The Los Angeles Lakers have the best fanbase in the entire NBA. There is no group of fans as large and as passionate about their team than the Lakers and it isn’t hard to see why when there has been so much excellence for the organization throughout the years.
Having so much support from the fanbase has naturally put a target on the Lakers’ back. If a basketball fan is not a fan of the Lakers then there is a good chance that they hate the team. It seems like that is the case with other actual NBA teams as well.
Los Angeles is always treated differently for whatever reason. The Utah Jazz reminded fans of that recently with the team’s interesting decision regarding Collin Sexton. Sexton did not play for weeks for the Jazz after participating in All-Star Weekend festivities. Suddenly, Sexton’s hamstring injury appeared to be healed as he suited up against the Lake Show on Tuesday.
But this was not Sexton returning for the final four games of the year so he could get some hoops in before the season ended. After returning to only play the Lakers, Sexton is inactive on Thursday for the Jazz.
Jazz prove that there is a vendetta against the Los Angeles Lakers.
The Los Angeles Lakers are attempting to make it out of the NBA Play-In Tournament and become one of the top-six teams in the Western Conference. Every team that Los Angeles plays down the stretch knows this.
It is just really convenient that the Jazz activates one of its best players for the game against the Lakers only to instantly rule him out for the following game. If this was the Chicago Bulls as they fight for a spot in the play-in would the Jazz have done the same thing? Probably not.
The ironic part is that Utah can further prove that there is a vendetta against the purple and gold if they once again activate Sexton for the last game of the year. If Sexton sits on Thursday and Saturday but returns in the season finale against Los Angeles then there is no other way to splice it.
Hey, maybe it all boils down to Danny Ainge. Ainge is a Boston guy and he is the one calling the shots for Utah. But as Lakers fans know, this isn’t an isolated incident. There genuinely seems to be a vendetta against the Lake Show.