Phoenix Suns fans are not alone in deriving extra special pleasure in seeing the Los Angeles Lakers fail. Kings fans, Clippers fans, Trail Blazers fans and, of course, Celtics fans all share in the joy that comes with beating the Lakers on the court or seeing them struggle off.
There is no word in the English language that expresses this feeling better than "Schadenfreude" which roughly translates from German to: "to observe or think about something with triumphant and often malicious satisfaction, gratification, or delight"
That pretty much sums up the feeling non-Lakers fans get when reading about the mess that has become of the Los Angeles Lakers ownership and front office.
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The Lakers are a mess, have been decaying for a few years now. Once one of the finest and classiest organizations in sports, it is no longer a fun place to work, to put it mildly. From the Odom salary dump to nearly the entire scouting staff being thrown overboard, pennies are being pinched at a time when the Lakers have entered a 20-year regional cable deal worth a reported $3 billion.
"For such a storied franchise, supposedly first class and all that, it's not what you think behind the bars there," said the person who has dealt with the Lakers as a longtime executive with other teams. "It's overrated."
You really need to read the entire article to get the full sense (and pleasure) of the situation.
It's a good day to be a Laker-hater.
Here's how the Lakers fans are seeing things (in case you needed more reason to smile):
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You don't need to read between the lines to see storm clouds gathering around the Los Angeles Lakers. You need only observe the negativity surrounding all facets of the franchise.