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Are the Clippers Becoming L.A.’s Team?

   Are the Clippers Becoming L.A.’s Team?

July 24, 2019

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The Los Angeles Lakers have a rich history steeped in championship trophies earned on the backs of some of the greatest basketball players in NBA. The move from a small market like Minneapolis to Los Angeles in 1960 was a move for the ages. Almost immediately, Hollywood and the fans of L.A. fully embraced what certainly has become one of the most storied franchises in sports history.

Not to be outdone, consultant Jerry West (former Lakers great) and Coach Rivers made their move for the Clippers. Out of free agency, they were able to sign two of the team’s own superstars in Paul George and 2018-19 NBA Championship MVP Kawhi Leonard. The NBA is still reverberating from the shock of this twin signing. The result, the Clippers are now favoured in the future book at around 4-1. In the coming weeks, gamblers should be on the lookout for Elite 8 betting tips on the NBA future book.

For several decades, “Laker Magic” and “Showtime” ruled the basketball world. In the stands were Hollywood elites like Jack Nicholson, Dyan Cannon, Rihanna, Leonardo DiCaprio and Paris Hilton. On the court were basketball elites like Wilt Chamberlain, Jerry West, Elgin Baylor, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Shaquille ONeal, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson and the most recent addition to the Lakers’ walk-of-fame Lebron James.

Unfortunately, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” or the Staples Center. It’s now been six years since the Lakers recorded a winning record. That’s the longest season losing streak in team history. Last season, the Lakers loyal (hanging on by a thread) thought NBA great Lebron James was the answer to their prayers. The basketball Gods had different ideas as the Lakers again lost more than 41 games and again failed to make the playoffs. In mid-season, L.A.’s favorite son Magic Johnson came under fire for the way he was running the team as president of basketball operations. To outsiders, it seems blasphemous that anyone would turn on the man with the golden smile, but the city did, forcing him to resign.

While the Lakers have been falling from grace, the L.A. Clippers have had a quite different experience during the same six year stretch under Head Coach Doc Rivers. During that time, the Clippers made the playoffs all six years, threatening to win NBA titles and losing in the Conference-Semifinals in 2013-14 and 2014-15. To add injury to insult, the Clippers play their home games in the very same Staples Center.

For decades, outsider basketball fans have always claimed that Lakers supporters were “fair weather” fans. Whether it’s true or not has always been up for debate. However, there has been a noticeable change in demeanor among basketball fans in L.A. In recent seasons, Clippers games have been selling out while there’s been an occasional empty seat for Lakers games. Controversy has been and is all over the Lakers organization while the Clippers have been moving quietly along.

Then came the shots heard round the basketball world. Just this past offseason, the Lakers were finally able to land the services of superstar center Anthony Davis. His pairing with an aging Lebron James immediately boosted the Lakers towards the top of the future book odds for the NBA Championship at around 5-1.

The table has been set and the rivalry in on. However, there’s something bigger at stake. When both teams start the 2019-2020 NBA in October, they will be playing for heart of every basketball fan in Los Angeles. Fair weather fans?

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