NBA: Ranking the 4 Biggest Bandwagon Fanbases In the League

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Feb 21, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Clippers guard Chris Paul (not pictured) posters are held by fans during the game against the San Antonio Spurs at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

This article is going to make many unhappy. I’m upset that fans cannot just accept their current teams, and be in it for the long haul. When your team is feeling pain, you must also feel pain.

I feel for the true Miami Heat fans who have been there since the Dwyane Wade championship era, and the true Los Angeles Lakers fans who were there when the Lakers missed the playoffs.

The reason for the hate is all the undeserved support a team gets just because they’re good. A team should have the loyalty of its fans the whole way, not just for the easy parts. The fact that you’ve supported your team for the longest time, through the good and bad, should give you the satisfaction when you’re team is finally good. One of my friends calls himself a faithful fan, but then says, “why would you like a team that sucks?” That is the definition of bandwagon fan right there.

For example, the Warriors fans are filled with devoted men and women who suffer with this team, and exult with this team. If you do like this team, but only when they were good, I’m sorry, you’re a bandwagon fan. Please explain why you do this in the comment section.

This is in order..

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Topics: Feauted, Los Angeles Clippers, Los Angeles Lakers, Miami Heat, New York Knicks

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  • Andrew Lavaque-Casali

    I really enjoy this article. I have been a heat fan my whole life and stuck through some pretty bad seasons. Most bandwagon fans know nothing about the sport most of the time. I went to a magic vs thunder game not too long ago and one bandwagon thunder fan thought an offensive rebound was an alley oop. They were bros. I think bandwagon fans are probably insecure people that just want to be cool.

    • Tej Kamaraju

      Thanks for the Comment!

      Totally agreed. I honor the fact that you’ve been a true Heat fan for a while. Few others can say that truthfully. It must be very annoying to have to deal with everyone in Miami saying that they’re Heat fans.

  • cheney2jail

    Ignorant left coast fool. Knicks have had sold-out games and diehard fans even in the worst years. Walt Frazier and the rest of the great knocks teams are heros who are recognized on the street. Bernard King, Patrick Ewing and others also have a big following. And yeah, knicks fans respect great players on other teams (sometimes while hating them). That’s because NYC is one of the true centers of street level basketball in the US, and there’s no place where fans are more knowledgeable. The default for most native New Yorkers is ‘knicks fan’.

    • Tej Kamaraju

      their homecrowd is crazy about them, yes, but they can easily be swayed by dazzling performances. Also, im 100% certain the Knicks did not have out-of-state support when they missed the playoffs by a long shot.