No self-respecting Suns fan has any problem getting riled up for a Lakers, Spurs or Mavericks game.
We had a pretty testy playoffs a few years ago with Portland, so there I no love lost there, as far as I'm concerned.
I also have plenty of hate in my heart saved for the Jazz. I hated those Stockton and Malone teams. I hate that people claim Stockton was a better PG than Nash. Plenty of hate for the Jazz.
How many wins have the Nuggets gotten out of that atmosphere? What a stupid advantage. Also, that whole situation with McDyess sucked, and I blame them.
The Clips, Grizz and T-Wolves, while all doing well this year, are such jokes as franchises, I feel fine ignoring them.
Same thing goes for the Warriors and Hornets.
That leaves the Sonics/Thunder, and the Rockets. I don't feel strongly about the Thunder, and I think that's understandable. We beat up on them, they beat up on us, but it was never really high stakes.
But not the Rockets.
Surely no-one has forgotten those awful series in the 90s. The 3-1 lead blown. The Kiss of Death. The Barkley trade. Two of the most unlikable stars in the NBA (to me, at least) in Steve Francis and T-Mac.
Teams have given us far less grief (The Mavs, tho they suck, never derailed a true title contender like the Rockets did) and gotten off way less.
I may be all alone on this one, but there's just something about the Rockets I respect, damnit. They've always done a decent job as a franchise putting talent out there, but have never dominated unfairly. As much as I hated losing, I never had anything but respect for the Dream.
Even know, as we fight them for a playoff spot, I weirdly respect them. So much fight/spunk. I think they are absolutely the least talented team in the playoff chase, yet just hang in there, and beat teams like the Bulls.
I hate you just fine, Houston. But damnit, do I respect you.