Debunking the Myths and Double Standards of LA Lakers Critics

Thinking about the Los Angeles Lakers brings a wide range of ideas to mind. 

Some people conjure up images of the big city of Los Angeles, the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, winning championships, NBA legends, and of course the Laker Girls.

Yet, others tend to think of the Lakers as buying their way to championships and a franchise full of big egos. The term "LA Fakers" is popular among Laker haters, who consider the Lakers to be the "New York Yankees of the NBA."

Any time a team wins a lot, it's going to garner a lot of fans and critics. Just behind the Boston Celtics with 16 NBA championships, the Lakers have the most wins in NBA history with 3,027. The team has made the playoffs 57 times, 8 more than Boston despite being in the league for 2 fewer years.

Since 1980, the Lakers have won 10 championships and have been to 16 NBA Finals. Over the past 30 years, the team has been by far the most successful of any US professional sports franchise. And if that were not enough, the Lakers boast a .619 all-time winning percentage--the best of any major US sports franchise.

Some of the criticisms that are thrown towards the team may be fair. But taking a close eye at others proves that they are either myths or hold the team to a double standard.

In this slideshow, I will try to debunk these myths and double standards.

Let me know what you think of the arguments I lay out: whether they hold or not. Also, if there are any myths or double standards I have left out, feel free to comment on those.

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