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Old 01-16-2011, 07:16 PM   #1 (permalink)
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The battle for Los Angeles

While most people who read the title of this thread might ask "What Battle?" alluding of course to the one-sided outcome of this historical matchup, the past two match-up's have been rather interesting. In their first match-up of the season the Lakers barely escaped a defeat at the hands of their cross town rival, the Clippers. In fact, the Lakers needed some last second magic provided by none other than Derick Fisher. The rematch, however, would not go as the Lakers thought. This time the Clippers were intent to not let this one get away, and battled to a 99-92 over the evil empire. Adding to this rivalry was a last quarter skirmish involving Baron Davis, Blake Griffin, Lamar Odom, and Ron Artest. What was once the laughin stock of the NBA is no more. The Clippers are now nothing to be laughed at..just ask the San Antonio Spurs, Miami Heat, Oklahoma City Thunder, and now the Lakers. While we may not have the love of the city yet, we have at least garnered the attention of our cross town rivals and sent a clear message...we are not the same team you have beat up on for years...beware
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Re: The battle for Los Angeles

Maybe the general public hasn't embraced the fact that things are different now, but the rest of the league is aware that the Clippers are legit. Lakers & the rest of the league have taken notice, brought their best game... and still got beat.

Get used to it folks.
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Yeah, it wil definitely take some time for everyone to acknowledge that we are doing well. Hopefully we can finish the season strong and act as spoiler to many teams trying to get into the playoffs or getting a higher seed
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Slow your roll guys. No battle yet, the Lakers are the two time defending champs. I can't even call the Clippers legit, just a very exciting team as of now. With that said, the future is bright. The best thing that could happen to the team is Sterling selling it. That won't happen though.



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Slow your roll guys. No battle yet, the Lakers are the two time defending champs. I can't even call the Clippers legit, just a very exciting team as of now. With that said, the future is bright. The best thing that could happen to the team is Sterling selling it. That won't happen though.
I've been a clipper fan for many years. I really don't have a problem with Sterling, especially in the last decade or so. My biggest gripe is that he stuck with Elgin Baylor for waayyy too long, ever since Dunleavy effectively took over the job, it's been far better.

He wants the team to win and his players to perform. Talking heads can complain all they want about Sterling heckling Baron, but I can tell you that I've screamed at Baron (as well as many clipper fans) for his disappointing play. You would do the same for your team too if Kobe got lazy and just played absolutely terrible for months at a time.
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Slow your roll guys. No battle yet, the Lakers are the two time defending champs. I can't even call the Clippers legit, just a very exciting team as of now. With that said, the future is bright. The best thing that could happen to the team is Sterling selling it. That won't happen though.
You know you make a great point. TEchnically we need 16 championships to take over the city, but we are rapidly gaining the hearts and minds of Los Angelinos. We have a young squad that will only get better next year because Bledsoe, Aminu, and Griffin will have a season under their belt. If we land a solid small forward then I think we can definitely take the city from the Lakers...we have already beat them once and narrowly lost the first meeting. While we have a long way to go it is starting...I was listening to Max Kellerman yesterday on ESPN (home of the Lakers) and all they kept talking about was Blake and the Clippers..on a segment that was supposed to be about the Lakers ...
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I've been a clipper fan for many years. I really don't have a problem with Sterling, especially in the last decade or so. My biggest gripe is that he stuck with Elgin Baylor for waayyy too long, ever since Dunleavy effectively took over the job, it's been far better.

He wants the team to win and his players to perform. Talking heads can complain all they want about Sterling heckling Baron, but I can tell you that I've screamed at Baron (as well as many clipper fans) for his disappointing play. You would do the same for your team too if Kobe got lazy and just played absolutely terrible for months at a time.
Yes, and Sterlings heckling worked it shamed Baron into finally taking accountability for his ill conditioning and lack of preparation. Even TJ Simmers from the L.A. Times commented on this and called sterling the ultimate motivator
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