Like so many Los Angeles natives, growing up I was conditioned to love the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Dodgers first and foremost, followed by the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Angels, and then on to our college teams the UCLA Bruins and yes, and even Trojans. But never as a kid growing up do I recall hearing much about the underdog Clippers. The team shares the STAPLES Center as their home-court with last years NBA Champions and yet still we know so little of them. I mean, for heavens sake, I work for a company that is an official sponsor for the Clippers, and even went to a 2008 Dodgers Playoffs game sharing a bus with Clippers guard Eric Gordon and a few other players, but still I didn’t really give them much thought.
Well, after the Los Angeles Lakers- Los Angeles Clippers game in 2009, marking the first game of the 2009 season for the Los Angeles Clippers, something about their performance caught my eye. They lost to the best team in the NBA by just seven points. Though so far their record is 1-4, I wanted to learn more about the Clippers. For one, out of all thirty NBA teams, the Clippers rank 23rd on the payroll at $58,871,653; compared to home-court brothers the Lakers, who are the highest pay rolled team in the NBA at $91,377,313. It seems for the Clippers to lose their first game of the year against last year’s number one team by just seven points; well they are a noteworthy underdog to say the least. 757 angel number
The Clippers were founded in 1970 as the Buffalo Braves. They were later moved to San Diego and changed their name to San Diego Chargers in 1974 and then finally settled in Los Angeles in 1984. The Clippers are an enigma in that they have never won a Division Title, a Conference Title, or an NBA Championship, making them the oldest NBA team to never appear in the NBA Finals. It must however be noted that the Clippers have advanced to the playoffs four times since their arrival in Los Angeles, most recently their incredible 2006 season, and it is widely believed by fans and critics alike that the Clippers have not quite seen a pool of talent like they have now.
In the 2005 and 2006 season the Clippers posted better records than the Los Angeles Lakers and in 2006 they won the first round of the Playoffs for the second time in the teams’ history; the last of which had been as the Buffalo Braves. The Clippers’ performance in the 2006 playoffs earned their General Manager Elgin Baylor the NBA Executive of the Year Award. Since their astounding 2006 year, in the 2007 season the Clippers final record was 23 wins to 59 losses and in 2008 they won 18 games to sixty-three losses. So as a new Clippers fan, one has to ask, why the sudden change in luck over the last two season and how will the Clippers bounce back this year and escape the shadow of their mega-star brother the Los Angeles Lakers? It is comforting to know that even the Lakers are not undefeated this early into the season. I cannot wait to learn more about the Clippers roster and what each player is made of.
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