It's no secret that fans of the San Antonio Spurs don't mix well with fans of the Los Angeles Lakers.
While the rivalry has considerably simmered down from perennial playoff showdowns to two teams fighting to get back to relevance in the standings, there's still no love lost between the two sides. As recently as May, I highlighted a bizarre attack by a Lakers fan on the Spurs' legacy of which even Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal wouldn't approve. But the animosity certainly runs both ways.
On Wednesday, I shared details about a rumor that the Spurs could act as a facilitator in a blockbuster trade that would see Russell Westbrook and Kyrie Irving swap teams. Without a team to act as a middle-man to absorb Westrbook's massive contract, a deal likely won't be possible.
I think it's safe to say the Lakers would love to move on from Westbrook's $47 million contract, even if they'd never admit that outwardly. As such, many would see the Spurs helping them out of this situation as a bail out not worth doing, even if it netted them a few assets down the road.
When I shared the report on Twitter, many Spurs fans had that mindset, and it was pretty entertaining.
Spurs fans want no part in helping the Lakers
I'll first point out that there were many Spurs fans that thought taking on Westbrook and buying him out is worth it if it meant getting more valuable future picks. Others, however, had more colorful responses.
Then there was my personal favorite, which deserves way more likes than it currently has on Twitter.
All things on the table, Gregg Popovich's club doesn't have much incentive to help out the Los Angeles Lakers unless it results in them adding to their already impressive list of future draft picks. While many fans aren't happy that they'll be in for a long rebuilding season, it's good to see some common ground stances will never chance.