The NBA’s Battleground Los Angeles

 

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS – We realize that history demands we exercise some patience with the Clippers’ proposed takeover of Los Angeles. We know that logic suggests the supposed threat the Clippers pose to the Lakers’ supremacy in the Southland is as much a media-driven phenomenon as it is a legitimate, basketball-related challenge from the longtime underdog.

But on the eve of a new year, we’ve decided to throw logic to the wind and embrace the craziness that is the NBA’s Battleground Los Angeles. The Clippers, led by their new superstar duo of Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, are chasing the hearts and minds of Southern California hoops fans with vigor. And they’re doing it in plain sight of Kobe Bryant and the mighty Lakers.

Check out this billboard (courtesy of my main man Michael Eaves Fox Sports Net) that looms large over the Staples Center in downtown LA before the Lakers’ Christmas Day game against the Chicago Bulls. (We’ve been to LA countless times for games the past decade and never seen anything like this from the Clippers.) We know, it’s just a billboard. But you have to start somewhere.

The Clippers will have to back up all this chatter and hype with something tangible, with some serious on-court noise. And they’ll get their own shot at the Bulls tonight at the Staples Center (10:30 p.m. ET on NBA TV).

The fact that they’re even engaging the notion of challenging the Lakers, however, is enough to pique our interest here at the hideout. Having grown up the fourth of five kids and having spent my entire life as the “little” brother, we can appreciate what the Clippers are doing right now.

In fact, it’s about time they took this step and mounted a serious challenge to their neighbors. They’ve got a loaded roster and the Lakers haven’t been this vulnerable (theoretically speaking, of course) in years. If we’ve learned anything about the NBA since the free agent summer of 2010 it’s that you better take what you can when you can.

Kudos to the Clippers, yes the Clippers, for going for it.

38 Comments

  1. WeLoveLA says:

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  2. Pedro says:

    Lakers could spend the next 20 years winning nothing and they’d STILL have a loyal fan base. Which would be a WORLDWIDE fan base.
    Kareen, Magic, West, O’neal, Kobe….the Clipps are ok, but they have a LOT of work to do to become the dominant team they wish they were.

  3. LAKERS4LIFE UKNOWIT says:

    @2012NBA Fan, im a lakers fan and the only reason some people want them to leave is so they can start over like the Sonics became the Thunder. that would be better for them because they wouldnt have to deal with the adversary of living in a Lakertown

  4. 2012NBA Fan says:

    You know something, I bet all the Lakers fans are hating because they didn’t get CP3 as the NBA made a smart move and shut that trade down. but about this article, even though the Clippers are currently better than Lakers, that doesn’t make L.A their city. maybe for this year, but with the legacy of the Lakers, as much as I hate to say it, the L.A will always be Lakerland.

    P.S: When the Clippers sucked, no one wanted them to leave L.A, and now they are good and actually providing competition, you want them to leave? The Lakers can’t be…dare I say….SCARED of the Clippers, can they?

    • Namilak says:

      Clippers are the Junior Jarsity Los Angeles , nothing less nothing more. It is o.k. for the Junior Varsity to have potential and do good once in a while. But it is JV nonetheless

    • D Lion says:

      Good point. But if the Clips became the dominant LA team for long enough, then LA being Lakerland will be a memory from the past. But, as of now, that’s a looooong way off

  5. NBAfan2006-present says:

    I believe the Los Angeles Lakers will always be the most popular basketball team in Los Angeles and now that Bynum’s back and most of the roster’s healthy we’ll get to see how effective these 2 teams will be against each other This season’s Clippers are just like last season’s Miami Heat or Miami Hype The Clippers need to prove what they can do in the playoffs before being so honored, exhalted and praised. Miami’s super-team came up short of winning a title 11 months after their pre-2010-11 season clecbration rally I don’t care what the results were during the Lakers and Clippers preseason games This season will determine who’s better between them not stats or star players (I can’t believe some here has username named God wow….what else is new on this last day of 2011?)

  6. D Lion says:

    as of now, LA is kind of the Lakers’ city, but Clippers are on the rise. They may not take over LA, but they are done letting the Lakers have complete supremacy of LA. And just because the Clippers’ main players are (supposedly) not as good as those of the Lakers, it doesn’t mean the Clippers won’t be tough competition in LA and in the West. They may not be the superior team right away, but they will be a major force to contend with. As for the Lakers, their players are a little older, and adjusting to a new coach is not easy. Who knows where the Lakers are headed in the future, but the Shaq-Kobe legacy, that made the Lakers the hated, feared, and dangerous team that they were, is coming to a close. Kobe can’t play too many more years. A lot can happen in a few years. Take for instance the Pistons. They won the title in 2004 and won the East Conference the next year. Now, I’m sure they would be thrilled to finish just above .500 (no offense at all to Piston fans). That could happen to the Lakers, the Heat eventually, or any team. In a few years, Kobe might retire, another key player might get traded, and if the Clips can sign some more good players or get a good draft pick, then the city of LA may very well see a new king reigning the Staples Center.

  7. Vcaz4 says:

    yeah right kobe and bynum will crush paul and griffion and deandre jordan cant do anything but dunk and he sucks at shooting freethrows

  8. Trax Laker Fan. says:

    BYNUM IS BACK!!!!! NUFF SAID

  9. Kevin says:

    Peter is right there will never be another Kobe in LA and if this as good as the Lakers would get then the Clippers will never be the team of LA cuz they never had nor never will have a Kobe or Magic, Kareem, Jerry, Shaquille, Wilt, or any other player of that caliber. As good as Paul is he is not nor has he ever been considered to have a legendary career like those guys and I doubt Griffin ever reaches a level where he’ll be considered any better than a Dominique Wilkins. Even if they were better now ( which they’re not) you can’t replace that history, furthermore the Lakers were the best team in the league in their prime, with the Miami Heat on the rise and OKC and the Lakers, the Clippers won’t even be the best team in the West in their prime

  10. Based says:

    This NBA post obviously discusses the near future, meaning that the Clippers will only take over the current fans, because of their liable way of playing. In addition they will win over the hearts of the fans who weren’t Laker fans nor Clippers. The future lies in the young citizens of L.A, and that is where the clippers “extraordinary” way of playing will be imprinted.
    No one is talking about erasing the history of Lakers in LA.

    And chill guys this is only a thesus. (laker fan)

  11. Dom V says:

    Yes LA will be a laker town,

    however as of right now i see the clippers as the better team on paper, and all the lil kids why are you getting upset? and why are you kids who have only been fans of the lakers since they are winning? claim them to be the greatest team in history? have you not heard of the boston celtics… most successful team in history, coming from a bulls fan.

    • 21 says:

      How are the Clippers the better team on paper? Kobe is still better than CP3. Gasol is a better and way more skilled, complete forward than Griffin. Same goes for Bynum and DeAndre Jordan who’s probably the most overrated Center in the league right now. And the Lakers not only have the better players, but also a deeper bench and last but not least, a ton more experience.
      And how are the Celtics a more successful team than the Lakers? Last time I checked both teams won 17 championships, which would make them equally successful.

  12. CTRL Z says:

    My comment got deleted, straight up North Korea style!

    Billy Crystal is the only Clippers fan, everybody knows that.

  13. guitar bob says:

    oh yeah and… Where were those fans when they had nothing? oh wait yeah… they never really existed because you never really had a thing!

    This is Lakers Land, and so is the NBA, how can one compare the greatest franchise in NBA history to a newcomer and nobody like the Clippers just because they’re in L.A?

    I may not root for the Celtics, but at least their fans are always there no matter the time and no matter who’s playing for them, same with the Lakers, we always show up and make noise.
    But then come the Heat and form a “big 3″ and outta nowhere, they have fans all around.
    Clippers do the same, and here comes the bandwagons!

    This article can’t possibly be serious..

  14. guitar bob says:

    I loved the fact he actually thinks the Clippers have a chance of “taking over” L.A over the Lakers… Ahahhaa, that made my day much better!

    When they get close to us in:

    NBA Titles
    Conference Titles
    Division Titles
    Play-off wins
    Play-off appearences
    Finals Wins
    Finals Appearences

    Then we can talk about them “taking over L.A”…. Ahahaah, people are so stupid..

  15. paul griffin says:

    form the big 3 in clipps, go get dwight howard pls, whatever/whoever it takes…

  16. STFU says:

    no championship banner??and you call clipers land????SMH….atleast win 17 championship..

  17. tom says:

    when the clippers sucked nobody was talking about them leaving LA now they have the chance to shine and Lakers fans are all in an uproar that they should leave the city…just shut your mouth and go home there are plenty of loyal LA Clippers fans that deserve this.

  18. God says:

    Lakers should move back to Minneapolis.

  19. 21 says:

    I agree with the other guys here. L.A. will always be Lakerland.
    The Clippers should really relocate to another city. Even if they manage to win a championship in the next years (which I highly doubt), they’ll still only be L.A.’s secondary team. They’ll never get as much attention as the Lakers, they’ll never have as many and as loyal fans, and they’ll never have the legacy, the supremacy of the Lakers. How about San Diego or San Jose if they want to stay in Cali? Or just go to another state. They could play in Las Vegas or something haha. Las Vegas Clippers.
    Anyways, back to basketball. Even though the Lakers have their weakest team since a long time, and the Clippers have their strongest team, I don’t think that they’ll be able to beat the Lakers or go deeper into the playoffs. Just won’t happen. They got the hype, they got the spectacular dunkers. But and hype and fancy dunks don’t win championships.

  20. CARLOS says:

    Let the bandwagon begin!!!! THIS IS FUNNY AS A LAKERS FAN I’VE WATCHED THE LAKERS DOMINATE AT “THE FORUM” and OFFCOURSE DOMINATE AT STAPLES CENTER WHICH MAKES ME WONDER WHY THE F**K THE CLIPPERS ARE STILL SHARING THE STADIUM WITH THE LAKERS AND IDK HOW THEY HAD A FAN BASE IN THE FIRST PLACE….I HEAR COMMENTATORS TALKIN ABOUT HOW THEY’VE BEEN CURSED MAKING THE PLAYOFFS???? WTF THE CLIPPERS NAME IS A FU**EN CURSE THEY ARE GARBAGE AND IT MAKES ME SICK HOW CONFIDENT THEY ARE ON WINNING A CHAMPIONSHIP WHICH IS NEVER GOING TO HAPPEN….AND I’M FROM LONG BEACH, CA IT MAKES ME VOMIT WHEN I WALK DOWN THE STREET AND ALL OF A SUDDEN I SEE CLIPPERS JERSEYS…I STAY FOREVER WITH MY KOBE JERSEY BECAUSE HE’S THE FACE OF L.A. TO ME, THE CLIPPERS HAVE ALWAYS BEEN AN EMBARASEMENT TO LA ITS FUNNY HOW EVERYONE JOINED THEIR BANDWAGON…KNOW THIS…KOBE DOMINATED THE CLIPPERS HIS WHOLE CAREER..NOW THEY FEEL THEY GOT A CHANCE CAS OF CP3 ITS ALL GOOD I THINK OF HIM AS JOHN STOCKTON “retiring with NO RINGS”….

  21. SteveM says:

    Always going to be Laker-land in LA, no question! Their incredible history, prestige and success cannot just be swept away because of Chris Paul’s arrival and a couple of dunkers (One of them is probably the most overrated center in the league!!) Let’s see if Clipper fans are half as optimistic if their main man tears ligaments in his wrist! Let’s just sum it all up as Kobe > Paul, Pau > Blake and Bynum > DeAndre Jordan! I will admit that having Chauncy is a big plus for them leadership wise but his best days are behind him. The Lakers are sneaking under the radar this season, excluding OKC I don’t think there is any other team in the west that could beat them in the playoffs. Although the season is very young and we shouldn’t get ahead of ourselves, I’m going to do it anyway… If all the guys can stay healthy, defense stays strong and perimeter shooting is at a high level, the Lakers are going to go deep into the playoffs once more. Unlike the Clippers! (Had to throw that last dig in!!)

    • tom says:

      the lakers are not going to beat OKC is the playoffs. the Thunder’s strong points in their team are the EXACT thing the lakers have trouble defending young fast athletic players…OKC and Either the Bulls or Miami will be in the finals.

    • allaroundballer says:

      most overrated center? not realy since the league doesn’t hv many strong 5. Name it quick, and you may got 2/3 names only on your head.
      After 66games I bet his blocks will end up close to howard

    • Peter says:

      Firstly the Clippers have more depth AND more potential then the Lakers.

      The Lakers have everything invested in three guys – Kobe, Gasol and Bynum. Out of those three guys two of them (Kobe and Gasol) are getting old, and the only way their careers can go is down. Bynum has some potential IF he he actually doesn’t miss half his games to injury for a change. There will never be another Kobe in LA, so this is absoluutely as good as the Lakers will get – they have zero potential.

      The Clippers have depth that is at least 6 guys deep with Jordan., Griffin, Butler, Billups, Paul and Mo Williams. Out of those guys Jordan, Paul and Griffin are all young with many years ahead of them – it’s a core that the Clippers can easilly build around, and it gives them the potential to be contenders for years. Wiith Griffin and Paul being genuine 18PPG+ guys the Clippers don’t need Jordan to put big points on the board. With Griffin giving them 12 RPG they don’t need him to give them double digit rebounds either. All he needs to do is defend the post and block a ton of shots, which he’ll do as well as anyone. Anything else they get from him will be a bonus.

      The Lakers guys are upset because they KNOW the end is coming – they know that Kobe only has a few years in the tank, and once he’s gone the Lakers are going to be a lottery team…while the Clippers will be a playoff team for years to come. They can’t take that, and so they are understandably bitter.

      Oh and no I’m not a Clippers fan…or a Lakers fan, so I’m not biased.

  22. Jeff says:

    well, since my chilhood ive benn a LAKER fan. no offense against the clippers but im still lakers.

  23. allaroundballer says:

    This is never better. Clips must go to the playoff and make a decent 1st round games, whatever the result. Then they can have more 2-3years bright future. I don’t want to believe there’s a s*cker for ever.

  24. BMJ says:

    The Clippers should leave the city….This wishful thinking isnt healthy as it will only increase the heartbreak for their fans.LA for Lakers!!!

  25. Larian says:

    sorry, but as a Laker’s fan, the most honest advise I can give to the Clippers are, leave the city, and the Clippers will have a brighter futre, Lisa Lislie said so, I will say so too, it will take Clippers 5 titles to take over the city which the Lakers have won 16 of them all in LA, so with those of history, I don’t really know what the Clipper front office is trying to do. Futile efforts will only produce futile results, the Clippers rather take a beat from the NBA (David Stern), than just stand and watch, they have to get in their hands in the Lakers’s way, they will pay, the owner of Clipppers will pay, and the management of Clippers will pay also, with the price of GTFO LA, Clippers are a disgrace to LA, GTFO, if you are here to take down the Lakers, all Southern Californians will make sure Clippers’ life go with misery, whitch starts from right now. If this message doesn’t make any sense to you, please hold your D and P and wait.

  26. Alrivo says:

    i love the idea of the Clippers taking over LA and becoming the top team in LA but i would hate it if more than half its fans were just following the hype. As many did with the Miami Heat

    • dave says:

      never gonna happen. sorry

    • Jerry says:

      People are funny. The Clippers will NEVER “Take over LA”. They may have a good season or two, they may make the playoffs, but they are eternal losers and all that won’t be forgotten just because they landed a few stars. You don’t just erase 50 years of winning championships with one or two decent seasons.