As a Lakers fan, I realize that most other Lakers fans do not buy into the whole "conspiracy theory", so this might actually be a better post to put up on other teams' blogs, but I don't feel like joining the other 29 NBA blogs here just to post a story that'll probably get me kicked out off each one, so I'm putting it up here.
Well, I'm guessing that most of the Lakers' fanbase is aware of the conspiracy theory that results in LA getting highly favorable calls because the league favors them and wants them in the playoffs. This is brought up often, but it's seemed to be a really popular theory this year, with loads of of people saying that this "conspiracy" is one of the key reasons why LA is making a push for the playoffs.
I'm not sure whether some other people understand this, but the Lakers are in pretty massive shit right now. We're not running away with the league getting good calls so that we end up in the playoffs dominating everyone. LA has struggled for the whole year, dealing with injuries and lackluster performances; they're scratching and clawing to make it into the playoffs as the number eight seed. We are not on some "miraculous run to the playoffs". We are winning more than we're losing, just enough to have a record three games over .500 at the start of April. Seriously.
I honestly don't get the conspiracy theory, because the Lakers have found success by playing well and being good. To quote this comment by SSR_
"...Wanna know the reason why the Lakers have been so successful the past 30+ years? Because guys like George Mikan, Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, Gail Goodrich, Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, James Worthy, Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, and Pau Gasol have been part of our team. Those are all Hall of Famers who have brought this team championship after championship. Not David Stern, not the refs, nothing."
THIS is the reason why LA is one of the premier teams in the NBA; they have some of the greatest players in history. They've had great guys at the helm of the franchise (Jerry Buss, Phil Jackson, etc). They are a damn good team, a historic team. So are the Celtics and some other teams. Are there conspiracy theories about them? I believe not (I may be wrong, but I doubt it since I find no proof of conspiracy theory at the level of the Lakers' one).
I do not get the conspiracy theory; it's like... Well, I dunno what it's like, since the only other ones I can think of are Area 51/aliens and Biggie shot Pac, and they don't really apply. The Lakers' conspiracy is nothing but an excuse made by some malicious
bastards meanies who hate the Lakers success, ignoring the fact that if their teams had massive success they would immediately preach the hard work and history that had gotten their squad into such a good position. Haters can hate? Guess so.
At the same time, I do not hate people who believe in this conspiracy, and there are plenty of other fans who don't think about any sorta conspiracy about LA. It is the idea itself that is dumb. I mean, we might as well just classify the entire Lakers organization as Illuminati and put them up there with Jay-Z, Rihanna, Halle Berry, Beyonce, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Chris Brown, Obama, Michael Jackson and a long list of famous people who have found success (which, strangely enough seems to include a predominant amount of rappers and other black celebrities; CONSPIRACY).
Just... Lay off about the Lakers. Hate them, do not blame their wins on the league favoring them. You could take every botched call ever made that positively affected the Lakers, mash it together and call it a conspiracy. Nah.
BTW, I'm not targeting anyone - Cadellac, not you or your post - I just got recently reminded about the whole thing.