I live in Orange County and I have no idea why everyone hates the Lakers. There are always the "BEAT LA" and "Kobe Sucks" chants at games and on NBA articles involving the Lakers there are always some Laker Hater Comments. Is it because of the feud with Shaq and Kobe, the ghetto LA people, the high class "supposed" Laker Fans (that probably don't know squat about Basketball, but always take up seats).
It's not easy being a poor die hard fan. I did not Flip Flop and go for the Clippers when they got Chris Paul. I had accepted that the Lakers were going to begin to suck from then on and i was going to stay a Laker fan. Also Laker games are super expensive and always paked I've never even been to a GAME! When I saw The Timberwolves Season tickets on sale for pretty much $10-15 a game! and thats after they had aquired Kirilenko and Brandon Roy!
The Yankees are The Greatest Sports Team Franchise of All time (American of course) and on the contrary there are Yankee fans EVERYWHERE! I don't think anyone beside Red Sox fans hate the Yankees.