Even when Kentavious Caldwell-Pope AKA Kentaviass Caldbrick-Poop has a good game, which is less and less often these days, I feel like Lakers fans couldn’t care less. I fully believe he is the player on the team that they are least hyped for. Every other player gives you a reason to be excited for them.
There’s a cadre of players in Lakerland who currently suck but have the potential to be good. That generates hype. There’s an established superstar and GOAT candidate. That generates hype. There are some young players who have shown flashes of star-level play. That generates hype. There are veterans who you’re always rooting for to score when they get in the game. That generates hype. But then there’s KCP, who’s a young-ish but also old-ish shooting guard who is cold more often than not. That does not generate any hype at all. Not even among Laker fans who are looking for anything that might resemble the next Kobe.
I admit that I’m not doing my part in generating hype for KCP, given the general negative tone of this video description. However, I would contend that it is not my job to generate hype out of thin air. It is my job to amplify hype that already exists. In KCP’s case, that hype most certainly does not exist, and I’m not sure if it ever did.