A recent comment by Socalpurplecurse10 about judgement got me thinking about the recent 'rift' in commenters here at STR about DMC. Many seem to feel personally attacked and comment to ask others to stop being so critical / be more positive about the team, and then the usual arguments ensue. I believe this is about personal perspectives rather than objectivity.
It's about Judgement.
As these conversations go round and round, I often find myself wondering "why do DMC defenders feel so personally targeted?" – Judgement is part of the DMC circus.
You see, I’m personally unhappy with DMC led Kings because I am judging Cousin’s behavior to be unacceptable – fighting, bullying, yelling, bar fights, being provoked, and so on – I’m judging those behaviors to be unacceptable on my favorite basketball team that represents my city and by extension represents me.
And with all that judgement around, it’s no wonder that those that are willing to make trade-offs to keep him on the team because he is a stellar talent also feel judged. My entire critique of DMC revolves around his character, not his play – so it’s quite possible that when a supporter see my thoughts on DMC, they feel judged as well, as if I’m judging their moral character for supporting DMC. The same DMC, who I find to be so repugnant I want him off the team for "a bag of chips". – it’s a guilt felt by association perhaps.
Anyways, I just wanted to point this train of thought out, and speak for myself in this regard at least: When I'm kvetching about the Kings character issues, the Front Office's complicity in creating these team character issues by who they chose to bring in this summer, or by enabling DMC to continuously misbehave - I'm talking about the team and it's organization, not you fellow fan.
You and I, we're in this together, following a team mired in failure and ineptitude, you and I - we share a bond of fandom, and of course we disagree about what's wrong, because there's so many ways this team could improve, there's a lot wrong here that we can focus on, but I think that the one thing we can all agree on is that we love our team and each in our own way want to support the team to get better and entertain us.