Over the past six years, in Hong Kong and New York, whenever I meet someone for the first time, and it’s been established that I love the NBA, I get asked the inevitable question: “You’re a Laker fan huh?”
“But…you’re from LA. So what’s your team?”
“I don’t have a team. I root for certain players, and good basketball.”
This logic is sometimes lost on people, especially diehard fans themselves. They almost try to make excuses for me, to justify why I’m not a Laker fan.
“Oh I get it, because you’ve been living in Hong Kong for so long, right?”
“Naw man, I was known as a Laker hater even back when I lived in LA, used to get in crazy arguments with high school friends to the point we don’t speak for days.”