Los Angeles Clippers head Coach Doc Rivers had the Los Angeles Lakers championship banners covered up and had his players’ banners draped over them instead at Staples Center on Friday. Rivers is reported to say that the Clippers will do this with every home game they have in the season.
The Lakers have 12 championship banners. Minneapolis has its five titles on one banner. Also the Lakers have 10 retired jerseys, including Chick Hearn’s microphone retired jersey. The jerseys they have retired are all Hall Of Famers, except for Shaquille O’Neal but there is no doubt he is going to be a Hall Of Famer. “Well, I didn’t look at it as the banner thing,” Rivers maintained. “I just look at it as putting our guys up.”
The Clippers had banners of Jamal Crawford, Blake Griffin, J.J. Redick, DeAndre Jordan, Jared Dudley, Chris Paul, and Matt Barnes up on the wall. No disrespect to Barnes, but what has he done to deserve a banner.
The Kings’ championship banner was still up on the opposite side of the arena. Rivers was asked why he didn’t put up his banners on the same side as the Kings’ banner.
“Listen, I think this is our arena when we play,” Rivers said. “So I just thought it would be good that we show our guys. No disrespect to them. But when we play, it’s the Clippers’ arena as far as I know.”
DeAndre Jordan has been with the Clippers for five seasons and he always wondered why the Lakers had their banners at the forefront.
“You’ve got to give those [Lakers] guys credit. They won championships so they have the right to put them up,” Jordan said. “But at the same time, it doesn’t say Lakers Arena outside. It says Staples.”
Personally, I think this is great. You shouldn’t have to play in anyone’s shadow, but in the same way it’s disrespectful.
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