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Articles tagged: Lakers Fans

Steve Ballmer has trash talk for Lakers fans

If there are two things that Steve Ballmer likes taking shots at, it’s Apple products and the Los Angeles Lakers fanbase. This week saw him get in a bit more of the latter.

The LA Clippers owner spoke on Friday with Bill Plaschke of the LA Times and took a few digs at Laker fans.

“Why did so many in the town cheer against us?” said Ballmer. “At some points it gets like this. For a long time the Clippers were nothing, so nobody had to pay attention. For people who had been Lakers fans forever, there’s no threat. We’ll, we’ve gotten pretty good. We’re actually serious. You can see we’re serious. We’re not the old screwed-up franchise in town. We’re getting our act together. I think because we’re getting our act together, it gets people like, ‘C’mon, you can’t get your act together. It’s just my team. My team is the only one that matters!’

“I have been surprised by animus from Lakers fans,” Ballmer added. “My message has sort of been, “Why, you don’t have enough confidence in your guys? There are 29 other teams you have to beat to win a championship. But you must be pretty worried about us. The Lakers are a great organization, a great franchise. But Laker fans, you must be a little worried about us.”

The last couple of years have marked perhaps the first time in NBA history that both the Lakers and Clippers have been contenders at the same time. As such, it has become apparent that Laker fans care more about the Clippers than they care to admit. Many of them were extremely mad online when the Clippers broke ground on their new state-of-the-art arena in Inglewood, Calif., and some even cheered Kawhi Leonard’s injury last postseason.

Los Angeles has always been a Lakers town, but moving to their own arena will help the Clippers finally escape out of the Lakers’ shadow. Ballmer can sense the shifting power balance as well, which is why he has gotten in shots at the Lakers before.

Lakers fans bid Alex Caruso farewell after $37 million deal with Bulls

Alex Caruso

Alex Caruso is getting paid elsewhere, and Los Angeles Lakers fans have nothing but love for him.

Caruso agreed to a 4-year $37 million deal with the Chicago Bulls in free agency. The Lakers and the team’s fans knew there was a possibility Caruso would leave in free agency, and that time has come. Even though Caruso is headed to the Bulls, Lakers fans were supportive of the 27-year-old guard.

Many Lakers Twitter accounts shared love for Caruso and wished him well.

Even Jared Dudley, who has spent the last two seasons with the Lakers, had something nice to say about Caruso.

Celebrity fan O’Shea Jackson Jr. gave Caruso a big shoutout.

The 27-year-old guard spent the last four seasons with the Lakers. He averaged 6.4 points and 2.8 assists in 21.0 minutes per game last season. Caruso also won a ring with the Lakers in 2020.

It’s a good thing for him that his June arrest didn’t cost him free agent interest.

Lakers fans have vulgar chant for Jae Crowder

Jae Crowder

Los Angeles Lakers fans had a vulgar chant for Jae Crowder during Thursday’s playoff game.

Early in Game 3 of the first-round series between the Lakers and Phoenix Suns, some Lakers fans chanted “f— Jae Crowder.”

What is their issue with Crowder? He has been physical when facing the Lakers. Take a look at what he did when handling Anthony Davis after a screen late in Game 2:

On the other hand, Crowder also was on the receiving end of a kick to the groin from Davis in Game 2.

Crowder is a bit of a pest as a player. Lakers fans taunting him in this manner can actually be taken as a signal of respect that he is getting under their skin.

Markieff Morris reassures Lakers fans about Clippers rumors

Markieff Morris

Markieff Morris did his best to reassure Los Angeles Lakers fans about the rumored pursuit of him by the rival Clippers.

Morris re-signed with the Lakers last month for the veteran’s minimum. Before that was announced, there were some reports tying him to the Clippers. One report said Markieff wanted to team up with his twin brother. Another report said the Clippers were competing with the Lakers for his services.

“That was just talk, man. They were trying to scare the Lakers fans,” Morris said Thursday regarding the rumors.

Lakers fans will appreciate that.

Markieff was picked up by the Lakers in February after being waived by the Pistons. The 31-year-old averaged 9.7 points and 3.8 rebounds per game in 14 games with the Lakers during the regular season. He appeared in 21 playoff games and averaged 5.9 points and 3.0 rebounds.

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Lakers not planning to have fans at home games for now

LeBron James

The Los Angeles Lakers announced on Wednesday that they are not planning to have fans attend games for next season until further notice.

The Lakers sent a press release with the announcement.

“Following the guidance of state and local health officials, the Los Angeles Lakers have announced that Lakers games for the 2020-2021 season will be held without fans until further notice,” the Lakers said.

“The health and safety of our fans, players, staff and community are our main priority and we will continue to work with state and local officials to come up with a plan to safely welcome fans back to STAPLES Center in adherence with local, state and NBA guidelines.

“We appreciate your continued support and look forward to coming together, when it is safe to do so, to celebrate the raising of our banner and the question for another NBA championship.”

The Lakers broke a streak of six straight seasons missing the playoffs by reaching them last season. They won the franchise’s first championship since the 2009-2010 season.

The NBA would like to have fans in attendance for games next season, but things will depend on local health regulations. The league is considering some alterations to their usual season structure given the COVID-19 circumstances.

Lakers fans shatter championship swag record previously held by Cavs fans

LeBron James sitting

The Los Angeles Lakers are bringing the Larry O’Brien Trophy back to Staples Center for the first time in a decade, and their fans are celebrating accordingly.

Lakers fans were not able to witness LeBron James lead their team to an NBA title in person, so they are making up for it by buying up as much championship merchandise as they can. On Monday, Fanatics announced that Lakers fans shattered the previous record for most merchandise sold after a title. Lakers fans bought as much swag in 12 hours as Cleveland Cavaliers fans — the previous record holders — bought in 30 hours after the 2016 NBA Finals.

Obviously, L.A. is a much bigger market than Cleveland. However, the 2016 title that LeBron helped deliver for the Cavs was their first in franchise history. The Lakers have won 17 championships and six in the last 20 years, so many of their fans have been here before. The sales numbers prove that it doesn’t get old.

If Lakers fans shattered the merchandise record by that wide of a margin, it’s safe to say the only person who celebrated harder than them was J.R. Smith.

Lakers fans, show everyone who runs LA with this great T-shirt. It makes a perfect gift for you or a friend. You can buy it here.

ABC announcer Mark Jackson blasts Lakers fans over Danny Green death threats

Mark Jackson

ABC announcer Mark Jackson blasted Los Angeles Lakers fans on Sunday night for issuing death threats to Danny Green and his fiancee.

Green missed an open 3-pointer in Game 5 of the NBA Finals on Friday night, playing a role in the team losing to the Miami Heat. The series was extended to a sixth game as a result.

During Game 6 of the Finals, Jackson said he was “embarrassed” for the people who sent the death threats. Fellow analyst Jeff Van Gundy said he wasn’t so sure about Jackson’s remark that “we’re better than that.”

There is a reason why “fan” is short for “fanatic,” and that is because some people can take things too seriously. Those on the receiving end of the threats should do their best to ignore this sort of thing, especially if it comes from random social media accounts that don’t matter.

As we have seen many times in the world of sports, death threats can happen when players make mistakes. Nobody should be going to that extreme.

LeBron James shares what he has learned about Lakers fans

LeBron James

LeBron James has learned a lot about the Los Angeles Lakers since joining the team before last season. He’s particularly become more informed about the high expectations of the team’s fanbase.

James gave a good summation of what he found Laker fans to be like: the expectations are high, and what you’ve done before does not matter.

“The Laker faithful don’t give a damn what you’ve done before,” James said Thursday, via Mark Medina of USA Today. “Until you become a Laker, you’ve got to do it with them as well. They don’t care about your resume at all until you become a Laker. Then you got to do it as a Laker.”

LeBron probably learned this early when not all Laker fans were overjoyed by his arrival. If he didn’t then, he has now.

The good news for James is he is now a win away from bringing a title back to Los Angeles. If he gets the championship, any doubters will probably be won over.

Lakers fans, show everyone who runs LA with this great T-shirt. It makes a perfect gift for you or a friend. You can buy it here.

Clippers mural in LA defaced by apparent Lakers fan

With both Los Angeles NBA teams pushing for contention in 2020, it’s fair to say that the rivalry is escalating again. How can you tell? Murals and billboards being defaced is a pretty good indicator.

Some Clippers murals and billboards in the city have been tagged, with whoever did it using purple and gold paint and making it pretty clear they’re no fans of the Clippers.

This particular mural has “LWO” painted on it in Lakers colors. LWO could be an acronym for “Lakers World Order.”

The fact that Kawhi Leonard and Paul George, a pair of Los Angeles-area natives, chose to come to the Clippers is definitely bothersome for some Laker fans. That, combined with the rivalry being what it is, is enough to inspire this sort of thing.

It’s worth keeping in mind that the shoe was on the other foot only a year ago. This is probably not the last of this we’ll see.

Watch: Kawhi Leonard booed at Rams game in Los Angeles

Los Angeles is still a Lakers town, and the city’s fans reminded us of that fact on Sunday.

Kawhi Leonard attended Sunday’s Rams-Tampa Bay Buccaneers game in Los Angeles and was booed when shown on the scoreboard.

Leonard chose to sign with the Clippers as a free agent over the Lakers, and likely played the purple and gold in the process.

The two-time NBA Finals MVP being booed by his home city’s fans prove how many passionate Lakers fans are still upset with him over the choice. The rivalry between the two teams is going to be great this season.