Alot of it has to do with displaced New Yorkers whether its moving for work or just leaving you know. Then NY is a big market team so back when they were winning you had bandwagoners in the 90's and they just passed it on to kids and such. Me personally I hopped on in 99 when I fell in love with bball because of them. Then lastly you have those who just loved what they represented and how tough they were until the last decade lol. The Lakers are my hometown team and I love watching them, but some fans will make you just shake your head because they have the biggest bandwagon following just because they have been so good for so long and if you try to talk ball w/ them they act like your speaking spanish or something.