So i think we can all assume that the Clippers will have a better record than the Lakers again this year...
Do you guys think that this will have a long-term affect on the Lakers organization in a negative way? I dont live in LA, but if i was a young kid just getting into basketball, i would def pick the Clippers as my team based on their roster.
On the other hand...the Clips always seem to mess up, and the Lakers always seem to figure it out in the long run.
I feel like I order for it to become a real rivalry they need to meet in the playoff or the clippers would have to win a championship. I honestly don't see the clippers winning a title with the roster they have now. If I was Chris Paul I would of gone to Houston. Blake griffin isn't going to get it done for cp3. Injury prone and can't play through injuries. Until the clippers win an nba title they will always be 2nd to the lakers in LA. I'd be willing to bet that the Lakers win another title before the clippers do.
The Miami Heat are the TEAM. The new Showtime. LeBron. Wade. Pat Riley running the show. South Beach.
I do agree that LA is split. Not good for Lakers especially since Kobe is old and injured. And, if they can't get LeBron or
Durant then I don't see them winning a title any time soon. Then they will be just like every other team out West, scrapping for a
playoff spot. LA also loves highlights and flash. And Blake Griffin is on the Clippers as is MVP candidate Chris Paul.
The Lakers could be in for some lean seasons.
This isn't a rivalry... They just play in the same building. While you have to give Donald Sterling and his Clippers credit the last few seasons, this isn't a rivalry. IF it is, it's the most lopsided rivalry in NBA history. The Clippers are the better team now, but they haven't won anything.
The Lakers are still a major free-agent destination and they'll consistently spend the money to build great rosters/win titles. I'd be shocked if the Lakers didn't land a big free-agent in the next couple of seasons.
Quit being a Heat fanboy. God knows we're all sick of them.
This won't affect the Lakers, because they still live in LA, just like the Clippers. This could all change once the Lakers get good again.
Won't be a rivalry until the Clippers win a title. It could have been in a rivalry in '06 but the Lakers blew that 3-1 lead. I still don't get the concept of people calling Clipper fans band wagoners either. I've personally been a fan since '01 when I first started watching basketball. But the Clippers haven't won anything for people to be "bandwagoners". I always thought of bandwagoners being affiliated with championship title teams.
@ Tom Shoe. Not a Heat fan boy, just pointing out that the "it factor" passed the Lakers and is now in Miami.
Clips split LA so now the Lakers have to deal with that too.
I remember the Lakers' bad years after Magic and before Shaq and this current era looks similar. They will still be tough to beat but
now the contenders are the Thunder, Spurs, Grizzlies, Rockets, Clippers, and Warriors. The Lakers will have to play the role of spoilers this
year. Lakers fans have to temper their expectations until the next Wilt, Kareem, Magic, Shaq, or Kobe comes walking through that door.
I dont think its impossible to have an un-even rivalry...
A lot of rivalries are due to geography. Speaking personally, around here youre either a Skins fan or a Ravens fan and both hate eachother. They arent even in the same conference yet somehow they are rivals.
Im just interested to see if there will be a whole new generation of Clippers fans based on recent success. The Lakers better start looking at this like a rivalry because i guarantee the players on each team only care about the present. And presently the Clips have a way better squad. They added a great shooter in Reddick and they got Collison for next to nothing. Plus lets not forget the biggest addition of Doc Rivers.
But i do agree with @IndianaBasketball that if the Lakers add some free agents, or if things wouldve gone according to plan (Cp3, Kobe, Dwight)...the Lakers will be back and competitive like always, and quickly.
It felt more like a rivalry last season when they played. But in the big picture of things, laker fans are focused on the lakers and getting back to winning. It's nowhere close to being a clipper town no matter what happens these next few years. You are going to run into 9 laker fans for every 1 clipper fan and that's probably a very conservative guess. of course in a county of 10 million not to mention neighboring ventura, orange and riverside counties with millions more, so cal can easily support 2 teams. Put it this way, if the nets outplay the Knicks for a couple years, does new York become a net town overtaking the Knicks? If the mets outplay the Yankees for a couple years, does new York become a mets town over the Yankees?