You can do nothing, you can do something…. Or you can do the right thing-- The immortal words from Spike Lee’s "Do the right thing."
Kings fans, this is an empassioned plea from the rest of the basketball loving world—Do the right thing and don’t let your kids become Lakers fans. When your team leaves for Anaheim this summer there are three ways to play it. You can do nothing; be bitter and angry at the NBA for taking your beloved team, and write off basketball forever, ala the citizens of Seattle, and never regail your kids with tails of Mitch Ritchmond, C-Webb, and Peja, and hope your kid doesn’t find basketball on his own and immediately jump on to the winningest teams bandwagon, and risk it being the Lakers bandwagon, no-way. You can do something, and not drop the sport you love completely and float around team to team player to player until your kids eyes find another team or player to root for, and because they’re kids they will probably bandwagon jump on to you guessed it the Lakers, and could you really have your kid root for the Lakers.
Or you can do the right thing; and continue to follow the team you love, and because its 2011 you can watch every game every night on tv, and let’s be honest other than a few season ticket holders the majority of the fanbase wasn’t going to Arco every night. If you’re my age (21) then part of your basketball life was at one time Kings-Lakers. How could any Kings fan at any point in their lives ever let their kid grow up a Lakers fan? That’s the risk you take by not doing the right thing and continuing to follow the team you love, especially in the modern fan era when you can talk to fans every night on the blogs, only after watching every game on your computer of big screen, only after listening to the post-game podcast, and looking to see what D-Cuzz tweeted that night. Other than that one, or possibly two nights a year, when you decide to pony up the 200+ for tickets and parking and merchandise for the kids to go to the game, what is preventing the fan in 2011 from following his team from afar? And is it worth it to forgo the bond you will create through sports with your kid? And Kids CANNOT be left to their own devices to pick their sports teams—IF you don’t do the right thing Kings fans or should I say Royals fans— your sons and daughters will probably get enticed by the bright lights and winning ways of Hollywood and be rocking kobe jerseys before you can scream out TIM DONAGHY!!!