Hatred is the price tag of greatness. The funny thing is, for most of us, it’s a price we’re more than happy to pay.
Its no secret that the strong majority of Laker haters are emotional, irrational, illogical, frustrated creatures, but you know what the basketball world’s best kept secret is?
They desperately desire the validation of Laker fans.
We’ve all been there.
The Laker fan plays the part of the proverbial grey haired white man while the frustrated hater lays across the proverbial leather couch and vents all of his narrow-minded perceptions and pathetic shoulda coulda woulda talk.
“The Lakers wouldn’t have won in 2002 if not for the officiating in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals,” they claim. (Well if the Kings hadn’t blown a 24-point lead in Game 4 and missed 14 free throws in Game 7, maybe the Lakers wouldn’t have won. Too bad.)
“The Lakers only won because of Shaq. The Lakers will never win a Championship without him! Never!” (Well, guess they can’t use this one anymore.)
“The Rockets would have beaten the Lakers if only Yao hadn’t gotten injured. If only Tracy hadn’t gotten injured. If only the world was a better place.” (The world is askew because a team that hasn’t been out of the first round of the playoffs since Sega Genesis was the video game market's leading console failed to beat a team whose franchise prides itself on winning or at least competing for championships year in and year out. Right.)
“The Celtics would be looking at a Three-peat if KG hadn’t gotten injured.” (Yeah, let’s just forget that the Lakers reached the 2008 Finals without two of the following year’s starters. Its not like the Lakers proved they’re the better team with a healthy roster by sweeping them in the following year’s regular season, right? I mean come on if that were the case the Lakers would have been the first team looking at a Three-peat since….well, since they did it last time.)
My personal favorite: “The Lakers cheated! They stole Pau Gasol. There’s a conspiracy!” (The way you get a player is clearly more important than what he does once he gets there, right? Besides, let's just ignore the fact that the Celtics got KG and Ray Allen for pretty close to nothing the EXACT same year.)