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.