At this point you should all know I’m no stranger to hating the Lakers, or any rival of Boston sports teams for that matter. As far as sports fandom goes, I’m an asshole. I was born in the greatest sports region of the country and have been spoiled to death with the success that came with all of my teams. I do not like the Lakers & I have never taken a stance for them until this very moment, but one thing is abundantly clear, the NBA has a vendetta against one of their most successful franchises, much like the NFL has a vendetta against their most successful franchise.
Now, it hasn’t always been this way, but recently there’s no question the NBA, it’s owners and GMs, have been trying to keep the Lakers success at bay. Some of you will bring up the 2002 Western Conference Finals where they were gifted a finals birth when the Kings should’ve advanced. That was about the end of the NBA’s favorable relationship with the purple and gold and was probably also a big reason for the conspiring against them. The Kings had put together one of the most fun and exiting teams and the entire country was behind them. Then, one of the biggest screwjobs in sports history occurred where the Lakers were given over a dozen phantom calls in the 4th quarter of an elimination game 6 to give them a win to force a game 7.
Since then, not to my dismay, the Lakers have gotten the shit end of the stick. They were off and running into mediocrity (outside that really really impressive 3 year run where they won 2 titles) and a lot of it was self inflicted. They held onto Kobe Bryant too long, unlike the Bulls that let Michael Jordan go to pasture in Washington when they knew they couldn’t win a championship any longer. Instead, the Lakers signed him to a massive contract that tied up all of their money keeping them in the toilet for the rest of his career. However, the Chris Paul trade debacle was the first tell-tale sign that the NBA front office and the rest of the leagues owners.
At the time, the New Orleans Hornets were owned by the NBA. They received an offer from the Lakers for disgruntled superstar Chris Paul that included Lamar Odom, Kevin Martin, Luis Scola, and Goran Dragic. The NBA blocked the trade and then traded Chris Paul to the Clippers for essentially Eric Gordon. Eric Gordon is a formidable scorer and at the time he was looking like he was going to be a premier scorer. The problem was he was ALREADY injury ridden. Things didn’t change when he got to New Orleans the trade went from being win-win for LA and NOLA to only the Clippers being the beneficiary of a trade they were never even apart of.
Then, the rumors that are most likely truer than true, that Gayle Benson will not trade Anthony Davis to the Lakers, Gregg Popovich will never do a deal with the Lakers, and their inability to lure big name free agents, coaches, or trades to LA(which is supposed to be the sexiest destination in the NBA) after being the most coveted franchise in the league plays to one thing and one thing only: The league as a whole is conspiring against them as the NFL is against the Patriots.
I feel for them as a Patriots fan, but as a Celtics fan, I really don’t give a shit they’re having a hard time. They’ll bounce back, at least they already have if you ask their fanbase even though they missed the playoffs for the 6th straight year. If you’re a Laker Hater, enjoy this, because eventually they will be back. Storied franchises always do.