Sure, the criticism hurts.
But I do it for the good people of Los Angeles and make no apologies to those living in the hinterlands who don't understand.
As you know so well from experience, I'm only here to praise our local teams and support them the best way I can.
I think you would agree no one has spent more time pumping up the Choking Dogs over the years than I have.
I have found nice things to write about Jim Buss, which is darn near impossible. I don't see anyone else trying it.
I've got Dwight Howard hugging me, Chris Paul inviting me to his home and Jim Mora making eyes at me, or at the very least rolling them.
Now I know that makes me a homer in the eyes of folks sentenced to live elsewhere. But I'm just going to come out and write it: I'm openly rooting for a first-round playoff series between the Lakers and Clippers.
As I write this, Memphis is playing the Clippers.
And I'm reminded how much Memphis smells, and how pathetic their fans come across.
Oakland and Houston, meanwhile, are dumps.