Hate Me Now: Reddit User Maps Out NBA Teams’ Hatred
By Brandon Simmons
For every superhero there will always be a group of supervillains for them to defeat. In the NBA’s case, for every storied franchise or team with a marquee superstar, there will always be a fan base that hates their guts. Just ask Reddit user kmhokies35 decided to document the most hated NBA franchises domestically and internationally.
There were overwhelming 42,000 responses to the survey and that was just for the U.S. portion. When looking at the map you can see that the specific teams that are hated reside within their own region. For example, the Los Angeles Lakers and Miami Heat have their foe bases living mainly in the California and Florida then spread into the Western and Southeastern regions of the U.S. respectively. Some of the hatred is spread around in a very weird fashion. Texas unanimously hates the Heat just like state of Louisiana hates the Lakers. The Los Angeles Clippers made the list as the most hated, but their opposing fan base can be found in Mississippi and Alabama. However, all is not out of the ordinary as the Oklahoma City Thunder, who originally played in Seattle, Washington, find their hatred coming from that very state.
If you thought it was weird in the U.S. chart, it goes to a whole other level on the international maps. According to the infographic, the entire continent of Africa seems to hate the Thunder but it cannot compare to the disdain held for the Houston Rockets by Asia. But it is the Heat that takes the global cake as they are hated by three continents: Europe, North and South America.
The NBA has a major global impact that spurns the same interest foreign fans have with American fans. In the U.S. it is not uncommon to come across blogs and social media posts of basketball fans spewing hate for a team thousands of miles away. It may not have anything to do with geographic location but rather dislike for a certain player and likewise for various fan bases that adore these teams. Click here for the full infographic.
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