With playoff hopes fading for the Lakers, the team needs to get their act together, and fast. The City of Angels might just be a correct nickname for the club offensively (7th in NBA in scoring) but it's looked rather ghoulish on the other side of the ball.
Every good story needs a villain. And while heroes often come in the singular flavor of tall, dark and bland, an antihero can evoke deep, complex feelings. Having someone to root against is often more gratifying than having someone to root for.