How long have you been an NBA fan, and what team do you root for?
Eighteen years, from the womb. L.A. Lakers.
That’s what pop star Justin Bieber told ESPN’s Jared Zwerling just last November, but a lot can apparently change in a matter of six months, as Bieber was sitting courtside at Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals, wearing a Miami Heat hat. After all, the Biebs is the same guy who once filmed a World Series promo for Fox while wearing a Texas Rangers jacket and San Francisco Giants hat, so we don’t expect him to know too much about what it means to be a self-confessed lifelong fan of one particular sports franchise.
Of course, some NBA fans consider the Los Angeles Lakers to be direct rivals of the Miami Heat, among other teams, because the purpose of LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh forming the “Big 3” was to create a new dynasty, winning not one, not two, not three, etc. championships and making people forget about the Kobe Bryant-era Lakers. Therefore, a lifelong “from the womb” fan like Bieber would understand that it’s not acceptable on any level to wear a rival team’s hat.
But this is Bieber’s world and we’re just sweatin’ his swagger in it.