The Clippers Will Never Be LA’s Team, But They Should Be the Best of It

My younger brother, Jamie, is hardly my “younger” brother. To me, he’s just my brother; equal to me; His own person, as I am mine. If I were to introduce Jamie to a stranger I would never call him my “little brother,” nor would I refer to him as my younger brother. If asked, I will clarify – “Small or Big?”

As a follow-up to the question of how many siblings I have, I was asked on a date last month—but in my eyes, her age is hardly a defining characteristic. For everyone else, though, because of the 801 days between our births, he’s my little brother.

For example: When we were in high school, Jamie and I often found ourselves in the same lunch block. Being friendly people, we never fail to interact with the ladies having lunch. I had leapfrogged Jamie for two years in terms of building rapport with the kitchen staff, to the point where they knew me by name. When they met him for the first time, he learned that “there is another.”

They never called him Jamie. From that time on, he became known as the “little wish”.

That gap enraged me then and still haunts me, despite my more than five years away from school and the more than 300 miles between me and that lunchroom. People can often tell that Jamie and I are related, so it wasn’t exactly criminal for these cafeteria employees to immediately build an affair between them. After all, some people say that we are the same. (Beyond a passing resemblance, we don’t see it, but if being pasty and blonde means you’re related, I think Ryan Gosling and I have something to hold on to.)

But I think my main complaint has to do with the idea that, for some, brothers can never be brothers. There will always be separation. one small, one big; One long, one short.

One was there first, while the other came second.

Houston Rockets vs Los Angeles Lakers

A familiar sight to the Lakers: Banners and trophies, one and the same. Even after all these years his younger brother franchise still awaits similar glory.
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Founded as the Detroit Gems in 1946, before moving to Minneapolis the following year, lakers What might be modernly referred to as a minute has been around.

They were distinguished by jumping, boasting players such as George Mikan and Elgin Baylor even before the team moved to Los Angeles for the 1960–61 season. (This is why Jerry West, while selected by the Minneapolis Lakers, was never really Taking Minneapolis; He never actually played for the Lakers team that was not based in Los Angeles.)

The rest, as they say, is history.

The Lakers have won a total of 17 championships as a franchise and boast an all-time roster that would easily favor pitting historic teams against each other in any fantasy tournament.

Kobe Bryant, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Shaquille O’Neill, Wilt Chamberlain, LeBron James… Should I keep going? It’s a never-ending list, and this short version only scratches the surface of who the Lakers are among legends. I could list 50 more names before I even thought of including Shannon Brown, and anyone with knowledge of the history of this team is familiar with her, even if it’s a complete that block,

Therefore, it is fair to say that the Lakers are not the only major franchise in NBA history: they are the major franchise in the history of the game. what are the lakers for basketball Yankees Baseball is for: intertwined with the fabric of the game and its legacy. Remove them from the equation and there should be no equation. We don’t know what basketball would look like without the Los Angeles Lakers. And it is a legacy that is both important and immortal.

Los Angeles ClippersOn the other hand, the historical ties that the Lakers hold are hardly the case. Clippers was founded in 1970It was 24 years after the Lakers franchise was introduced to the game, and was one of three expansion teams to join the NBA that year. Then known as the Buffalo Braves, they were driven out of town because of a conflict with Canisius Golden Griffins over the use of the Buffalo Memorial Auditorium—yes, of Canisius College in Buffalo, New York.

As a result, the franchise moved to San Diego, where it spent six seasons in the basement of the NBA. The Clippers failed to advance to the postseason in all six of their years in San Diego, before then-owner Donald Sterling moved the team to Los Angeles in 1984. Sterling – noted Shithead – prompted the transfer without the league’s approval, which was accomplished legally. action from the league, but yielded little results. Los Angeles was suddenly home to two NBA franchises.

The Clippers made the playoffs only four times in their first 27 seasons in LA; They won only one series. And while the team became more relevant as 2010 rolled around, thanks to the success of the Blake Griffin-and-Chris Paul-led Lob City squads, they still failed to advance past the second round during that reign. Only in 2021, under the leadership of Paul George and Reggie Jackson, did the Clippers fight their way to their first Western Conference Finals appearance. they fell Phoenix Sun in six games.

They are the oldest franchise in the league to not only have never won a title, but have never played in nba finals,

One could even say that he is and will forever be the younger brother of the Los Angeles Lakers. No matter what they do next.

Golden State Warriors vs Los Angeles Clippers

Banners hanging for the Clippers home games at Staples Center in 2014. Slight difference from those who populate the rafters when the Lakers come to court.
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Steve Ballmer’s latest dream isn’t one he can buy. He wants his Clippers — the team he’s owned since 2014 — to overtake the Lakers in popularity. While taking ESPN’s Om Youngmisuk on a tour of the Intuit Dome construction site late last month, Ballmer noted how important it is for the Clippers not to share an area with the Lakers.

“I think it’s another statement that says, ‘Hey look, we’re not anybody’s little brother,'” Ballmer said. “We’re a real team. At the end of the day, we still have to win games. We have to win the championship. If we can give it to Clipper Nation and fulfill our responsibility as a steward, I’m good.” It will take

“You said it was the city,” he said. “No. Laker-Clipper. And someday, I want to be able to say, Clipper-Clipper.”

While this will never change the past and is unlikely to reshape his popularity in the future, perhaps the “someday” Ballmer is referring to is closer than we think. Despite the back-to-back defeats the Clippers suffered in last season’s Western Conference play-in tournament, a gulag from which they were on the side of avoidance and instead stumbled toward elimination at the hands of New Orleans PelicansThey still managed to have an upper hand over the Lakers in 2021-22.

The Clips ended the regular season — one with a better record (42–40) than their in-town rivals (33–49) — spending largely with one or both of their star players.

And while they didn’t have exactly a postseason to remember (or a postseason for that matter), the Clippers would have made it better than anyone if you had told them at the start of the season that Kawhi Leonard and Paul George played 133 combined games. Will remember

Out of 231 all-time one-on-one matchupsThe Lakers have won 150 and the Clippers have won 81. However, the latter squad has taken seven consecutive contests, and has won 11 of the last 15 since 2017-18. Of course, they don’t put up banners for such achievements, if you can even call them achievements. What they can prove, however, is that these winds of change; “The future is in the air / Can feel it everywhere.” you can not?

Plenty of fans, writers, analysts, and players alike have spent at least a portion of this season prepping the Clippers as title favorites next season. For the time being, our sportsbook mate, draft kingsIs The Clippers finished second in overall championship odds (+600, same as Golden State Warriors), right behind Betting Favorites Boston Celtics (+450). And it wouldn’t be far-fetched at all to make a good bet on the Clips to win next year, considering the pieces returning (George and Leonard from injury; Norm Powell, Reggie Jackson, Terence MannuLuke Kennard, Ivica Zuback, Nick Bottom, Robert Covington, and others just for one more shot at the title) and a big one they added (Forever Tantrik John Wall,

They will be one of the deepest teams in the NBA when the 2022-23 season begins, and that’s just taking into account the guys who will be getting the minutes consistently. Brandon Boston Jr. The team has been as interesting a home prospect since Blake Griffin; Jason Preston remains in the wings as a potential backup point guard for the foreseeable future, and has yet to play a regular season game with the team due to an injury he suffered shortly after being drafted back in 2021.

The Lakers (+1600, in case you were curious), meanwhile, are in the midst of another off-season from hell. Call Russell Westbrook to trade A bag of magic beans is getting louder and more convincing by the day. Allegedly, The Lakers Are Kyrie Irving’s Favorite Next Destination, whether he got there via trade before next season or in free agency the following summer. and chatter LeBron James is returning to Cleveland, no matter how much truth there may be in those words, certainly can’t sit right with the people who are there for their current team, and thus, them. Vibes, as they say, could use some work.

Across the hall — not for long, but for now — the vibes have never been better, even if they exist on paper… for now. Gone are the days when only one team in Los Angeles could garner attention, respect, and expectations. Long gone are the days of ridicule, the exit of the early postseason. And the days are gone when even a fan named Darrell would consider Taking the blame from his longtime Clipper fantasy to join the dark side,

Still far away is the day when Los Angeles becomes the domain of the Clippers to reign in every capacity.

But in the context of basketball domination, it’s hard to argue why Steve Ballmer’s “someday” can’t happen today.

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