NBA Finals: Who Should I Root For?

Divya ParmarSenior Analyst IJune 6, 2008

In this Lakers-Celtics matchup, I have a conflict.

I don't know who to root for. I could make a case for either side.

On one hand, I hate Boston. The Patriots, Red Sox, and now the Celtics. I'm just Bostoned-out. Too much Boston.

Maybe it is just jealousy. But part of it is the Red Sox bandwagon-jumping fans. The fans that, before 2004, couldn't name four Red Sox, but now act like they are loyal, hardcore fans.

On the other hand, the more I read about Kobe, the more he seems like a selfish, crazy, spoiled, over-competitive brat. He comes off as unlikable. I also should hate L.A. because I am a Nothern California guy, and we hate Southern California teams.

One reason to root for the Lakers is it isn't fair that the Celtics got such an easy conference and easy path to the NBA Finals. If the Celtics were in the West, they wouldn't get out of the second round. The Lakers deserve the championship more because of the tough road in the West.

Rooting for the Lakers is pro-West Coast, and anti-East Coast/New York and Boston bias. Plus, we don't have to feel sorry for Boston fans. They're in a great situation these days. All three major teams are good. Don't complain, Boston fans.

Before the series, I expected Lakers in five, so I would love to be right on my prediction.

All in all, I'm not sure who to root for. Both sides have positives and negatives.

I'll just go with my gut, whatever it tells me.