Regular Lakers fans 30%
Regular Lakers fans are just that: regular. They watch Lakers games, have favorite players and moments, enjoy keeping up to date on things relevant to the franchise, and generally hate the Celtics and Clippers. While regular Lakers fans
can have arguments, take positions and make statements like some of the other types of Lakers fans below, regular Lakers fans don’t make that their identity. Regular Lakers fans want to see the team successful and are generally about to have positive interactions with other members of Lakers Twitter on a day to day basis.
TMZ Lakers fans 10%
These members of Lakers twitter thrive on non-basketball related information, scandals and fake news like players breaking up with their significant others, getting kicked out of night clubs, or being photographed with a Kardashian. TMZ Lakers fans hate “Deangelo Rusell” (and can rarely spell his name correctly) because he “snitched” on Swaggy P (real name unknown to them) and ruined his relationship with Ziggy Malaria or something.
You generally see more IG photo links and “RT/Fav/I follow back 💛💜💛💜💛💜#Lakersnation #Chloe&Lamar” tweets than anything actually related to basketball. These fans rely heavily on LakersNation.com for their sports information.
Grumpy Old Man Lakers fans 10%
Much like Uncle Rico in the movie “Napoleon Dynamite,” Grumpy Old Man Lakers fans peaked in the early to mid 80’s. They tend to make several references to “The Forum,” and “Showtime” in tweets, and generally describe their basketball philosophy as “old school/tough love.” The most famous Grumpy Old Man Lakers fan of all time, former coach Byron Scott, famously displayed all the characteristics of a Grumpy Old Man Lakers fan when he coached the Lakers, including an emphasis on NOT shooting three point shots and alienating young players.
Grumpy Old Man Lakers fans generally put no value in young players, often advocate to trade promising young talent for older vets, and refuse to acknowledge that any current player has “mental toughness” like Magic, Worthy and A.C. Green did.
Laker Trolls 20%
Laker Trolls are the bedrock of Lakers Twitter. They get the most attention, are often subtweeted by fans of other teams, and constantly say the inflammatory things to get their shine. Trolls often take hard stances on the margins of Lakers topics. They either “hate the Lakers hiring Magic because he wasn’t even a top 20 player all-time and has no experience” or “love the Magic hire because he is clearly the next Pat Riley and will immediately return the Lakers to contention.” Most trolls constantly slander the young players currently on the roster, and bounce about from trade rumor to free agent signing rumor, advocating for the franchise to mortgage the future for established players. Another old trick of the troll trade is to elevate a role player or bench rider over one or more starters at the same position.
A recent example of Lakers Twitter troll action has been the “Nance Better” Movement, in which trolls post imaginary reasons why fan favorite Larry Nance Jr. is better than established starting power forward Julius Randle. Laker Trolls often make references to the amount of money in their bank accounts, use sarcasm and ad hominem attacks to support their ridiculous opinions, and enjoy making Lakers related memes with their twitter handles on them.
Stupid Lakers fans 20%
Every NBA team has them. Due to the fact that the Lakers organization has such a long and storied history of championship success, the team has acquired many fans in Los Angeles and across the world. Within any large group of people, a small percentage will be…stupid. Lakers Twitter is not immune to this small but vocal population. Some popular things stupid Lakers fans might say include “Kobe should come out of retirement,” “Lakers are going to sign (insert player who is not a free agent)” and a plethora of impossible trade scenarios that don’t take salary cap restrictions or common sense into account. Stupid Lakers fans come from every age, race, creed and religion. Unfortunately, Twitter has yet to create an algorithm to remove them all at once, so they must be blocked one by one.
“I’m not a Blogger, I’m a journalist” Lakers fans 10%
There are many excellent writers, reporters, bloggers, and passionate fans that make Lakers Twitter the most vibrant of all the NBA social media communities. However, because LA is a major sports market and one of the two biggest sports journalism centers in the United States, the line can be blurred as to whether or not a particular person on Lakers twitter is as “legit” as they may claim to be. There are so many ways for sports information, opinion, and entertainment to be consumed, and so many ways to gauge “success” in the community, that there is no clear definition for what a Lakers journalist is. It is amongst this uncertainty and vagueness where the NAB (not a blogger) Lakers fan is born. While a salaried employee of a major network or sports publication with a press pass and team access would certainly qualify as a legitimate journalist, what about the guy who writes editorials and trade click bait for $20 per article? What about the guy who made a Weebly website with the word “Lakers” in it and wrote a few blogs about their free agency targets for Magic and Pelinka? In general, the vast majority of people who write about the Lakers online are not making a living off of it. This is not a criticism, as there is nothing wrong with blogging about your favorite team. Unfortunately, power corrupts. “I’m not a blogger, I’m a journalist” Lakers fans used to be hobby bloggers, but after enough likes, retweets, and podcast interviews, they start to see themselves as a bit more “official” than they really are. I think the easiest way to tell whether or not a person is actually a serious journalist is asking them if they are a serious journalist. 99% of the actual journalists and reports on Lakers Twitter run away from that type of recognition and mostly just let their work speak for them.
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