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SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - Luis Gil and Nick Rimando are diehard Laker fans and are rooting for their team as they battle the Jazz for the final playoff spot.
SANDY, Utah (ABC 4 Sports) - As the Utah Jazz and Los Angeles Lakers battle down to the final few games for the last playoff spot in the Western Conference, a couple of Real Salt Lake players are keeping a close eye on the action.

Luis Gil and Nick Rimando are both from Southern California have been diehard Lakers fans for years.

"I'm following it everyday," said Gil. "I'm watching every Laker game. I'm on it. I mean, I'm pulling my hair out over these Lakers. I'm getting nervous, but I'm part of Laker nation. I'm all in it."

Gil even has a big Lakers sticker on the back of his car.

"I make sure everyone knows I'm a Lakers fan," Gil said with a smile.

As for Rimando, he is a little more diplomatic with his devotion to the Lakers. Afterall, he's very good friends with Jazz point guard Earl Watson as they are both UCLA graduates. In fact, Watson often gets Rimando tickets to Jazz games.

"[Luis] doesn't have a relationship with some of the players on the Jazz like I do," said Rimando. "I know what the home team means to these fans. I respect the Jazz a lot and I wish them the best."

While Rimando said he wants no trouble from Jazz/RSL fans around town, Gil hears it from the Jazz faithful often.

"Ya, I get a lot of crap for being a Lakers fan," Gil said. "But I just got to take it and be friendly with them."

What do they say to him?

"You do not want to know," he said with a laugh.

With the Lakers leading Utah by a half game going into Wednesday's action, does Gil want to say anything to Jazz fans?

"No, I do not want to go there," Gil said. "We have some home games in the next couple of weeks [at Rio Tinto Stadium], so I want to be nice to them."

As for RSL head coach Jason Kreis, who is known for not following any sport other than soccer, he was asked who he thinks is going to make the playoffs, the Jazz or the Lakers?

"Who are they?" Kreis said sarcastically. "I don't even know, is it playoff time? No, of course I root for the Jazz."
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