It's called built-in ego buffer. When the current Laker season goes down the toilet (currently circling the bowl), Laker fans will revert to leaning of decades-old championships, claiming that no matter how much better the other teams are than them THIS year, they'll never catch up to them historically.
kinda sad, really...
That's because these Heat losses are getting so boring and repetitive - doinking around at full health...."to stay heathy"...yeah, that makes a lot of sense!
Let me point out the groups that compromise Most of the Heat fan base:I'd like to add a 4th group that may be actually larger than some realize. There are many fans, who are not actually "fans" of the Heat, but root for LeBron (and the Heat) because they feel like he went through some of the most ridiculous critism that they had seen in a long time. And by always trying to defend against such ridiculous claims, those people, by nature, found themselves rooting for a player and a team that they previously had little interest in at all. So in the end, it was the accusations that came from the "haters" that caused a lot of the LeBron and Heat "fanbase" to increase.
1- Ex fans of teams who had never won a title and were sick of the Lakers and Celtics and Spurs winning title year after year so they decided to join the heat fanbase just to try to be part of the latest new thing in the NBA, the big 2.5 merge. And keep denying to themselves that they never followed another team...exhibit A..turnip.little pizza man
2- New and clueless NBA fans who have no loyalty to any franchise and pick a team based on Jersey sales and TV commercials. exhibit A peedmyshorts
3- Miami heat ex fans who had moved on and given up on their franchise and left them for dead but who dediced to come back and claim they never left when the big 2.5 were formed. exhibit A..too many to name.
Be honest and dont try to tell us you guys dont fit in one of those groups.
Obviously, I fall into this 4th group.
For example some of you are Dallas Cowboy fans, Detroit Red Wing fans, and San Fransico Giants fans and you live in Arizona. This is classic bandwagon. Some of you are even Chicago Blackhawks fans, Chicago Bears fans, and Chicago Cubs fans, then all the sudden your Heat fans too. That is a bandwagon fan.So you have to stay with one team forever? You can't add teams to your book?
The Heat came into existence in 1988, that is around 25 years ago. The Heat were an abyssmal team for their first 4 years of existence. So that tells me that anyone who is over 25 and doen't live in Miami or even Florida, makes you a bandwagon fan.So you can't be outside of Miami and be a Heat fan?
Actually you read my post wrong, you can live in Florida and be a Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots, Boston Bruins, and Boston Celtics fan. That is fine.Look at the previous quote, do you see a double standard here?
One can still cheer for Lebron, but to make the Heat your team, because of one player, makes you a bandwagon fan. Were you a Clevland Cavalier fan? I would consider you a Bandwagon fan. I loved Jon Stockton and Jeff Hornacek as players, but never was I a Utah Jazz fan.So, if you like M. Jordan as a (NC) college player, but he went to Chicago, you'll cheer for him as a player only? You'd rather him get 40 points, 12 rb, 12 as everynight but his team to lose every game?
twocoach, I'm not frustrated because I know that there is a systemic reason that the Lakers are losing these games which has little to do with "pitiful effort", but hey, if you're cool with your team doinking it around and putting forth these pitiful efforts while treading water in a weak conference while still relying wholly on maximum efforts from your "Three Kings" during these regular season games - hey, whatever floats your boat."That's because these Heat losses are getting so boring and repetitive - doinking around at full health...."to stay heathy"...yeah, that makes a lot of sense!"Did you watch the game last night? No effort to get rebounds whatsoever. A pitiful effort by every player outside the Big 3. Sorry that you are frustrated that the Heat can put in less than full effort and still be one of the best teams in the league while your Lakers are putting in less than full effort and getting WAXED for it.
I have never been a hypocrite on bandwagon fans. It is really easy to tell if someone is, you are. Unless Lebron is your sonI believe you have it all reversed. I live South Florida and have been Miami's fan for a long time through their ups and downs. I didn't become Boston, LAL, Chicago's fan when they were/became great. Something I couldn't say about many fans: claiming they became Lakers' fan when M. Johnson played for them or cheered for the Celtics after Larry Bird joined the team.
clearly anyone who is a Heat fan because they feel bad about the way Lebron was treated is a bandwagon fan.Hondo: You said that you were a fan of Stockton when he was playing. Would it be safe to say that if the Jazz were playing anyone besides the Celtics, you were rooting for the Jazz to win? I ask, because that is me with the Heat. I am a Sixers fan, and a fan of all things Philly. But, because I want LeBron to show that the numerous, unjust criticisms are false, I tend to root for LeBron (and the Heat, because LeBron's legacy is tied to the Heat winning). I think this might be the case with a lot of other people who root for the Heat. I do admit, that there are probably plenty that just want to root for a great team with the best player on it, though.
If you chose them as kids and continued to cheer for them your whole life, you are still by definition a BANDWAGON fan, as you chose them because they were good.I agree with this statement if someone grew up in a designated NBA city, like Philadelphia, yet became a fan of the Lakers in the 80's, even if they stuck with the team. That's rule #1 for me. If you grow up in an NBA city, you are born into a fanbase. Now, if you grew up in "Jabip", Idaho, then you had better pick a team and stick with it. This could go either way as far as bandwagining goes, but I tend to lean towards it not being a bandwagon fan, because, heck, they live in Idaho, let them have their good team... haha.