Lakers Players React To Clippers Covering The Lakers Banners
With the recent news that the Clippers will cover up the Lakers banners during their home games, Mark Medina of the LA Daily News asked some of the Lakers their thoughts on the Clippers antics.
“We got to talk to Doc,” Young said Sunday at the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo. “He can’t have that. We have to do something about that. [...]
“That’s a lot of pull y’all are giving Doc,” Young said. “He shouldn’t come and have that much pull. He should come and earn his keep.”
The Lakers have earned the right to feature their banners and retired jerseys at Staples Center. The team’s history of bringing in great players and fielding competitive teams has allowed them to display their storied history in the building that they play in.
For the Clippers, they’re finally fielding some teams that many think can compete for a championship this season. However, the fact that they haven’t been able to shouldn’t give them the right to cover the history of the other team (or teams) that share the building. Of the four tenants in the Staples Center (the Sparks of the WNBA and Kings of the NHL) have all fielded championship teams and have banners in the arena.
Steve Nash looked at it from the Clippers point of view.
“If you were on the Clippers organization, you’d probably want to do that too,” Lakers guard Steve Nash said. “It’s their arena on those nights. I would try to make it feel like home.”
It’ll be interesting to see how fans of both teams respond to Lakers/Clippers games in which Clippers are the home team. For all four games, fans from both teams will show up, so the reaction to the different feel of Staples will be one to keep an eye on.
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