Sometime around the mid 80's, I fell in love with basketball. It all started with the Boston Celtics and Los Angeles rivalry. My father pulled for Larry Bird and the Celtics, while I cheered on the Showtime Lakers.
Byron Scott was my favorite player and the guy I tried to emulate on the court. I can't even begin to fathom how many hours I spent shooting baseline jumpers from outside the three point line.
Did I choose the Lakers because they were good? Sadly... yes. I've never been proud of that. But I stuck with them when they started losing in the early to mid 90's.
It took a couple years to find a new favorite player after the Lakers released Scott, but Eddie Jones eventually ascended and claimed the throne. I was hoping he'd be a Laker for life, but that wasn't to be. In 1999, he was traded to the Charlotte Hornets.
Finding a new favorite player wasn't difficult, since that's about the same time when Kobe was beginning to blossom into one of the best players in the league.
Throughout most of the 2000's, I continued my Laker fandom. But then it hit me like an elbow from The Worm to the nose. The game of basketball started changing. Dream teams were being built. The Lakers traded for Gasol. Boston traded for Allen and Garnett. LeBron and Bosh signed with Miami.
My solution? Start cheering for the underdogs. I started to root more openly for the Golden State Warriors, who were my 2nd favorite team.
They're local, their tickets were always pretty affordable, and with guys like Monta Ellis and Steph Curry, they were fun to watch and collect.
But as luck would have it... they started winning too, which was the straw that broke the camel's back. I decided to focus on everything and anything outside of basketball. Honestly the decision was a lot easier than anticipated. And for the most part, I didn't regret my decision.
Well... until recently.
After watching some amazing college basketball, I have decided to start collecting basketball cards again. My focus will be on my favorite teams... the Golden State Warriors, the Boston Celtics, the San Antonio Spurs, and the Cleveland Cavaliers.
I haven't figured out who my favorite, favorite team is, but I'll let you know after I see who wins the NBA Title.
Happy April Fool's Day and sayonara!