The King and His Court
Tons of people who have little connection to Los Angeles are Lakers fans for one reason alone: The Lakers have won a lot of championships, and this type of cult following occurs with many other sports. Take the Patriots for example. Another phenomenon that seems to be more common in basketball than it is in most other team sports is individual players that have their own traveling fan bases. For the past 14 years, I’ve been fortunate enough to witness one of the top 3 greatest players of all time. Luckily for me, he’s spent 10 of those 14 seasons with my hometown Cleveland Cavaliers. His time there includes bringing the city it’s first championship.When Lebron decided to “take his talents to South Beach” in 2010-2014 to play for the Miami Heat, I still wanted my Cavs to win it all (although odds were slim to none), but I rooted for him as if he were still playing for the home team. Lots of people do the same, or even skip the whole “rooting for a non-LeBron team” part entirely. And since LeBron James’ stan nation is basketball’s peak example of the personal entourage fan base, we now get the tantalizing spectacle of two huge bandwagons not only colliding, but collaborating. With that being said, Go Lakers, but more importantly go Lebron!
By Evan Jackson