team.
When the leagues merged in '76, I became a Philadephia 76ers fan because that's where the Doctor was. Over the years the Lakers have forever been a thorn in my side. The road to the finals always went through LA. There have been a number of other incidents that have fueled my hatred--the Kermit Washington incident, Magics "firing" of Paul Westhead, the "him or me" trade of Norm Nixon, their defeat of the 6ers in the '80 finals, and now Kobe and the current team.
Free agency has made it extremely difficult to maintain allegiance to my favorites over the years. After a Championship, Philadelphia made the bonehead mistake of trading Moses Malone. They haven't been relative since. The 2 Jerrys destroyed my Bulls, and they too have become a joke. It's fun sometime to not have a dog in the fight. Whatever happens however, my hate for the Lakers lingers on. I have also recently discovered that I don't care much for their fans either. I find them to be among the most obnoxious fans in sports, and most lack real knowledge of basketball, which makes it extremely difficult to talk basketball with them. They are not basketball fans--they're Laker fans. Hopefully, they will be bounced from the playoffs soon, and I won't hear from them again until October when the bandwagon takes off again.