Texas Lakers Fan wrote:Please they're completely different situations. The Lakers/Suns was never really a rivalry. They beat us when we had a mediocre basketball team. We haven't met them in the postseason in what three stars? Miami just beat Boston for the second year in a row and what did Allen do? Signed with the team that sent him home twice in a row.
Well I tend to agree with you when you say that Suns vs Lakers isn't a rivalry, especially for LA. But to my knowledge, the Suns & Lakers have always been in the same (Pacific) division, since the 80s at least. We play them multiple times per year and usually in the playoffs. By Phoenix's standards, we are their nemesis. LA does not share the same sentiment, but there is hatred there.
On the other was BOS-MIA really a rivalry until LeBron came over? Not really... So I don't think these are rich rivalries in the traditional sense, both for different reasons. But each match up has had tension in recent years, so player transaction was bound tobe tricky. Only difference is that the Suns gave Nash an early retirement gift, and Boston expected Allen to fade into the background.
I think we're on the same page for the most part, I just don't want to give KG any shred of credibility. He is a douche.