When coach Doc Rivers was shipped from Boston across the country to Los Angeles, the first thing he wanted to do was to create an identity for his Clippers. That meant separating the franchise from the massive shadow of the Lakers – no easy task with all of the Lake-show’s banners hanging in their shared Staples Center home arena.
Doc decided his new team needed to cover those banners for all Clips games. It is relatively old news, but with the start of the preseason, we finally see how the franchise went about covering up the yellow and purple banners: With posters of the Clippers’ star players.
“The culture is changing and we want to be a winner,” Rivers told news reporters. “And to do that, I think we have to make changes. (The change) at Staples Center is one that I thought we needed to make. We don’t leave a Lakers (playing) floor down, do we? And they don’t play on the Clippers floor. They take it up. That’s all we’re saying. It’s no disrespect and all that stuff. I have an amazing amount of respect for the Lakers. Having said that, I work for the Clippers. When we play it should be the Clippers’ arena.”
What do you think of the new banners? Trampling on the Lakers’ legacy or long overdue?