Hmmmmm.....seems lie everyone loves to hate the dynasties. When I was in LA
and going to all those Kings hockey games back in the mid 80's, we absolutely hated the Edmonton Oilers, and every time that Wayne Gretzky hit the ice, we'd yell "Gretzky sucks, Gretzky sucks...". Did he suck? Not by a long shot. We were jealous because he and his team were so good. But eventually, their time would run out, and it did. Then Gretz got traded to the Kings, and everybody immediately changed their opinions of him.
So what can we glean from this.....simple, those who hate the Lakers are just (steady, people) jealous of their success. Put Shaq or Kobe on their favorite team, and presto, instant love affair.
So,as the saying goes, "don't hate player, hate the game".
Tom in NO (at MSY
"The criminal ineptitude makes you furious"-Bruce Springsteen, after seeing firsthand the damage from Hurricane Katrina