Lakers Leave Clippers in the Dust
Last season, the Clippers finished two games behind the Lakers in the standings as they both were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs. The Clippers responded this offseason by adding key pieces to their roster in an effort to compete for a championship.
Jamal Crawford, Chauncey Billups, Grant Hill, Lamar Odom, Ronny Turiaf, Ryan Hollins. All newcomers to a team with high hopes. Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Caron Butler and DeAndre Jordan welcome their new teammates to Staples as they attempt to dethrone the Lakers from Los Angeles supremacy.
But just as the Clippers begin to feel great about their chances, the Lakers pull the trigger on a deal that lands them the top defensive player in the league to anchor the middle of their defense. Dwight Howard starting alongside Pau Gasol Steve Nash and, of course, Kobe Bryant gives the Lakers the top team in the league on paper. Bynum slowed the pace because he was jogging on one knee every night.
The Lakers have once again proved to their co-tenants that they rein supreme. They bring to light the fact that they have the championship tradition. They have the championship banners. And they will continue to raise them, all while squashing the Clippers hopes and dreams.
Well, for now anyway. Blake Griffin may just turn out to become the top power forward in basketball in a few years (once he develops his 15-foot jumper and fine-tunes his defense). Chris Paul is still the top point guard in basketball. DeAndre Jordan, just maybe, will work on his offensive game and become a legitimate threat in the post. Lamar Odom will find his game back in Los Angeles and contend for Sixth Man of the Year once again. Well, Clipper Nation hopes so.
It seems like order has been restored in the NBA. The Lakers add the top center in the game and the Clippers are left scratching their heads. But don't count the ugly duckling Clips out. They are tough, gritty and athletic. Clippers/Lakers games will be the hottest ticket in the upcoming NBA season.
Los Angeles: The Mecca of Basketball.