The One Tired Complaint of Every NBA Fanbase
NBA fans love to complain, but sometimes those gripes can get pretty old and tired. Almost every fanbase in the Association is guilty of it.
That's just part of being a fan. By definition, fans fanatically support their favorite teams and always want the best for them. It's understandable.
However, that doesn't mean that it doesn't get annoying. It most assuredly does.
So, what is the most tired complaint from each of the 30 teams in the league?
As a note, not every fan is guilty of these complaints. In some cases, it's only a select few members of the fanbase that get on everyone's nerves.
Atlanta Hawks: Josh Smith's Jumpers
At this point, it's just best to accept that Josh Smith is never going to play exclusively to his strengths. Atlanta Hawks fans might as well stop complaining about his shot selection.
Smith will continue to dominate whenever he uses his athleticism and crashes to the hole, but he's also going to keep lofting up shots from the perimeter.
More often than not, they'll clang off the rim and fall harmlessly to the floor or the hands of the other team's rebounders. However, they'll occasionally drop through the net for two points and give him false hope for the next 10 attempts.
Boston Celtics: Respect for Rajon Rondo
Rajon Rondo is commonly accepted as one of the best point guards in the NBA. If you don't have him in your list of top five current floor generals, you haven't been watching enough of the Boston Celtics.
However, fans of the C's love to complain whenever someone doesn't call Rondo the best player at his position in all of basketball. Not all Boston fans fall into this trap, but some certainly do.
Rondo just isn't on the same level as Chris Paul, and he falls short of Derrick Rose when the Chicago Bulls 1-guard is healthy (and I'm assuming he eventually returns at full strength). The debate between Rondo and Russell Westbrook will continue to rage for quite some time, but it's a battle for No. 3, not 1.
Brooklyn Nets: Best Team in New York?
The Brooklyn Nets need to focus on having a quality season and establishing themselves among the elite teams in the Eastern Conference before they start worrying about the burgeoning rivalry with the New York Knicks.
There's a bit of a preoccupation among fans of the newly relocated franchise. They tend to focus too much on the battle for supremacy in the Big Apple, which may just be a result of the absolute domination by the Knicks over recent memory.
Brooklyn has bigger things to worry about than the Knicks right now. There are times to worry about Carmelo Anthony and company, namely Nov. 26, Dec. 11, Dec. 19 and Jan. 21.
Charlotte Bobcats: None
The Charlotte Bobcats are currently allowed to complain about whatever they want to. Putting together the worst season in NBA history gives you free license to whine about whatever you like.
This is especially true because it really doesn't matter what the Bobcats supporters choose to complain about—there aren't enough of them to annoy fans of the other 29 teams.
Chicago Bulls: Derrick Rose's Absence
The Chicago Bulls are going to be just fine without Derrick Rose and should have no trouble making the playoffs in the Eastern Conference.
Even though Rose is out for the foreseeable future, Chicago still has a potent lineup led by Luol Deng and Joakim Noah, as well as Tom Thibodeau, one of the best coaches in the business. As long as Thibodeau is pacing the sideline, Chicago's defense has no choice but to be elite.
Having the former MVP in street clothes certainly hurts Chicago, but it's not a knockout blow. After all, he is going to return eventually.
Cleveland Cavaliers: Losing LeBron James
Losing LeBron James, especially in the dramatic fashion that The Decision provided, has to hurt for a while. It's OK for Cleveland Cavaliers to feel internally bitter now, but external displays are no longer acceptable to the same extent.
The reason? Some young point guard named Kyrie Irving who is quickly becoming one of the best players in the NBA.
In fact, Irving ranked 13th in the league in my most recent rankings of the league's top stars. When you've got a blossoming superstar on the roster, you're not allowed to complain quite as much.
Dallas Mavericks: Rodrigue Beaubois Hasn't Broken out
Rodrigue Beaubois has been one of the players expected to break out for the Dallas Mavericks ever since entering the league back in 2009.
Well, we're in 2012 now, and the Guadeloupe native (now 24) still has yet to experience his massive uptick in performance. There's now a solid chance that it never comes.
Beaubois' career progression has been slowed by a number of injuries, but he still hasn't looked too impressive when he's on the court.
Denver Nuggets: Give Us Time to Gel
The Denver Nuggets faithful have cited team chemistry as a reason for the early-season failures of the Western Conference contender. After all, it's understandable that the team lost three games in a row at the start of the season since it featured so many new pieces.
There's one major flaw with that line of thinking: Andre Iguodala is really the only major addition to the rotation. The rest of the players—with the exception of Evan Fournier and Anthony Randolph, who have combined for a total of 14.7 minutes per game—have all been playing in the Mile High City.
Detroit Pistons: Brandon Knight Isn't Given Enough Credit
Detroit Pistons fans are enamored with Brandon Knight because of the potential he brings to the table.
However, they have a tendency to complain that the second-year point guard doesn't get enough credit. Knight, however, doesn't get as much credit as Detroit fans would like because, well, he doesn't deserve it.
The former Kentucky point guard's slot on the All-Rookie squad was more due to opportunity than performance, as he was given minutes for the Pistons throughout his first run through the NBA. He scored more points than many members of his draft class as he was also given far more of a chance to do so.
Knight will be a solid point guard one day, but he has to improve significantly to get there.
Golden State Warriors: So Many Injuries
At this point, we understand that the injury imp lives inside the friendly confines of Oracle Arena.
Stephen Curry is always hurt—his ankles are made of something more brittle than glass. Andrew Bogut gets hurt so often that he might actually be freak-injury prone, despite the impossibility and oxymoronic nature of that tag.
Hell, I'm worried Harrison Barnes is going to break his ankles by osmosis if he comes into contact with Steph enough.
There's no doubt that these complaints about injuries are valid, but we're tired of hearing about them for so long.
Houston Rockets: Daryl Morey Is Too Star Happy
One of the biggest knocks on the Houston Rockets is general manager Daryl Morey's sometimes frustrating tendency to chase after star players at the expense of everything else. In the words of Lou Gramm, he's got stars in his eyes.
While it's fun to complain about Morey when things aren't working well for him (see: this summer chasing Dwight Howard), the man is a basketball genius.
Just look at what he's built in Houston right now. The team isn't going to contend for a championship, but building around Jeremy Lin and James Harden isn't a bad idea. Plus, there are plenty of young and promising players waiting to break out.
Indiana Pacers: We're an Eastern Conference Contender Too!
The Indiana Pacers aren't content to just be a quality team in the Eastern Conference. That's simply not good enough.
Instead, they must be recognized as a contender in the weaker of the two conferences that the NBA has to offer. Unfortunately for their fans, that's simply not going to happen, especially without the services of Danny Granger, the best player on the squad.
The absence of Granger, coupled with the lack of depth on the roster, isn't indicative of a team that fans expect to challenge the Miami Heat and Boston Celtics for Eastern supremacy.
Los Angeles Clippers: We're Cursed!
Curses don't actually exist, but the Los Angeles Clippers have been given reason after reason to believe otherwise.
That was then, and this is now. The current version of the Clippers isn't exactly jinxed.
After all, they've got Blake Griffin to provide highlights, plus Chris Paul dominating all facets of the game. Plus, the roster is quite deep and talented, making L.A. a true title contender.
You can complain about jinxes and curses when your team is awful, but not when it's an excellent squad.
Los Angeles Lakers: Everything
The Los Angeles Lakers are in the opposite situation that the Charlotte Bobcats are mired in.
When everything has gone right for your franchise ever since it was first created, you aren't allowed to complain.
When you're just a few years removed from your last championship, you aren't allowed to complain.
When Kobe Bryant is on your team, you aren't allowed to complain.
When you get bounced out of the playoffs and fix the problem by adding Steve Nash and Dwight Howard without losing Kobe or Pau Gasol, you aren't allowed to complain.
See where I'm going with this?
Memphis Grizzlies: Health Has Been Problematic
The Memphis Grizzlies have been plagued by injuries in the past, but the early portion of this season has shown us just how deadly the team can be when Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, Rudy Gay and Mike Conley are all healthy and ready to go.
And that's exactly why it's no longer kosher to whine about health problems in the past. Z-Bo's injury last year is no longer relevant.
Instead, the Grizzlies are poised to make some serious noise in the tough Western Conference. I wouldn't be at all surprised if Memphis was still around for the Western Conference Finals.
Miami Heat: Everyone Hates LeBron James
LeBron James is on your roster. We're all jealous, even if we won't admit it.
Stop worrying about how other people feel about his greatness and legacy. Just enjoy it.
Milwaukee Bucks: Lack of Frontcourt Help
The Milwaukee Bucks' biggest weakness is obvious enough that it's readily apparent to fans of all 30 teams in the league, including Bucks supporters.
I use the word "shortcomings" intentionally because the problems aren't involving the guys who are, well, short.
Monta Ellis and Brandon Jennings are both stars in the backcourt, but the frontcourt is in need of some talent infusion. Everyone knows that at this point.
However, it's an overblown complaint because there's plenty of potential in Milwaukee between Ersan Ilyasova, Ekpe Udoh and John Henson.
Minnesota Timberwolves: Injuries Might Keep Us out of the Playoffs
Minnesota Timberwolves fans were excited about their team's potential to make the playoffs as the eighth seed in the Western Conference. Some even thought that the Wolves could overcome the absence of Ricky Rubio and earn an even better seed.
Then Kevin Love broke his hand and Minnesota's postseason chances went down rather significantly. Or so we thought.
After a 5-2 start to the regular season—albeit against a rather weak slate of teams—it's clear that Minnesota still has a chance to make good on its lofty dreams.
And even if the Wolves end up in the lottery again, the stars are young enough that there will be plenty more opportunities.
New Orleans Hornets: Eric Gordon Stuff
At this point, can New Orleans Hornets fans just accept that Eric Gordon is never going to be healthy? Please?
Can we stop hearing speculation about when the oft-injured shooting guard is going to return to action?
Let's focus on the positives, like the superb passing of Greivis Vasquez and the terrific performances of Anthony Davis. Plus, you Hornets fans can all wear unibrows in the stands.
New York Knicks: Carmelo Anthony Should Be Given More Credit
New York Knicks fans aren't content with having the NBA's last remaining undefeated team. They aren't going to be happy when Carmelo Anthony is called one of the league's best players, even if you put him in the top 10.
Melo must be called an MVP candidate, or the Knicks faithful are going to put you on their blacklist.
Regardless of whether he passes or plays inspired defense (he's only passed out of double teams and to wide open players, while playing passable, but not great, defense this season), Melo is the league's most important player to some of them.
Oklahoma City Thunder: Losing James Harden Is Terrible
Oklahoma City Thunder fans still get to root for Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka. That means they aren't allowed to complain about losing James Harden to the Houston Rockets.
This is doubly true because the Thunder received another great player for the bearded shooting guard. Kevin Martin has been playing kind of well for the Thunder thus far.
He doesn't have the ball-handling skills to create for the second unit and make Russell Westbrook even more effective, but K-Mart has still performed admirably during his early string of games with his new team.
Orlando Magic: See Bobcats, Charlotte
After losing Dwight Howard and getting back...Arron Afflalo, the Orlando Magic have a right to complain about the state of their franchise.
The near future is going to be filled with plenty of losses. Sadly enough, the same can be said for the not-so-distant future as well.
Just like the Charlotte Bobcats faithful, supporters of the Magic are currently allowed to air their problems with Rob Hennigan and the Magic brass.
Philadelphia 76ers: Andrew Bynum's Prolonged Absence
The Philadelphia 76ers aren't primed to win a championship this season, so fans should patiently wait for their new star player to be fully healthy before he's thrown out onto the court.
Andrew Bynum hasn't given any indication that he's unhappy in Philly—unlike Eric Gordon and the New Orleans Hornets—so we can safely assume that he isn't milking his injury out of a lack of desire to play for his new squad.
Just let him recover and don't complain about the fact that he's taking a while to heal. It will be worth the extra time in the long run.
Phoenix Suns: Do Suns Fans Complain?
I don't know about you, but I haven't really heard Phoenix Suns fans complain about much at all.
The organization as a whole has pretty classy supporters, to the point that they supported Steve Nash in his pursuit of a ring elsewhere, even if it came at the expense of their own season. There was a bit of grumbling about him choosing the Los Angeles Lakers, but hatred still wasn't a direct corollary.
Feel free to let me know if I'm missing something, but I haven't grown tired of Phoenix fanatics complaining about anything yet.
Portland Trail Blazers: LaMarcus Aldridge Doesn't Play Defense
There are a lot of false beliefs about players running rampantly through the NBA blogospheres, but one of the most infuriating ones is that LaMarcus Aldridge doesn't play defense.
While the star power forward isn't a true defensive-stopper, he's still a capable player on the less glamorous end of the court. In fact, the Portland Trail Blazers are significantly better on defense when he's part of the five-man unit.
According to NBA.com's Advanced Stats, the Blazers allowed 7.7 points fewer per 100 possessions when Aldridge was on the court last season. This season, with a small sample size warning in effect, the difference has skyrocketed to 26.3 fewer points.
Sacramento Kings: Too Many Guards
The Sacramento Kings have way too many guards. There's no denying that, especially given the recent emergence of Jimmer Fredette.
Eventually, something is going to have to give. Tyreke Evans, Jimmer, Marcus Thornton, Aaron Brooks and Isaiah Thomas can't all peacefully coexist in the same backcourt for a full season.
However, this is a problem that many teams would like to have. I'm sure that complaining about the excess of capable backcourt members has gotten tiresome to some fans of guard-challenged teams.
San Antonio Spurs: Individual Things
For the most part, San Antonio Spurs supporters are classy and intelligent people. They don't have too many complaints that get annoying and tired, but there is one that tends to get overused.
San Antonio fans like to pump forward their individual players a bit more than they should, generally giving individuals a bit too much credit for team success.
I'm not saying that Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker are overrated, but they are sometimes ever-so-slightly overrated by Spurs fanatics.
Toronto Raptors: Kyle Lowry Is an Elite Player
Kyle Lowry is getting close to being considered an elite player, but he isn't there yet. For his ascent to be complete, he must sustain his level of play for significantly longer than just three games.
One of my favorite arguments in sports is the small sample size argument. Three games is assuredly not a large enough sample to justify the "elite" label.
Lowry very well may keep up his pace of play once he regains his health and spot in the Toronto Raptors lineup. But Raps fans, cool it with the questions about where Lowry is in lists of the best point guards and players.
It's understandable that you're enamored with your shiny new toy, but wait until he proves himself for just a bit longer.
Utah Jazz: Derrick Favors Needs to Play More
The Utah Jazz faithful are understandably excited about the future with Derrick Favors and Enes Kanter in the frontcourt, but be a bit more patient with the former Georgia Tech Yellow Jacket.
After all, you have two incredible players currently manning the center and power forward positions—Al Jefferson and Paul Millsap. As long as those two guys are in place, Favors' minutes are going to be limited.
His time will come, but for now he has to bide his time like many young players.
Washington Wizards: Injuries and Dysfunction
The Washington Wizards have had terrible luck in the past. Look no further than Gilbert Arenas, Rashard Lewis and the enigma that was JaVale "Pierre" McGee.
As recent as the 2011-12 season, it was dysfunction that reigned supreme in the nation's capitol, not a winning brand of basketball. Now, injuries are taking over with both Nene Hilario and John Wall sidelined for a prolonged stretch of time.
However, neither of these things should be complained about too much by D.C. residents and Wizards supporters. The dysfunction is clearly in the past, and the injuries might turn out to be a blessing in disguise.
This Wizards squad isn't going to make the playoffs, so the absence of their two best players is going to help "earn" a lower spot in the standings, a higher draft pick and a better future.
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