Jerry West: Warriors Fans ‘Much Better’ Than Lakers Fans
Jerry West, or "The Logo" as he's sometimes called, was a coach and longtime general manager of the Lakers following his legendary playing career, moving over to the Warriors in 2011 as a consultant and executive board member. So is there a more complete expert on the two franchises?
Here's West on the Jim Rome Show comparing the two fan bases (via Slam Online):
Spending most of his playing and management career with the Los Angeles Lakers, West was asked if Golden State fans were better or just different than Laker fans. […] “Oh, much better than L.A. fans. Ok, much better, they don’t ever leave the game,” West said.
“Once [the Lakers] moved into Staples Center, our fan base changed I thought, and even though I was only one year there, but I did think that our fan base had changed, but a completely different kind of fan in Los Angeles,” West said. “Los Angeles has a lot of corporate fans there who different people sit in different seats. You can go around Oracle Arena there right now and you will see the same people sitting in the same seats every night and it’s refreshing, but the fans in Los Angeles are great, but as I’ve said, I’ve never seen fans like this in my life.”
It's indeed hard to breed loyalty when you've got Leonardo DiCaprio, various Kardashians and Justin Bieber in the front row seats for the games against the Cavaliers, and just regular millionaires there for the Hornets and Pacers.
I've been to both places and Golden State/Oakland has not yet lost that blue collar/community feeling that makes the fan experience great. A Lakers game is like a trendy nightclub, while Oracle is is still a sporting event.
West also commented on Doc Rivers' assertion that the Warriors won the title because they were lucky.
“I really like Doc a lot. Frankly, I was not disappointed that he said it, but you need good fortune to win. It’s not necessarily luck, you need good fortune, you need the right balance,” West said. “We will see how lucky the Clippers are this year.
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