Doc Rivers fled the rebuilding Boston Celtics in pursuit of another Championship ring. He came to Tinsletown and decided that the Los Angeles Clippers, not the Los Angeles Lakers, are going to be the face of Southern California basketball.
He decided the best course of action to make that happen was to erect some incredibly obnoxious player posters in Staples Center to cover up the multitude of Lakers championship banners. Now Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Matt Barnes, Jamal Crawford and new acquisitions J.J. Redick and Jared Dudley are in various action frames 50 feet tall.
Not a whole lot can be said about the fact that it becomes their arena when the Clippers suit up for home games in Staples Center and they should want to make it feel like home, but a few lousy player photos aren’t going to cover up the history behind the posters.
The Lakers have won 11 NBA championships in Los Angeles and then display a 12th banner representing the five titles won in Minneapolis before the move to Los Angeles in 1960. 10 Jerseys of retired Lakers players also hang behind the new posters.
The Lakers have shared their arena with the Clippers since 1999 and they are the only two teams in the NBA to do so. Although it happens to be quite sad that the Clippers’ only available hardware to cover championship banners are action shots of its top players, one simply cannot argue that when displayed during home games, Staples Center now screams Clippers instead of “the Lakers win championships here and we don’t.”
Regardless of some silly posters, the heart of Southern California Basketball will always bleed Purple and Gold.