However the Staples Center has always been adorned with the Lakers 16 championship banners and 10 retired uniform numbers, making it seem like a Lakers shrine even when the arena is flipped for Clippers “home games”.
Well, new head coach Doc Rivers has decided to change all that, and Nick Young doesn’t like it.
During a preseason game Friday against the Portland Trailblazers, the Clippers covered up all of the Lakers regalia with posters of their own current players in order to make the Staples Center feel more like, well, home when they are designated as such.
“He can do that?” Young said, according to a report from ESPN.com’s Dave McMenamin “For real? That’s disrespectful. We got to talk to Doc. He can’t have that. We got to do something about that.”
“That’s a lot of pull y’all are giving Doc,” Young continued. “I think he shouldn’t come in and have so much pull like that. He’s got to earn his keep.”
On one hand I can understand the sentiment from Young, as the Staples Center has always seemed like more of a Lakers building.
Times are changing though.
The ideal situation would be to have a new building for the Clippers somewhere – I have no idea where – to create an entirely new identity. Because really, we all know what’s behind those posters.
Can you blame the Clippers for wanting it feel like their own, unique place?