A Kobe superfan goes after Tim Duncan for no reason
Recently, I've been seeing an influx of Lakers fans coming after either Tim Duncan or the Spurs organization for seemingly no reason, and it's bizarre, to say the least. The first one came from Twitter user @33643pts, which represents the total points Bryant had in his NBA career.
Showcasing a profile picture and banner with Kobe Bryant, the user posted a clip of lowlights from Tim Duncan in Game 7 of the 2013 NBA Finals.
"Lol man lol," said the post. Of course, there are plenty of surface-level issues with this tweet. First of all, Duncan was 37 years old at the time of this game. If we want to do an apples-to-apples look at careers, Bryant's Lakers went 17-65 when he was the same age.
Secondly, Duncan still averaged 18.1 and 10.2 in those playoffs and came back with 16.3 and 9.2 the following season to capture a fifth NBA championship. Thirdly, Duncan was 5-1 in the NBA Finals, so what exactly are we trying to accomplish here?
Beyond the surface level issues, though, this is just a very strange way to go after someone that never did anything on a personal level to the Lakers other than beat them. Sadly, other Lakers/Kobe fans tried to pile on as well.
While I have to assume that last guy was trolling, there was still an overall sentiment of mocking Duncan's lone Finals loss and over 1,200 likes for the tweet. Even though they came from people I generally avoid on Twitter (profile images of cartoons, gym selfies, or an NBA player), it's still worth calling out as being pointless behavior completely contradictory to how their favorite player conducted himself off the court.
Another strange instance of a Lakers fan coming after the Spurs happened directly to me the other day, although it was less egregious and more so just pointless.
To honor the NBA's 75th Anniversary commemorating big moments, I recently wrote about the time the Spurs ended the Lakers' quest for a four-peat and effectively ended their dynasty in 2003. In it, I talked about the rivalry in-depth and how it's widely agreed upon that both teams had dynasties in their own right.
Seems like the concept is straightforward enough, right? Well, one Lakers fan just wasn't having it.