No, I actually love them. The reason is I can bash them so much, and it's easy because I see the whole story.
You seriously hate the C's i love it
Look, the two most annoyng fan bases in the world are:
1) New York Yankees. I have met plenty who belive if the Almighty Himself went up against a New York team, He would lose.
2) Boston Celtics: They live exclusively in the past.
I suppose we are in contention for #3. but that isn't the point. In my life, I have known in person, plenty of #1's and #2's. I won't deal with the New York fans in this thread. I actually like the Knicks, a lot, and have always respected them. To me, the Lakers Knicks rivalry 1970-73 was incredible, two wonderful teams. I will have no problem if the Knicks turn it around and start winning titles, hopefully not against us.
I came in at the tail end of the Lakers Celtics rivarly. I was in 7th-8th grade in 1967-69 when we lost our last two series to Russell's teams. It was at this point in my life I hit puberty, well ahead of my classmates, and enjoyed an incredible height advantage. I was one of the best basketball players at school, for awhile, until they caught up to me. No one could get a rebound away from me. No one could stop me by the basket. One of my good friends, and a better player, was a big Lakers fan. If not for him, I may not have become a Lakers fan, hadn't really heard of them, I was more into the Dodgers and the Angels. I didn't even watch the Lakers on TV or listen to them on the radio until 1969-70. So, the last two losses to Boston were something I just read about in the newspaper, as usual. What got me really into the Lakers was the night in 1969 when Wilt went down to a likely season ending injury. I tuned in on the radio that night and poor Chick Hearn was simply devasted. From that point on, I watched or listened to every game I could, to see how the Lakers would do without their big man. Been a loyal fan ever since.
During high school, there was no Lakers/Celtics rivalry, Boston ducked us in 1972, and 1973. After that, it took until 1984 to get it going again, plus a couple more seasons where Boston tanked to avoid losing to the Lakers. It was at this point in my adult life that I started meeting, mostly through work and school, plenty of Celtics fans. All they could do is harp on us for the 60's. Boston fans didn't really hate the Lakers that much until 1985, when little brother grew up and we started beating them. Signs were showing in the early 80's they were starting to despise us because we had a great team and they were second fiddle to the Sizers, who we beat 2 of 3 finals. Anyway, we sent them into oblivioon in 1987 and the hate from them started to grow. We dominated the 80's and they didn't.
In 2008, the old Celtics fans rejoined the bandwagon and plenty of new ones came aboard. They thought beating us again was to be expected, as they had done so many times years ago. As my signature shows, the head to head could be closer if they were as good as they think they are, but they aren't. Celtics fans love to cherry pick, selecting only what they want to. I know before we beat them in 2010, one C's fan was going on how Kobe had never beat the Celtics, only Kareem and Magic could. My response was where was Boston when Kobe was winning his other 4 rings? Of course, 2002 Boston ducked us, but other than that, they were fishing.
Celtics fans can only dwell on the past. Few fans are alive today that witnessed Boston's glory years. You have to be at least 67 to have seen it all, and even thought of remembering any of it. Median age in the USA is about 37, meaning half the Celtics fans were born after 1974 and remember 1 Celtics title, 2 if they are lucky. However, they have seen countless Lakes titles, and grandpappy always told them Celtics were better than the Lakers. Why wasn't it happening now? That translates to Lakers hate. Call it envy, call it whatever. Reality is, we are the better franchise.
Beyond those 17 banners, Boston Celtics history is a walking disaster.
Since Russell left:
13 times missed playoffs, including a recent 6 year in a row spell.
13 times lost series with home court advantage. Larry Bird accounts for 7 of them, pathetic!
9 first round playoff losses.
6 titles, but no back to back.
Countless seasons with very few wins.
Ducked Jordan's Bulls, only beat him before he got teammates
Dominated/Outshown in the Bird era by Sixers up front, Pistons at end, and Lakers throughout. In fact, in the modern era, the Lakers have a 10-4 title advantage!
No one cars what Boston did in hte stoneage. Those 11 Russell titles don't hold up anymore for a claim for them to be best. Yes, it's most titles, but those titles aren't worth as much as one earned today. I have asked plenty of Celtics fans in real life and on line, would they trade those Russell titles with the Lakers current ones if they still had 1 17-16 title advantage and 10-4 in the modern era? They won't answer, not a single one. Why? Because it proves my point, those Russell era titles aren't worth much. Of course they would trade them, but admitting they would trade them proves my point. They can't say no either because they are left holding that worthless stoneage fabric. So, they don't answer. That also proves my point.
Yep, i love the Celtics and their delusional fans. Bring them all to me, I'll take care of them set them straight. Little brother grew up and the NBA is the Lakers league, and has been for years.
Edited by Lakers_55, April 02, 2011 - 05:32 PM.