Originally written November 13, 2012 on Fox Sports West:
PLAYA VISTA, Calif. No matter what they do or whom they beat, the Clippers seem destined to fly beneath the NBA radar a fact of life when the basketball universe orbits around the Lakers. The Clippers have victories over four playoff teams from last season, they lead the Pacific Division with a 5-2 record and they face the defending champion Miami Heat on Wednesday night at Staples Center, but the airwaves cant seem to get enough of the soap opera that surrounds LAs other team. A little acknowledgement please? To us, all that stuff is irrelevant, Clippers coach Vinny Del Negro said Tuesday. Its early in the season; theres been a lot of things going on over there. Its understandable. Were focused on what we can control and our preparation. Were looking at the big picture. Compared to the Lakers, the Clippers look absolutely stable. The Lakers fired one coach and hired another less than two weeks into the season; the Clippers have committed themselves to Del Negro. The Laker...
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