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As a 26 year old, most of my childhood and adult years of basketball fandom have included a heavy dose of unadulterated hatred for the Lakers franchise. There was always respect for Kobe’s abilities in his prime but for the most part, I found the franchise loathsome. Now, after three years of being a bottom-feeding team and the expulsion of Bryant, I can now say I actually kinda like this team.

Seeing them be humiliated and relegated to the basement unlike they’d ever really been before was endearing to me. They’re a fun, young TEAM of players.

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