I posted a long comment in reply to Phil's post. I felt it deserved it's own post on my page. Enjoy.
You should know by now, almost all Laker "fans" are fairweather fans. There are only a few true "fans" out there who really follow the team. Out of the 15+ million people living the the LA area, you're bound to have some real fans there.
Now I have no problem with fairweather fans. That just comes with the territory with winning teams. My problem with so-called Laker fans is not that they're fairweather fans. My problem is that they're fairweather fans and they claim to be die-hard Laker fans. "I've been a fan since Showtime Lakers." Oh really? Where were you during the Randy Pfund years? More likely you're asking "who's Randy Pfund?" What really pissed me off is when all these Laker "fans" turned on Magic Johnson back in '96 after he got them into the playoffs. He saved the Lakers season, and when they lose to the defending champions they kick him to the curb?
Laker "fans" are possibly the worst fans in sports. They don't realize that they are fairweather fans. They can't even show up to the Finals on time. In a must win situation like game 3 was, your fans need to show up before the second quarter.
And please, Phil. Don't give these "fans" any excuses about being drained for the past few years. The Lakers have won 14 championships, 3 in the past 8 years. They almost pulled off one of the memorable upsets in the past few years. And they still have Kobe Bryant. Laker fans have no excuse to not be cheering for this team ardently.
Now I would consider myself a real Bucks fan. I remember hailing Todd Day back in the '92 draft as the savior our franchise. I've lived through the drafts of Vin Baker and Shawn Respert. I saw the Bucks trade away Dirk Nowitski for Robert freakin' Traylor. We've only been to the playoffs 6 times in the past 17 years. (Many Laker "fans," by the way, were wanting to miss the playoffs back in '93 so they could get a good draft pick. Spoiled brats.) I'm living off a single good season in the past 17 years.
Bucks fans have a right to feel drained. Hawks fans have a right to feel drained. Clippers fans have a right to feel drained. Laker fans have no business in the drainage business. They enjoyed success year after year, yet the "fans" don't show up. That's cause Laker "fans" just like Hollywood. Fake.