However, where Garnett is wrong, is that there is a difference between the Celtics fans and the Sixers fans. KG was acquired by the Celtics prior to the 2007-08 season. Along with Garnett, the Celtics also acquired sharp shooter and perennial all-star Ray Allen to put together “The Big 3,” which consisted of Allen, Garnett, and all-star guard Paul Pierce. Since KG has arrived in Boston, the Celtics attendance has placed 12th, 12th, 9th, 11th, and 11th in 2012 out of 30 teams in the NBA. The Sixers have struggled over that time on and off the court. Their attendance has placed 23rd, 23rd, 26th, 25th, and 14th in 2012. The difference in numbers can be explained with a little bit of thought. Unlike Boston, the Sixers fans have not had much to cheer about and there has not been any major acquisitions.
Now, going based off of KG’s time in Boston, he might have a very strong case. But, the numbers suggest, that the fair-weather Boston fans (and the NBA weather in Boston has been beyond fair- NBA title in 2008, runner up in 2009) arrived when Garnett and Allen arrived. Between 2001 and 2007, the Celtics had just one season in which their attendance was higher than 18th (it was 13th in 2003). During the Sixers impressive run from 2001 to 2005, they placed 5th, 3rd, 4th, 4th, and 10th in attendance. Over that same time period, the Celtics placed 19th, 18th, 13th, 20th and 24th respectively. In the season prior to Garnett’s arrival the Celtics finished 20th in attendance. Where were the “fans” then, KG? The case can easily be made that the Celtics fans were fair weather when their team made the move to acquire Allen and Garnett.
Kevin Garnett needs to realize that many of the same fans that cheer him on in Boston, were fair weather fans when he arrived there in 2008. Maybe five years down the road, Evan Turner is talking about the Sixers fans and saying other team’s fans are fair-weather. Garnett needs to open his eyes before he opens his mouth. It happens in all sports. Success brings out fair-weather fans and attracts fans to the games. There is nothing anyone can do to change that and, seemingly, every team deals with it at some time or another.
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