Clearly there are heightened emotions when the Lakers and Celtics play in the Finals. I understand a little trash talk and good natured rivalry. However, I want to make something very clear here. This blog was founded on the concept of community. That means we've done everything we can to create a safe environment for people to discuss the team we love without being insulted or personally attacked. The overriding rule here is simple:
Treat every person on this site with respect.
Here's the key for this series: That respect extends to Laker fans!
Like it or not, that is my request. You don't have to like them, you don't have to agree with them, but you do have to respect them.
Now, don't get me wrong, there are going to be trolls that show up. But that is for the mods to take care of, not you. If you try to engage these trolls, you will be opening yourself up to moderation (and worse). Don't let them bait you into that. Let the mods do their job and move on to the comments that are worth responding to.
I happen to know and respect and LIKE a lot of Laker fans and bloggers. They are good people that just happen to root for another team. Some of those people are going to show up here and I expect them to be treated with the respect they deserve.
Likewise, if you head over to a Laker blog, I fully expect you to act with class worthy of this blog. I would be very disappointed to see otherwise. There's plenty of room for an open exchange of ideas and intelligent discussion with fans of all teams.
So when in doubt, remember the rule. Treat everyone with respect (and let the mods take care of the ones that don't deserve it).
Thanks for understanding.