I was thinking about this a while ago, and the more I thought about it, the more I think that when I say "I hate the Lakers", they think I do, always have, always will.
For clarification, that's not the case.
I have absolutely no beef with the Lakers since 1999 and before. The truth is I hate Phil Jackson-led teams. I hated the Bulls too when he was there. On top of that, they whine while getting the most calls of anyone because of their superstars, and to top it all, they're lucky as hell. Makes me sick
It's the smug arrogance, the sense of entitlement he, his team, and their fans have about EVERYTHING, that also pisses me off, and has led to hatred after each cost my team something. Bulls in '98, Lakers in 2000.
So I really hate Phil Jackson teams.
I probably won't hate the Lakers much at all once this group breaks up.
If Phil then starts another one of his teams elsewhere, odds are I'll hate it too sooner or later.
But at the end of the day, I'd like to make it clear it's not the franchise I hate, it's the team that's represented it for the past 5 years.