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Yinzer
06-10-2014, 09:22 PM
Pittsburgh is a great sports town but without the NBA who do the fans root for?

A little Lakers, a little Heat, but mainly no team in particular.

New York Times map of NBA fan support below..

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2014/05/12/upshot/basketball-map.html#10,40.458,-80.000

Sorry Cavaliers, you didn't even register anywhere near the city

ManRam
06-11-2014, 02:11 PM
People clearly don't care about this thread....almost as much as people don't care about the NBA here in Pittsburgh. It's sad. The biggest complaint I have living here. In college there were a decent amount of people that cared for the NBA, but most weren't locals. Since then it's hard to find NBA fans. There's really only one person at work (lots of candidates) that is able to talk NBA with me. The thing is, he asked me the other day if LeBron had won a ring yet in Miami. So, yeah....

Last year when the Heat closed out the Pacers we had to go to 3 bars before finding one that had the game on. That's just absurd. It's like the league doesn't exist here.


As for fandom, I don't know. Probably the most generally popular teams, like you said. Lakers and Heat most obviously. I knew a few Pistons and Celtics fans. Lots of Cleveland transplants here too, so a good deal of Cavs fans too. And obviously the Philly contingent here (big in college) bring a 76ers vibe to the city too.

king4day
06-11-2014, 03:33 PM
This is a pretty cool map. Interesting to see who likes who. Before the Heat got James, I wonder who the other team outside of LAL would have been. I'd guess more would have liked the Cavs for sure.
Maybe Boston since they had the original(ish) big three.

Acclaimed
06-11-2014, 03:36 PM
Yeah I thought it was a pretty cool map.

Bet you if they made Sonics an option Seattle wouldn't be 23% Lakers fans....

b_russ
06-11-2014, 03:43 PM
All the purple on that map makes me sick.

Lakers + Giants
06-11-2014, 03:47 PM
Damn, Pitt showing us love :)

ManRam
06-11-2014, 03:48 PM
All the purple on that map makes me sick.

Why it's ironic whenever Lakers fans bash others (mainly Heat fans recently). I don't doubt that many here have been Lakers fans for a long time, but the only reason half this country loves them so much is because they've long been great. The only reason anyone living in North Dakota is a Lakers fan is because of how good they are. Period. People don't randomly root for bad teams...they randomly hop on teams like LAL's bandwagon and ride it as long as they can.

b_russ
06-11-2014, 04:13 PM
Why it's ironic whenever Lakers fans bash others (mainly Heat fans recently). I don't doubt that many here have been Lakers fans for a long time, but the only reason half this country loves them so much is because they've long been great. The only reason anyone living in North Dakota is a Lakers fan is because of how good they are. Period. People don't randomly root for bad teams...they randomly hop on teams like LAL's bandwagon and ride it as long as they can.

I hear you. Still doesn't make me feel any better. That's what awesome when you find a fan that may not be on the local team bandwagon and root for a team other than the defaults (Lakers, Yankees, Cowboys, ect.) Being a Jazz fan in Utah, it's refreshing to find a (for example) Wolves fan or a Raptors fan instead of the same old same old.

bloomis1307
06-12-2014, 05:26 PM
It seems like a mix of everything to me.....I know a lot of Heat, and Laker fans which always makes being a Celtic fan difficult. Good thing is my dad is also a huge Celtic fan so I have someone to grab a beer with and watch a nationally televised game. I actually know a Milwaukee buck fan too which is a pretty rare find.

NBA_Starter
06-12-2014, 05:37 PM
The Heat is a good choice.

WVNowitzki
06-12-2014, 05:40 PM
Sad, all my fellow Pittsburgh fans bandwagon cheering for the Heat and Lakers mainly? *Vomit. Go Mavs.

cvburg
06-12-2014, 05:43 PM
There is one tiny blerp of blue in Rochester ny, I may be the only magic fan in the non nyc part of ny :p

bal_ravens
06-12-2014, 05:45 PM
I wonder what part of the map has the highest percentage of liking a team. I see a spot in Oklahoma that has the Thunder as 75%, does anyone see anything higher?

jrm2054
06-13-2014, 12:26 AM
People clearly don't care about this thread....almost as much as people don't care about the NBA here in Pittsburgh. It's sad. The biggest complaint I have living here. In college there were a decent amount of people that cared for the NBA, but most weren't locals. Since then it's hard to find NBA fans. There's really only one person at work (lots of candidates) that is able to talk NBA with me. The thing is, he asked me the other day if LeBron had won a ring yet in Miami. So, yeah....

Last year when the Heat closed out the Pacers we had to go to 3 bars before finding one that had the game on. That's just absurd. It's like the league doesn't exist here.


As for fandom, I don't know. Probably the most generally popular teams, like you said. Lakers and Heat most obviously. I knew a few Pistons and Celtics fans. Lots of Cleveland transplants here too, so a good deal of Cavs fans too. And obviously the Philly contingent here (big in college) bring a 76ers vibe to the city too.
No offense but where in the city do you live? I know tons of huge fans of the NBA in pittsburgh. Granted many are bandwagon heat fans or follow popular players but the league is definitely popular in Pittsburgh at least with people I know and in my age group.

ManRam
06-13-2014, 12:31 AM
No offense but where in the city do you live? I know tons of huge fans of the NBA in pittsburgh. Granted many are bandwagon heat fans or follow popular players but the league is definitely popular in Pittsburgh at least with people I know and in my age group.

I've lived on campus, in the south side for 4 years and now in Shadyside. So, kinda spread around.

It might just be my personal experience, but the NBA is a distant 3rd to the NFL and NHL...and by abnormal margins. I've met far more baseball fans, even considering how bad the Pirates have been, as well. Of my 5 best male friends, only one would willingly ever watch basketball with me...and he's a Cavs fan and refuses to watch the Heat. It's not a lot of fun.

jrm2054
06-13-2014, 12:39 AM
I've lived on campus, in the south side for 4 years and now in Shadyside. So, kinda spread around.

It might just be my personal experience, but the NBA is a distant 3rd to the NFL and NHL...and by abnormal margins. I've met far more baseball fans, even considering how bad the Pirates have been, as well. Of my 5 best male friends, only one would willingly ever watch basketball with me...and he's a Cavs fan and refuses to watch the Heat. It's not a lot of fun.
I see where your coming from I grew up in Wilkinsburg and that area and places like Homewood, Pennhills etc. basically the poorer areas like NBA more then people on Southside and Oakland etc.

From my experience pretty spread around the city and somewhat outside of it like butler slipper Rock and beaver falls. I feel it goes
Steelers(everyone)
Pens (mostly from college aged kids)
Pirates (older people) but growing with the recent success
NBA (mostly the lower income areas and they all bandwagon the hot team)

Kaner
06-13-2014, 12:42 AM
They used facebook likes to guestimate these numbers so they're not exactly scientific about it. This is a really cool map though even if the numbers behind it is kind of ****



On a side note the Clippers just got sold for 2billion and don't have more then a 10% share of a single zip code.

Yinzer
06-13-2014, 12:42 PM
They used facebook likes to guestimate these numbers so they're not exactly scientific about it. This is a really cool map though even if the numbers behind it is kind of ****



On a side note the Clippers just got sold for 2billion and don't have more then a 10% share of a single zip code.

True, it's not scientific but they used algorithms to give us a good idea of fans in the area. My main complaint is that the bandwagon factor throws off the number of actual fans in an area so far out of wack!

I understand the Lakers being popular in a city without the NBA, they're a classic team that people have followed for generations. You can't tell me the Heat have such a HUGE national fanbase...that's something that happened only 5 years ago.

Seahawker562
06-13-2014, 01:51 PM
Hahaha the Bulls have a higher following in LA county than the Clippers. Oh well when you've had the history we have had, its not that big a surprise