As I watched the Lakers and Mavericks play last night, it occurred to me that I was watching to see the Lakers lose. And when the Mavericks pulled the upset, I was happy.
I grew up a Warriors fan and naturally the Southern California counterparts are the teams I consider rivals. Granted the Lakers have been great for the past decade whereas the Warriors have been the opposite, it’s still nice to see the Lakers, the fans (including bandwagon ones) be miserable after the loss. With all the hype of their offseason acquisitions, this was cherry on the top.
Then I started to think about what this Lakers loss to me means. In a way, I valued a Lakers loss to the equal of a Warriors win. Seeing the Lakers lose was just as gratifying as a Warriors win.