They are two of the most passionate fanbases in the NBA and let’s just keep it real, they do not like each other.
When digging back into this heated rivalry, many Trail Blazers fans believe the inexplicable hate for the Lakers started in the 2000 Western Conference Finals.
LA nearly blew a 3-1 lead in the series when Portland forced a Game 7. Leading by 15 with only 10:28 remaining, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’ Neal found their groove and well, Blazers fans, you know the outcome.
20 years ago, the Lakers-Blazers WCF matchup was an instant classic.
Now, they’ll meet once again 🔥 pic.twitter.com/bDnCZ0NrlL— NBA on ESPN (@ESPNNBA) August 15, 2020
Pandemonium ensued and the two fanbases have never been the same ever since. For years the rivalry has been seemingly dormant, as the Lakers haven’t been to the playoffs since 2012-13, and the Trail Blazers are gearing up for a seventh-straight year in the postseason.
Now that the two teams are playing one another in the 2020 NBA playoffs, let the antics begin.
Lakers fans wasted no time trolling the Trail Blazers and putting out their Lakers in 4 predictions.
“The Blazers win the play-in and look like they could be a serious threat to the Lakers”
The Lakers: pic.twitter.com/DmPyDs73nH— NOTSportsCenter (@NOTSportsCenter) August 15, 2020
— LakeShowYo (@LakeShowYo) August 15, 2020
When LeBron find out the Lakers got the Blazers in the playoffs pic.twitter.com/8l1C0rEjrz
— Josiah Johnson (@KingJosiah54) August 15, 2020
— Top Ball Coverage (@TopBallCoverage) August 8, 2020
AD against the Blazers in the first round pic.twitter.com/RoRCzYRflU
— Cryptic (@CrypticNoOne) August 15, 2020
At least Chuck’s got Portland’s back.
Chuck: “The Portland Trail Blazers are getting to the Finals.” 👀pic.twitter.com/ASaGmBH7CV
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) August 15, 2020
Hey, not everyone is down on Portland’s chances.
Boy, wouldn’t it be a shame if Melo, Dame and the Blazers shocked the world and upset the Lakers in round one, causing a certain potential free agent to reconsider his options…
But that’s none on my business. pic.twitter.com/hGwgvrD2x1— Jonathan Macri (@JCMacriNBA) August 15, 2020
All those Russ/OKC stans clowning Dame and the Blazers all year for not being in the playoffs are very quite right now😴 Keep doubting Dame, he is only gonna prove you wrong pic.twitter.com/MqCEtx7Jmp
— 🅵🅾🆁🆃🅷🅴🅵🅰🅽🆂 🎙 (@503Blazerfans) August 15, 2020
Gonna be the upset of the century if the Lakers can somehow beat Dame and the juggernaut Blazers.#WeBelieve
— Daniel Starkand (@DStarkand) August 12, 2020
You best believe I will be putting bread on the Blazers to beat the lakers. Call me what you want but the blazers have been playing basketball since the start of August 🎯✅
— Mello (@TheHCMello) August 15, 2020
How fast will Portland beat the Lakers?
— Cameron Magruder (@ScooterMagruder) August 15, 2020
WE GOT THE LEBRON STOPPER BLAZERS IN 4 pic.twitter.com/yIAGVh79Dg
— 🤠JR🤠 (@pdxbrocialite) August 15, 2020
This might be a HOT TAKE but with the way the Blazers are playing right now if Lillard stays HOT, Melo playing like his old Denver days and if McCollum somehow averages over 25ppg, I can see the Lakers winning in 4
— 𝐓𝐎𝐌 𝐍𝐎𝐎𝐊. 🅴 (@TOMNOOKRAP) August 15, 2020
Lillard and the Trail Blazers are just getting started.
We here now. Just getting started rook! https://t.co/2Fr2OypJUC
— Damian Lillard (@Dame_Lillard) August 15, 2020
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LA Lakers fans begin trolling Trail Blazers ahead of first-round matchup originally appeared on NBC Sports Northwest