I grew up playing basketball. Everyone in my family did, to a point. My Uncle even played and coached in the NBA. Up until last year. I grew up on Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and Isiah Thomas. Those guys. I was alive and old enough to remember the Dream Team. That was the brand of NBA I liked. Sure there were superstars, but people were fans of the teams first and foremost.
Fast forward 20 years and it’s allllll about the superstars. And, at this point, it’s pretty much an NBA thing, because I don’t see what irks me going on in baseball or football.
People can like whomever they want, but I respect those who are fans a team through its failures, its history, and its success far more than these new-age fans who really only care about the stats of their superstar and whichever team they happy to play for at the moment. Case in point, Miami Heat fans, Oklahoma City Thunder fans, and earlier this year, Los Angeles Clippers fans. I’ve really never seen anything like it, and hope other sports fans are able to keep their integrity a little better.
When Peyton Manning announced he was signing with the Denver Broncos, there weren’t a ton of Indianapolis Colts fans saying “Oh shit! I’m #TeamBroncos now!”, were there? No. Most of the ones I came across on Twitter stated that they’d always be fans of his, wished him well, and continued to pledge their allegiance to the Colts. I love and respect that.