I don't think a person who's just starting to follow basketball, who happens to live in some random state and likes the Lakers, should be considered a bandwagon fan even as long as they stick to that one team.I kind of agree, but if that state is New York, and that city is New York City that the person lives, then there just is something, to me, that doesn't seem right about becoming a fan of the Lakers. I'll probably get bashed for saying there's something wrong with that, but I guess I feel it's kind of the person's responsibility to root for the "home" team.
I hear what you're saying. I blame it on the NBA being a suckfest. Every season, from the very first day, there are only a handful of teams that can realistically win it all. If your local team is not among those handful of teams, you'll eventually end up either having to root for another team as well or following hockey (yuck) until baseball season. And when you root for another team, without any relatable tie to that team such as if that team was the local representation (geographical tie), there's not much holding people back from hopping from team to team because there's no sense of loyalty there for those teams.
Look at the contents of this forum. You'd think there were only two teams in the NBA and only two players playing on those teams. It's disgusting. Look at the nutpolishers. You find a lot of them are neither from Florida or from Southern California. One would wonder what's wrong with these folks' own local teams...except we already know what's wrong. It's because the NBA sucks and is ludicrously imbalanced in almost every respect.
I proposed in another post that all playoff series be reduced to best of 5 (hey, March Madness is single elimination). That increases the odds of upsets, and I think that's what the NBA needs. I believe every team should have a realistic chance of basking prominently in the sun within a generation or two. That's how you get people excited about and build their loyalty to their local teams, and that excitement and loyalty gets passed down to the next generations.
You suffer through the bad times because it's your team.Gotta agree with you there. For at least the people living in or around a basketball city, fans should take ownership of their team. It's their responsibility to root for that team that is in their respective geographic area. Sure, there are always exceptions, like growing up in SoCal, and later moving to Phoenix, yet maintaining the Lakers as their rooting interest. Also, if you live in West Virginia or Alabama you can't really have a "local" team, so the general rule is to select a team and, most importantly, stick with that team.
Only 7 teams have won the NBA championship in the last 20 years. If Jordan hadn't taken a hiatus, it might have been 6 in 20 years. The NFL has had 12 teams win it in the last 20 years. MLB has had 11 teams win it in the last 19 years (1 season out of the last 20 was a lockout). The NHL has had 13 in the last 19 years (1 season out of the last 20 was cancelled).
And when you keep going back for the NBA, it doesn't get much better. Only 8 teams have won it in 30 years. Only 12 in 40 years.