It has seemed that for an eternity, The LA Lakers have owned the city of Angels. The 16 championships. The number of legends that played for the storied franchise such as Elgin Baylor, Jerry West, Magic Johnson, Wilt Chamberlain, Kobe Bryant, Shaquille O’Neal, Gail Goodrich, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar….Well you get the picture.
Only the Boston Celtics have raised more. The Lakers, however have entered an unfamiliar territory that they are generally not accustomed to: Rebuilding
After the summer of 2013 free agency, Dwight Howard left to join the Houston Rockets, leaving the Lakers with two past their prime superstars in Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash. Nash is injury prone at this stage of his career. Kobe Bryant suffered a devastating Achilles injury and may not return to form
The other NBA team in Los Angeles meanwhile is experiencing a renaissance. After years of being one of the most laughing stocks in sports, things have changed. In case you’re wondering the name of the other basketball franchise in Los Angeles is known as the LA Clippers.
The clippers own arguably the best point guard in the NBA (Chris Paul), A coach with a Larry O’Brien championship (Doc Rivers) an ultra athletic front court (Deandre Jordan, Blake Griffin) and a supporting cast of role players and long range shooters. The time is now for the Clippers to take centre stage
Doc Rivers recently sent a message that there is a “new” team in town. He made an executive decision to cover up the Lakers’ championship banners and retired jersey numbers at Staples during a recent preseason game replacing them with giant posters of players Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, Jamal Crawford, Matt Barnes, Jared Dudley and J.J. Redick which raised the ire of one of the newer Lakers, shooting guard Nick Young
“He can do that?” Young said “For real? That’s disrespectful. We got to talk to Doc. He can’t have that. We got to do something about that.”
“That’s a lot of pull y’all are giving Doc,” Young said, somewhat facetiously. “I think he shouldn’t come in and have so much pull like that. He’s got to earn his keep.”
It’s quite obvious that the Lakers are bleeding in the Pacific Ocean and the Clippers are the Great white Shark who smell blood in the water and are going after their prey. The Lakers as assembled have no shot of winning a championship. They may not even make the playoffs. The Clippers will be in the playoffs, it’s just a matter of what seed.
Now is the perfect time to go for the kill. The Clippers should use this and every opportunity going forward to raise their profile and brand in L.A. or even go as for as burying the Lakers into the proverbial corner that they (The Clippers) once existed in.
With the lakeshow’s depleted roster, shaky management and diminishing prestige the time is now for the Clippers……The only thing the Lakers have going forward is cap space.
Attack with no mercy.