Note to Lakers Fans.

6 May

Dear L.A.,

There’s a lot I’m willing to defend about our fair city…

On any day of the week, I’ll argue that yes we DO have culture here (it’s just more understated)… Plenty of us still eat carbs and have zero interest in having our days documented via VH1… NOT everyone is in the biz or cares about last night’s numbers…  AND WE DO WALK HERE! In fact, we don’t just walk… WE HIKE!

That said, I’m having some trouble holding up my end of the “L.A. Has Great Fans!” argument.

I mean c’mon people…  First we beat up a guy for supporting the wrong California baseball team (disgusting) – and NOW we’re boo’ing our own basketball team?!

WHY are we turning on our own??

It’s bad enough we’re known as the city that can’t seem to celebrate without starting bonfires and trashing patrol cars… but really, boo’ing The Purple & Gold on our own HOME COURT?!?  

SO!  NOT!  COOL!

Of course it’s easier to support a team when they’re winning – but as fans, it’s our job to cheer ‘em on even harder when they aren’t. Hell, that’s half the benefit of having home court advantage!

This isn’t to say that it hasn’t been a frustrating season for a Lakers fan. They’ve obviously dug themselves quite a hole. And no, the season hasn’t exactly been free of exhaustion and heartbreak. But when has it ever?

The thing is, the Lakers are OUR TEAM. They’re the back-to-back defending champs and we owe it to them (and our city) to suck it up and cheer even LOUDER when they (for lack of a better word) suck.

If you’ve given up hope, so be it. It’s probably the realistic thing to do. But for godsakes, STOP posting your disgust and splattering how much money you’ll save on Finals tickets all over Facebook.

For the rest of us still pulling for ‘em, hopefully these two on the road will be exactly what they need to pull their sh%t together. And if by some grace they play another round in L.A., maybe we can all come together and let ‘em know that WE KNOW they have it in them to win this whole thing!

Like Kobe says, “If you want to make history, you have to do historic things.”  

So good luck to us tonight!

xo

P.S. – If you have the luxury of sitting courtside again… For the love of God, respect the game & players enough to PLEASE sit through the 4th quarter! Guaranteed, your life will not improve THAT much by getting on the 110 seven minutes before everyone else.

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