PLAYA VISTA, Calif. For a team that has never won a NBA championship but shares an arena with a team that has won many, a division title is no small thing.
The Clippers appreciate the importance of winning the franchises first Pacific Division crown, an achievement they didnt attain in 27 previous seasons in Los Angeles or in six seasons in San Diego or eight in Buffalo.
So the thought of hanging a banner in Staples even if it pales in comparison to the 16 league championship banners owned by the Lakers is one that is embraced by some players, although not all.
I think that would be special because its a moment in history, forward Caron Butler said Friday. Winning 50 (games) is a special moment. Acquiring guys like Chris Paul and Blake Griffin and having the roster we have, expectations have soared through the roof. Were trying to do big things and trying to build some momentum for years to come.
The Clippers won their franchise-first 50th game Wednesday, beating the Phoenix...