I grew up on the east coast, New Jersey to be exact. And the fans on the east coast, especially in Philly, are horrible. They feel like they are smarter than everyone in the world, and especially more intelligent than the GM's and coaches. Philly fans are so awful and unbearable in their criticism and their despicable treatment of players, GM's, coaches, and other fans it makes me root for their teams to lose. Watching the Phillies win the World Series a couple years ago was hard for me because I felt like their boorish fans were being unjustly rewarded.
I never experienced fans like that on the West Coast until this recent treatment of BRoy and Nate by many Portland fans. And I'm not talking about here but in general outside of this site on talk shows and comment sections of publications. I find it very difficult to swallow. Many fans were overlooking the job Nate had done during his time here and how respected he is in the bball world. Many fans are overlooking the fact that BRoy was in the game when Portland took control defensively in the last half of the 3rd quarter and the first half of the 4th quarter. They forget that Wes was horrible. They forget that Roy (and Wes if he came back in) wasn't guarding Dirk or Kidd who essentially beat Portland (with help from the refs of course).
Brandon is clearly trying too hard to be a team player. It is what everyone who bashes him wanted and still wants. I don't think he is physically incapable at this point of being a force offensively so much as I think he is doing what he can to fit in.
I don't want to root against this team like I root against the Phillies because of many of the fans. I want to root for this team in spite of those fans who I don't feel deserve a feel good moment due to their over-the-top treatment of BRoy and Nate. I want to root for this team because they are a collection of good guys who work hard and play and live the right way. But those over-the-top fans are making this difficult.
To me there is a class about the West Coast, at least the Northwest fans, that I have always admired since I moved out West 20 years ago. It's starting to erode as evidenced by the treatment of BRoy (and Nate) and I for one hope the classy fans can influence the other fans to step back, take a breath, and just enjoy this team for what it is - a team that is not talented enough to win the title but is good enough to give us a good series with Dallas and maybe sneak by Dallas (a team who was several games better than Portland in the regular season lest we forget) and give us a few more games than we could have possibly hoped for 5 months ago.