My Second Favorite NBA Team

For many years, the Phoenix Suns under Mike D’Antoni were (almost) everyone’s “second favorite team,” and why not? They were fun, exciting, joyful, and kinetic.  But ever since Steve Kerr took a wrecking ball to the roster and D’Antoni moved east, sentimental favorites have been slow to surface.

As NBA rosters are beginning to flesh out, the TrueHoop Network bloggers were asked to write about their second favorite team — the squad they’d adopt if their club was Sonicsized, the team they might go upstairs with if they had a few too many at the hotel lounge.  Is it a specific player that draws them in?  A scheme? An organizational philosophy?  Alternate jerseys? A general vibe? Here was my answer:

I’m a fan whore, so in addition to the Bulls I also follow the Celtics (because I’m a Larry Bird fan from way back) and the Pacers (because I grew up in Indiana). That said, if the earth opened up and swallowed those three teams, I’d start following the Clippers. No, really!
I mean, think about it. As a fan, the worst possible experience is watching my team fail when I expected them to succeed. Well, the Clippers are never expected to succeed. And that’s actually a good thing, because there’s no pressure whatsoever. The Clippers would never crush my optimism because I wouldn’t have any. Then the rare victory would be that much sweeter. It would be like walking down a dark alley and, instead of getting brutally mugged, finding a crisp new one hundred dollar bill.
Look, watching the Bulls start out slowly (thanks to that damn circus road trip) and then fight to make the playoffs every season really stresses me out. Following the Clippers would be great for my blood pressure, plus I’d get to make Clippers jokes all the time. That would provide an endless source of material. Just ask Kevin Arnovitz and Bill Simmons.


10 Responses to My Second Favorite NBA Team

    felipe garcia August 21, 2009 at 6:48 pm #


    andres Lopez August 21, 2009 at 10:10 pm #

    Yah, who cares about what you think lol

    Moe August 21, 2009 at 11:50 pm #

    It’s a blog. That’s the whole point of a blog. It’s what he thinks about, and writes about, and because you came to this site, you presumably are interested. My favorite teams, after the Bulls of course.

    1. Bobcats (Love the philosophy of drafting great, proven college players. And now they have Tyson Chandler, one of my favorite players)

    2. Lakers (Kobe)

    3. Oklahoma City (They’re going to be very fun to watch this year)

    bill thomas August 22, 2009 at 7:11 pm #

    Yah, like lopez & garcia said: who care about what you think also lol jk

    bill thomas August 22, 2009 at 7:38 pm #

    Yah, just like Lopez said: ‘who care about what you think also’ lol jk

    Boppinbob August 24, 2009 at 6:24 pm #

    I moved to Chicago in the Spring of 1985 from Southern Connecticut. When I paid attention to the NBA, I was usually mostly interested in the Knicks. I became a Bulls/NBA fan once I moved to Chicago. Jordan was a big influence in that interest, but not the only one. My second favorite team is the Celtics. I like the way the build through the draft and acquire savy veterans at the end of their careers. After the Celtics I follow the Cavs and Lakers, because of the two top players in the league are fun to watch.

  7. chris August 25, 2009 at 12:46 am #

    I hate the celtics hate the Knicks, Die Hard BULLS over the past couple years i have quitely rooted for the spurs as my second favorite team LOVE TIMMY D,

    DJ August 26, 2009 at 4:53 am #

    I also hate the Celtics, Lakers, Knicks, Spurs & Detroit. I am only a die hard Bulls fan since the Jordan eras. The only teams I have respect for, are the ones that are still trying to win their first championship lol (like Cleveland)

    Max power August 26, 2009 at 4:59 am #

    I agree, I am also a die hard Bulls fan since the Jordan eras, I hate teams with 3 or more championship like: the Lakers, Celtics, Spurs and Detroit. The only teams I want to see win a championship if the Bulls don’t win one, are the ones that have not won a championship yet! lol

    mike killer August 26, 2009 at 5:08 am #

    Hell yah! F those other teams that have already a championship at least like: the Lakers and Celtics. The only team that I want to see win a championship multiple times are the Bulls baby!!! If not, other teams that are trying to win their first championship like: Cleveland, Orlando, Portland and Denver. lol

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