We Want The Funk! Why Atlanta Isn’t An NBA Town

May 14th, 2010 by Andrew Willingham Leave a reply »
As a life-long NBA fan that recently lost his favorite team, the Seattle Supersonics, I have been looking for a new team to root for. When I moved to Atlanta last year, I was excited to become a Hawks fan. The Hawks were playing well and winning games, and had an exciting core of Joe Johnson, Josh Smith, and Al Horford. 

But when I began attending games, I noticed that something was different. Something was missing; that intangible energy, the pride, the thing that makes fans go crazy, hate the other team, live and die with every game. For some reason, this doesn’t exist in Atlanta.

I felt “it” at Sonics games in the mid 90s. I felt “it” at Warrior games in the 2000s. I have spoken to other fans that have felt “it” at other NBA games, but “it” just seems to be missing from the “Highlight Factory.” I’ve been to 10 games in Atlanta over the past few years and I’ve never felt that energy, that excitement. This led me to an unfortunate conclusion: 

Atlanta just isn’t a basketball town.

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