What is a team without its home crowd? In the NBA it’s better to be winning on the road than at home, but when you come home, what do you have to look forward to other than wife and kids if your home crowd is bad?
I’m sure this is what Hawks players think every time they return from a road trip. Unfortunately for teams with bad home crowds, other teams can come in there and step on them, with their fans not even caring.
If a teams’ fans lack the passion, that’s just sad, especially if the team deserves to have fans. For example, the Oakland A’s have been on a rampage the past month. Still, however, their stadium is half full. They may be in Oakland, yes, but that doesn’t seem to stop the Warriors’ fans. With that being said, here’s a list of the worst crowds for the good teams.
1. Atlanta Hawks:
The Hawks, arguable, have one of the worst fan bases in the NBA today. Sure, they took the first seeded Pacers to a Game 7 first round this year, but still, the arena wasn’t completely sold out, and they had tickets for less than $30. For the Warriors, a week before the game, the tickets were priced at $70, standing room only.
The Hawks are an excellent basketball team who deserve more than the fans are giving them.
As much as it bugs me to say this, I think that the Hawks should move from Atlanta to a place where they feel more appreciated for finishing sixth in the standings. The only game that their fans truly showed up for was Game 6.
2. Los Angeles Lakers:
I’m not talking about the bandwagon Laker fans out of the state. Here, I’m talking about the actual fans in LA. The Lakers have been one of the best teams in the decade because of Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. Still, their fans are even worse than Heat fans.
They are very quiet and don’t even peep when the Lakers are on a 20-0 run.
There’s no excuse not to get excited when your team qualifies for the playoffs, or Nick Young hits a couple 3-pointers in a row. I understand that it’s L.A. and people are going to have fun at a game, but at least show some passion.
There aren’t many diehards in LA, are there? Their parade in 2009 was huge, but I believe that some of those fans are now Clipper fans, as the Clippers just made the second round.
3. Miami Heat:
Until Game 7, whenever the Spurs and the Heat played in Miami, it sounded like an empty arena. The only thing that was overpowering was the over voice.
We shouldn’t be surprised at all, however. Despite the reign of the King, LeBron James, in the regular season, the arena was quiet and had empty seats. Is that any way to treat the best team in the NBA?
How can you leave early when your team is down by so little? They tied the game and went right into overtime.
How can you have so little faith in your team, especially when their whole season is on the line.
Those are probably the same guys that were sitting at home doing something else while the Heat were in the midst of their horrible 15-67 season. Where did all these fans come from?