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Byron Scott Says L.A. Is Still A Laker Town ‘Period’

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During Byron Scott’s introductory press conference on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Lakers new head coach talked about the city and the history of the organization. Scott has nothing but pride for the team he helped lead to three NBA titles back in the 1980s and made that passion for the franchise abundantly clear.

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The Los Angeles Clippers have made things interesting over the past few years with Chris Paul making them a force to be reckoned with. Despite Paul and company coming up, Scott made sure to let it be known that Los Angeles is still a Laker town, according to Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters:

With 16 championship banners hanging in the rafters at the Staples Center, it is hard to make a case that the Clippers contend with the storied franchise in terms of legacy and being synonymous with the city.

Although it will be an uphill battle moving forward, Scott is up to the task of taking on a rebuilding process while competing with the Clippers in the same building. No one is giving this team much of a chance to even be a playoff contender in the near future, but with Kobe Bryant still in the fold, anything is possible if he can still play at a high level.

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Needless to say, Scott will have a tough challenge ahead of him taking the helm of one of the most successful franchises in professional sports. Fortunately, Scott already seems to have the backing of Lakers fans and will be able to start his stint as the Lakers coach without being in the shadow of Phil Jackson.
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  • http://people.ign.com/ltsjoemama ltsJoeMama

    LA will NEVER be a Clipper town. Never.

    • Jason Torres

      EVEEEEERRRRRRRRR!!!!!

    • CLIPPERSRUNLA

      DON’T KID YOURSELF. The Lakers are among the worst teams in the NBA, have zero chance of making the postseason, their attendance dropped last year (we had more fans), and we beat you by 48, the worst loss in Laker franchise history #weRUNLA

      • yolonda bell

        I am a Laker fan but I am a realistic Laker fan. Unfortunately, 95% of what you have posted is true. Interestingly enough though, Clipper fans do not yet run L.A.

      • nlruizjr

        how’s it feel to support a team that has an owner who hates his players, wow your team isn’t even loved by it’s owner much less its fans.

        • xiqi

          good point

        • CLIPPERSRUNLA

          do you know who our owner is? I’ll give you a hint. He’s the former CEO of Microsoft, all of the fans and players love him, he’s about 40 times richer than Jim Buss. Need more hints??? We going to the postseason and ur not. LOL

          • Rodrigo

            wow. talk about BRAGGING RIGHTS!!! make it past the semis and then talk to us, LAKERS FANS.

            …idiot.

          • Histoy

            As a Laker fan, I can admit that we are worst in every aspect for contending for a championship. Yes, we can’t get past the semi finals, but can you even win championships? We have 16 and how many do Clippers have?

          • CLIPPERSRUNLA

            you can’t even make the playoffs. lol

          • #LA OLD SCHOOL D#

            YOU HAVE ONE GOOD SEASON AND U THINK U RUN LA UR A JOKE BLAKES HURT AGAIN LOL AND DEANDRE IS A DUNKER TOO NO BACK TO BASKET SKILLS AT ALL ICE CUBE Said iT BEST CLIPPERS ALWAYS BE JV SQUAD

          • CLIPPERSRUNLA

            Minor fracture, Blake32 returns in preseason. He will be healthy and good to go.

          • CLIPPERSRUNLA

            see if u can make it to the playoffs, lol

      • Derek Clark

        You’re still here? Here’s how I know Lakers still run LA: you’ve been commenting on our boards so concerned about what we’re doing for the past month now. Will you ever see any of us giving a damn about the Clippers or going to the Clippers Nation site creating fake profiles? No, because Clips ain’t nothing to us.

      • Lakersallday

        lol, win a western conference title before you flap your gums, lol cippers fan.

      • ColeWorldNoBlanket

        Suck a dick troll, the kkklippers will always be the Lakers retarded little brother.

      • MM

        Naw bro, winning one Pacific Division Title doesn’t mean that you run L.A.

        • CLIPPERSRUNLA

          beating LAL by 48 means we run la

  • vlade

    wow lakers suck, byron scott has is a losing coach

    • http://people.ign.com/ltsjoemama ltsJoeMama

      He was good with the Nets and Hornets. His only down years were with the Cavs. But who can blame him? The Cavs weren’t that great.

    • purp& goldpride

      You know who else had a losing record prior to having 3 hof on his squad? Doc rivers.
      The only coach who has EVER done more with less is popovich…everybody else will only be as good as their roster.

      • 16 of em

        THANKS ..HE NEEDED THAT, BUT YOU CAN NO LONGER TALK TO HIM BECAUSE I PUT HIM ON PUNISHMENT TIL THE PLAYOFFS SO HE CAN THINK ABOUT HIS COMMENTS…SINCERELY 16 O EM

      • Guest

        Pops always had Duncan.

    • Thomas Klein

      Has is a losing coach? Learn how to talk………

    • 3339

      doc rivers was average at best before he joined the celtics. They gave him the players and he used them the best. Byron’s been to the finals twice already, and LA will add great players down the road

      • CLIPPERSRUNLA

        in your dreams

    • nlruizjr

      not as bad as your losing grammar !!!

      • vulkanthekrusader

        IM DEAD LOL

    • VillainKing™

      FUCK YOU vlade,,,!you are the loser one here!!!!

      • 16 of em

        NO WORRIES HES GROUNDED UNTIL THE PLAYOFFS…I HAD TO PUNISH SON…

  • WAYNER

    Lets play Prediction-

    Prediction- I can see the Lakers getting a 6 or 7th spot in the western conference finals and competing with the top teams, once we get their Kobe will be 100 % from Byron managing his minutes all season and Kobe will carry the team on his back and win us the finals.

    If that doesn’t happen we will still make the playoffs and after the success players and fans will hop back on the LA bandwagon, i am from Washington, DC and i have always been a lakers fan since i was 8 yrs old, since i was a kid the Wizards could not even fill arenas and tickets were so cheap, i never went to clippers games but as i watched tv the Clippers had more fans their than the Wizards had at their games and once the Wizards started winning everyone started to become Wizards fans, if you looked at the Wizards roster you would have never thought the Wizards could have almost swept the Bulls or have Indiana Pacers with a better roster up 2 games to 0 and then have very close competitive games but my point is, as Laker fans we are truly loyal and we hate to lose and thats some thing that DR.Buss has instilled in the fans and Laker organization

    People look at other teams roster who we have much better talent than they can go to playoffs but they say we don’t have a chance and i am talking east or west.

    • Okaaay

      7th or 8th is more realistic. The Lakers have their work cut out for them to make the playoffs. The Spurs, Clippers, Thunder, Trail Blazers, Rockets, Grizzlies, Warriors, and Mavericks. Not to mention, that the Pelicans with a healthy Jrue Holiday and Anthony Davis are poised to cause some disruption among those teams.

      • WAYNER

        What is this whole thing about realistically that people keep bringing up, realistically i’m tired of hearing it we are going in to a new season this is a different kind of drive and will to win, this is a whole new team now, a whole new identity, new atmosphere, new talent, Veterans are healthy, New coach, New system, a team full of underdogs with drive and something to prove

        Realistically lets start fresh from last year 2013/14 first game of the season looking at the Blazers roster nobody would have pick them to get the 5th spot in the western conference cause the year before 2012-13 they finish in the 11th spot 33-49

        Realistically who would have thought the nuggets would have went from the 3 seed in 2012-13 and fall to 11 2013-14

        Realistically we don’t know this a new attitude and the one thing we have is a coach with confidence and previous success a Kobe Bryant with 5 rings we strive for greatness.

        • CLIPPERSRUNLA

          Realistically, you are not making the playoffs. LOL

          • WAYNER

            Realistically we could get the number 1 or number 2 spot

          • CLIPPERSRUNLA

            haha, well not according to every single NBA analyst on TV & Radio. Even the guys on AM710 Lakertalk say that the Lakers are in for another miserable losing season, not headed to playoffs, and Kobe is going out a loser.

          • 16 WORLD TITLES

            There are two prof. basketball teams in Los Angeles:
            The LAKERS AND THE WANNA BE LAKERS!!!

    • joshhh

      ur a laker fan that thinks and believes with ur heart and doesn’t look at the big picture around u the sky’s the limit wit u

      • WAYNER

        Yes the sky should always be the limit but actually a Laker fan who thinks with my mind and have just as much confidence as our new coach and Kobe Bryant i actually study stats and look at the previous years oppose to just one bad season, i look at a roster and see what each player brings to the team, i study numbers, NBA games i consider myself along the lines of an internet nba analyst

        I don’t let the media and blogs control my emotions which guys like yourself do thinking with emotions instead of knowing what a person can do and how they can adjust, i said to numerous people in 2011 that Lebron was going to win a championship they told me the same thing you just said and called me crazy he won 2, i also said that Lebron would go back to Cleveland people also said the way Cleveland treated him he would never go back and they basically said what you said 4 yrs later i was who saw the big picture i hope you save this comment cause in april you will see who believes with their heart.

        • nlruizjr

          Josh, I like your grit, and I do believe the lakers will surprise a lot of people this season, the Lakers have players that have l lot to prove and I like the 2 new rookies and they should do well in the 2nd unit, I also like that they retained Henry, Kelly, Young, Hill and sorry we lost Bazemore and Farmar, plus I like the 2 new add on’s, Boozer and Lin, in the right system and with the right coach, these 2 can be very productive and last with a healthy Kobe, this team will surprise.

    • 16 of em

      5TH SEED..SPURS OKC OUR YOUNGER BROTHERS AND EITHER G.S. OR DALLAS..DALLAS MY SLEEPER

      • Rodrigo

        dallas should not be anyones sleeper. they are the real deal lol

        • comrade24

          agreed. Dallas moved WAY up this summer. I hate Mark Cuban with a passion but they did a great job of surrounding Dirk with talent. It helps when your superstar makes the same as Jordan Hill does though.

    • CLIPPERSRUNLA

      huh? No, you are not making the playoffs. LOL

      • comrade24

        have fun cleaning the glass on your empty trophy case.

        • CLIPPERSRUNLA

          yup, have fun watching us in the postseason and seeing Magic Johnson in the stands at OUR games!! LOL

          • comrade24

            And yet you’re here instead of a clippernation site. Oh wait, I typed in that URL and got error 404: web site does not exist. Just like the clippers banners hanging from the rafters at staples. Are you just mad cause you had to buy new jerseys when you switched your favorite team?

          • CLIPPERSRUNLA

            too bad you can’t even get to the playofffs. LOLs!

          • CLIPPERSRUNLA

            It’s called ClipsNation We have confidence in what we really are. We don’t make up BS stories like LakersNation. For example, when LN reported that Kobe, Melo, and Love were practicing together at UCLA. Total bologna story…..but it got dumbass Lakerfans all excited. LOL

  • purp& goldpride

    Ughh. I can’t stand the clippers

    From their flopping too their eerily similar logo in comparison to Lakers logo.

    • CLIPPERSRUNLA

      don’t forget we beat you by 48 points last season, the worst loss in Laker history. flop that, loser #weRUNLA

      • Jerome

        Dude for sure you’re team won by 48.But we were using D-League players and Tank Commander Mike D’Antoni was the coach lol.Lakers have beat the crap out of the Clippers for years and years check all the past games score boards in the box score section and you will be more pissed off at you’re Clippers than we are at our Lakers right now.

        You’re team had the worst winning % ever.Clippers have never been passed the second round that’s pathetic considering the Lakers have 16 championships and 2 in the last 5 years.That’s the facts of life.

        • CLIPPERSRUNLA

          your starters are D-League players. Who is your team leader? too bad Kobe couldn’t recruit any talent. lol

  • Lakers In LA

    Lakers take the Clippers seriously.

    • CLIPPERSRUNLA

      yeah but we don’t take LAL seriously, lol. you guys belong in the Eastern Conference. you are an embarassment to the WEst.

      • Guest

        “yeah but we don’t take LAL seriously, lol.”

        Yes, I guess you didn’t for the first game last season.

      • LeRoy

        1 bad season for LAL and you talk like this?SMH LA Clippers should have had contraction used on them 20 years ago.Come on now you’re crazy.

      • The Lakers Dude

        You are delusional get mental help.

      • Lakers In LA

        You are wrong man.Clippers covered LAL banners they are hiding from the truth.Every dog has his day.Lakers will pounce that Clippers ass put it on repeat.It’s a Lakers town and always will be.16 Championship LAL.

        FLOPPERS HAVE ZERO CHAMPIONSHIPS.

        • CLIPPERSRUNLA

          you guys had a horrible season, face it. Things are getting worse and worse for LAL and better and better 4 us. truth

  • Defense LAL

    All this Lakers and Clippers rivalry is like MLS teams the New York Red Bulls and New York City FC.Yes the Lakers must improve the team and always stay on top of the Clippers.Never let the Clippers dominate this series again in the regular season and we want to take the division back and prove everything on the court.Build the team to be LAC.

  • Super Girl

    YES!!! LOS ANGELES IS FOR THE LAKERS!!! PERIOD…

  • Thomas Klein

    I guess we need to cover their banners when we play them at home games, Oh thats right, they don’t have any banners, never mind !!!

  • Thomas

    Lakers>Clippers

  • Ryan

    Really it is a Lakers town but we must at least make the playoffs and split the series in order to gain back our respect.We play for championships as the Lakers so lets get to work and hurry up and start winning again.

  • Truth B Told

    Clippers will always be the other team in LA……….You know….Yankees and the……..mets.

    • 16 of em

      GOOD COMPARISON WITH THE YANKS AND METS…EXACTLY

    • Spade

      Not really a good comparison. The Mets have a whole borough to call their own, their own stadium, and a few championships. The Clippers have none of those things.

      • CLIPPERSRUNLA

        we have a better team than you and fans realize that. look at the insecure laker fan. you couldn’t attract any talent during offseason. what happens when Kobe is gone?????????? tell me

        • Spade

          We’re rebuilding now. Meanwhile your team can’t get past the second round.

          • CLIPPERSRUNLA

            Who are the Lakers rebuilding around? Kobe is in his last year….he barely played last year. So who are your core players? Don’t say Nash.

          • Lance

            Julius Randle,Jordan Clarkson,Jeremy Lin,Tons of cap space.

    • lakers72

      i thought the other team was the sparks…. lol

      • CLIPPERSRUNLA

        we made the postseason and you didn’t. same thing is gonna happen this year. Lakers suck

        • nlruizjr

          Lakers suck 1 yr. vs. Clippers suck 20yrs and get run out of San Diego !!!!! now beg LaL to share their stadium so the commissioner will let them play in LA, apparently you were just sperm back then.

          • CLIPPERSRUNLA

            LAL gonna suck again this year. We not going to let you win any of the 4 games against us.

          • Guest

            I’m sure you said that before last season began.

          • nlruizjr

            that sounds more like a weak prediction than fact !!!!!

          • CLIPPERSRUNLA

            We won’t know any facts until after the games are played. Speaking of predictions, remember that Lakerfan was predicting “Love and Wiggins” for this season. Haha!!

          • nlruizjr

            that’s s t r e t c h i n g it !!!!!

        • vdogg

          ooh, you made the playoffs.. congrats! when was the parade? sorry i missed it. if there is any justice, your racist BS team with a racist owner and even racist announcers will never win the chip. better hang those pacific division banners now.

          • CLIPPERSRUNLA

            our new owner is Steve Ballmer. He loves everyone and everyone loves him. He’s also about 40x richer than your inept owner

          • Guest

            What does an owner’s wealth have to do with his team’s success? Sterling was three times wealthier than Buss the Elder. That didn’t translate into championships.

          • Judo Mma

            All facts & Excellent reply!!

  • BULL

    OKC, Golden St., Portland, and San Antonio are the only teams im concern with in the western conference.. very else will have to fight as hard as the Lakers.. Parsons, Lin and Asik meant a lot to Houston mark my words.. Clippers have CP3.. that’s it .. Griffin still needs a lot of developing to do .. Lakers have a chance .. a good chance.. and I had to pick a sleeper it would be Jazz.. so with that said 5 teams will make playoffs for sure .. Lakers can fight it out with the rest and have a good chance!

    • VillainKing™

      Yeah Houston will suck this coming season!!!

    • 16 of em

      I PREDICT 5TH SEED…SPURS,OKC, OUR YOUNGER BROTHERS AND DALLAS…PORTLAND JUST DOESNT HAVE IT AND I WAS WATCHING THE PLAYOFFS PLAY BACK AGAINST HTOWN AND LIN REALLY PLAYED GOOD…KOBE DOES GOOD AGAINST THEM TOO….JAZZ NO..EXUM SHOULD BE HERE AND THEY HAVE NOBODY THAT COULD DEVELOP HIS GAME BETTER THAN KOBE…MY SLEEPER IS DALLAS, I LIKED WHAT THEY DID THIS OFF SLTON AND CHANDLER..THE FIT IN WELL AND THEIR GUARD PLAY WILL BE NICE…SIGNED IVAN AMINU TODAY TOO AND A LOT OF FOLKS ON HERE WERE SCREAMING FOR AMINU,,ADD DIRK…SCARY..BUT MAMBA PLAYS WELL AGAINST M TOO…WE SHOULD FOCUS ON OKC AND S.A ONLY..THEY ARE THE CREAM OF THE CROP

      • CLIPPERSRUNLA

        LOL, no chance the Lakers make the playoffs. Too much talent in the West. you would have a fighting chance in the East but even that’s a stretch.

  • 16 of em

    OF COURSE….L.A. HAS HAD SO MANY ALL STARS AND HALL OF FAMERS…THIS SHOUDNT EVEN BE TALKED ABOUT SERIOUSLY… L.A IS NOT A RED AND BLUE CITY BY FAR EVEN IN THE STREETS OF L.A. THE BANGERS AND CELEBS BLEED PURPLE AND GOLD…DONT EVEN KNOW WHY I TOOK ALL THIS TIME TO EXPLAIN TO IDIOTS…#16OF EM… VLADE UR NEXT CHAMP

    • CLIPPERSRUNLA

      Nicholson feels really cool watching the Lakers lose at home to the Bucks and Jazz……oh and a 48 point loss to the Clippshow

      • 16 of em

        #traitor…believe what u want ..last season was not a real team trying..dont be foolish man for real

  • 16 of em

    EVRYONE I HAVE PUT “VLADE”(THIS GUY WHO POSTED EARLIER) ON PUNISHMENT UNTIL THE PLAYOFFS FOR HIS COMMENTS..THANKS SINCERELY 16OF EM

  • CP3

    Sorry, but it’s Lob City now. All the Lakers have is their past, and that gets getting further and further away from them. Kids getting into basketball see the Clippers. They see them in the playoffs, they see them making highlight plays, they see an era where the Clippers reign supreme, and the Lakers are garbage.Pretty soon Steve Ballmer will buy AEG and own the Staples Center. He already owns the superior team. The Lakers have become second class citizens. While the Lakers lean on their past as a crutch the Clippers are building a legacy right now. The city belongs to the Clippers now.

    • Spade

      Allow me to tell you the difference between the Clippers and the Lakers.

      The Clippers are he McMansion in Sarasota that starts falling apart after ten years. The Lakers are the old stone building that stands for centuries.

      The Clippers are having their moment and even gaining some fans, but they will never be the Lakers.

    • vdogg

      the city will NEVER belong to the clippers.

    • Bless your heart

      What they won’t see is the clippers win a championship….. hey, but the kids are young so they will like the selfies that the clippers hang instead of championship banners.

    • independentbynature

      Sorry,but it’s still sob city until you win a title.

  • Spade

    It’s will always be the Lakers town, but the Clippers are gaining a generation of fans thanks to CP and Blake.

    • independentbynature

      Most of their fans are 14 and under.That’s all you see when you go to a Clips game.Lakers fans prefer adult entertainment.

    • Guest

      Three good years hardly produce a generation of fans.

  • Lakers

    Its Lakers, Sparks, Bruins, and Trojans…..did I miss a team?

    • lakers32

      also kings and dodgers…sparks do not belong there. lol. come on.

      • Lakers

        Talking basketball here. Kings and Dodgers definitely up there. But I believe the Sparks won a championship. That’s one more than the Clippers.

  • rik

    next years western conference:
    1. Spurs
    2. Thunder
    3. Clippers
    4. Warriors
    5. Blazers
    6. Lakers
    7. Mavericks
    8. Rockets
    9. Grizz
    10. Suns
    11. Pelicans
    12. Nuggets
    13. Kings
    14. Jazz
    15. Timberwolves

  • Kobe Will Get 6

    It’s time to get 6

  • Pacificblue55

    Clippers needs 16 championships to be called an LA team. They Zero.

  • lakers32

    it will take generations for this to become a clipper town…and oh yeah those banners representing 16 championships also!!! clippers can try and cover our banners up all they want, but the truth remains: Lakers own L.A.

    this is why i love b-scott, he knows what laker pride is all about…not afraid to embrace it, not afraid to talk about it, just that change of mentality will be huge for the young guys and with guys like boozer and lin.

  • Lakersallday

    Oh well, Lakers having a few down years, I mean the Clippers had more then 29 LOSING seasons, lol I cant even take clipper fan seriously. When i look at clippers all time win/loss record and how they have never won western conference title it cracks me up.

    • CLIPPERSRUNLA

      Lakers worst loss in franchise history was on ______________ and they lost to the ________________ by a score of 142-94. (fill in the blanks)

      LOL

  • Judo Mma

    Hey Clipper fans:
    Lakers 16
    Clippers 00

    Enough said!

    • CLIPPERSRUNLA

      yeah but Lakers still get booed off the court by their own “fans”

  • History

    As a Laker fan, I can admit that we are worst in every aspect for contending for a championship. Yes, we can’t get past the semi finals, but can you even win championships? We have 16 and how many do Clippers have? Zero. This will be and forever be Lakerland

  • LakersHeatBeef

    I am a Lakers fan so for me it’s a Lakers Town.We need to start beating the Clips.

    • vdogg

      we will.

  • Zach

    Lakers are out of contention until Kobe retires, Clips are a top 5 team.

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