Seeing as I had to write this for school, I thought I might was well post this on here.
What is a fan? An enthusiastic devotee of sports. An ardent and enthusiastic supporter of some person or activity. Both taken from the free dictionary.com
When people talk about the Denver Nuggets, people tend to think of hem as a moderate team with no success. They shut them down and talk ill about them, as they are not a major city in terms of sports and places like Boston and Los Angeles are.
Those two cities won 31 NBA Championships since 1947. That supposedly makes them the NBA capital cities and above everybody else.
Ever since we (British Columbia, Canada) lost the Vancouver Grizzlies, the NBA fan base plummeted here. No longer are there Grizzlies fan, but bandwagons cheering for the city that has had the most success since the incarnation of the team.
Instead of cheering for what used to be our close friends, the Seattle Supersonics, people in Vancouver instead cheered for the Los Angeles Lakers.
They didn't even cheer for the Canadian team, the Toronto Raptors. Most of the people I know jumped ship to the most successful team at the time.
The Los Angeles Lakers. Their obsession over Kobe Bryant also played a part in their decision.
I'm not saying you have to, or should cheer for your local team, but it's whom you cheer for after you lose your franchise that ticks me off.
I actually didn't start watching basketball until 2006, but played the game from 2004. I had known of the fact that the Grizzlies had left and I had nothing to do with my Grizzlies t-shirt. My friends and I were young and really didn't know what we were talking about.
People actually liked the Spurs over here in Vancouver, now they hate them.
It could be that the inhabitants of Vancouver are like that because we don't have a history of good basketball in British Columbia.
Most people I talk to say they liked the Lakers since they started watching basketball here in Vancouver. Few select people in my High School like the teams other then the Lakers or Cavs. I am one of them.
The Denver Nuggets have had six straight first round exists in the NBA playoffs spanning from 1994-2008. They have only made the playoffs six times since Carmelo Anthony was drafted back in 2003.
As they have not been able to produce in the playoffs, people with no intelligence say they suck.
This year the Nuggets tied a franchise record in wins this year at 54, and earning the No. 2 seed in the West.
After being the biggest surprise in the West, the Nuggets calmly beat their opponents the New Orleans Hornets, and the Dallas Mavericks advancing past the first round, and moving on to the Western Conference Finals for the first time since 1985.
For the first time people are finally starting to recognize the Denver Nuggets for their accomplishments and outstanding play. This mainly happened because of the blockbuster trade that sent Allen Iverson to the Detroit Pistons for Chauncey Billups.
After about six years of hearing it from people sayin that the Nuggets suck and Carmelo Anthony isn't any good, people are finally jumping on the Denver bandwagon, and are cheering for them.
Now most of the time, people give me the evil eye when I'm wearing a jersey of a team that is underachieving, and it makes me feel unwanted.
Just a couple of weeks ago, before the NBA playoffs started, I was wearing my Denver jersey to show my appreciation of the team and I have a person yell at me saying "Hey, man! That is disgusting; take that atrocious Denver jersey off!" Imagine how I felt.
They had their dominant Los Angeles jersey on and made me once again, feel inferior. In what was a close game, I was proud of my team's effort and game play and people with no intelligence come out and bash me. Things like "Oh what a baby; stop crying" when that player (JR Smith) legitimately got hurt.
These "fans" don't realize that they to would be grimacing in pain if they landed awkwardly on their ankle, or any body part for that matter. Their inner fan is clogging their judgment, which is a majority of NBA fans here in BC.
What never ceases to amaze me is the fact that fans support the Nuggets, or any other team for that matter, because they are winning.
They become the second favourite to their first, and when their first beats their second, they start point out flaws and saying the blatant original "They suck."
Even with everything stacked against the opposing team proving that Denver is better if not equal, or any other team for that matter, they just say "Oh shut up, you don't know what you're talking about." They fail to accept any facts unless its a good one about their team and their success.
The NBA analysts have criticised the LA Lakers about their inconsistency and if they really want to win a championship.
They have brought up the facts that they played half-heartedly against the Rockets expecting to breeze by them after the Rockets lost their star player in Yao Ming.
They brought up that the Lakers have been on and off in the post-season and you cannot just turn it on and step it up when needed if you want to win a championship. You lose your rhythm and timing and start getting frustrated.
With all of these facts presented to the fans they just say, "That doesn't matter." We will still win." It does matter though.
They don't want to accept the fact that their "perfect" team has flaws and when they lose, go blaming the referees. When they win, the don't complain.
Can you call these type of people "fans?"
They blow wind out of their mouth that has no logic to it.
I don't like those "fans."
The fans that I like are the fellow people here on Bleacher Report. They try to tell it how it is without being to biased. They take all the facts that are presented to them and find a way to argue them, not say "You don't know what you'er talking about."
With that all said, being the most dominant and consistent team in the league right now makes me feel great. No longer are we Nuggets looked down upon.
We are in the conversation of being NBA elites and wining that "Big one". We still have not won anything yet, but we have won respect.
That is a fan, not a "Fan."