I didn’t pick up much on it from TV, but apparently there were quite the annoying/obnoxious group of Lakers lovers, who were chanting ‘MVP’ when Kobe Bryant touched the ball and adorned in purple and gold gear at the Palace for Wednesday’s Pistons-Lakers game. Pistons coach John Kuester noticed, and wasn’t too impressed:
‘To tell you the truth, I was disappointed,’ Kuester said.
Even more disappointed? Natalie at Need4Sheed:
I was ashamed last night at the Palace of Auburn Hills for the first time in my life. It wasn’t the same felling of heartache when I watched LeBron take away a game five before my eyes, or when Horry hit that three that still haunts. This time the state of Michigan disappointed me to a point that I never thought I would get to…ever.
To be honest, I’m more offended that they chanted ‘MVP’ at Kobe when he’s not even the MVP of his own team. Chant it at Pau. That would be annoying still, but at least it would show at least a cursory understanding of basketball.
But the point Kuester and Natalie are making is well taken — one of the underplayed downsides of losing is that your home arena can often become a less friendly place to play than road arenas. When the Pistons were winning, there were a good percentage of fans who only cared about the team because they were a winner. Bandwagoners are a pain to everyone who is passionate about a team, win or lose, and suffers through the down periods, only to watch all of the dunderheads run back in, put their Kobe gear away and pull their Pistons stuff out of mothballs when the team gets good again.
Ultimately, though, there’s an easy way to not have fans chanting ‘MVP’ for an opposing player in your home arena: win games.
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