Being a non-Laker fan living in Los Angeles throughout my high school and college years, I’ve been accused, on many occasions of being a “hater”. At the time, I thought that term was so pretentious.
What, just cause I’m not a fan that makes me a hater? Doesn’t everyone hate something? So aren’t we all haters?
I fought the title vehemently. For years. To friends, colleagues, diehard Laker fans on Insidehoops.com. Even the then-girlfriend.
Today, I found out Rip Hamilton is coming to Hong Kong this weekend. And after a quick call to NBA PRs, I was told I’ll get to tag along with Rip for an hour or two as the NBA HK suits give him a tour of the city.
I write a column in the South China Morning Post called CitySeen, it’s like a gossipy preview/review of what’s happening/happened in Hong Kong. So I start thinking about how I’m gonna write about Rip Hamilton’s weekend on Monday. Since Rip isn’t a household name here, I’d have to introduce him with a descriptive clause at the start of the piece. I ran a few ideas through my head…
Richard Hamilton, two time all star.
Richard Hamilton, 12 year NBA veteran guard.
Richard Hamilton, who famously outdueled Kobe Bryant in the 2004 Finals.
I think I’m gonna go with option C. Because yes, I guess I am a hater.
(This entry is half joking by the way, I fully acknowledge Kobe’s status as a top ten player all time–although below Duncan and Shaq–and top two player currently. So please, crazy Latino Laker fans, don’t spam me.)