NBA LA LA land. Lakers AND Clippers advance...but Stern's veto power won't help them go any further!
Wake up Kobe. To some of Los Angeles, advancing to the second round is a big deal!
Cheer proudly Blake Grifin. Keep that fist & a half pumped Caron Butler. You guys have won a playoff series for only the third time in franchise history. Though you couldn't have done it alone. I think you and all 20 Clippers fans have someone to thank for this monumental moment in Los Angeles basketball history...
"What can I say, the Lakers have too many stars already!"
Tell that to 90% of Los Angeles who now has to watch Chris Paul play on the 'other' Los Angeles team. Thanks to the commish's overt abuse of power, a trade that would have sent the league's best true point guard to the Lakers was vetoed. Less than a week later, Chris Paul still lands in LA, only to play on a team that people had only bothered going to see play in the past because the ticket prices were 50% cheaper. This is the ONLY reason why the Clippers even exist, Money! And since the most populated city in the country still inexplicably lacks a football team, enough sports-hungry fans will come to watch a lesser team play.
"So what's your point?"
Thanks for asking Dave. Is it alright that I call you Dave?
Okay sorry it won't happen again Dave. As I was saying, my point, Dave, is that after living in Los Angeles for five years, I can say first hand that until now, nobody cared about the Clippers and everyone cares about the Lakers. Sure Blake Griffin earned a few casual fans abroad, but the love affair was with Blake Griffin and his ability to dominate SportsCenter's Top 10. Nobody cared if his team won or lost by 20 as long as he kept dunking. When it comes down to wins and losses, the majority of Los Angeles still wants the Lakers in the Finals and the Clippers, well, who cares what they do?! I mean have you been to a Clippers home game? The seats are purple and gold! What does that tell you?
"Hey cut it out. I have been a loyal Clippers fan for five months now!"
And Clippers Nation greatly appreciated your dedicated support...
"Hey what's done is done. I'm a Clipper now and we are still playing for an NBA Championship. Why all the hate?"
Sorry Paul, it's nothing personal. But thanks to Stern having vetoed a trade that would have perpetuated the success of LA's most revered team, instead we now have two above-average Los Angeles teams, neither of which are good enough to advance to the NBA Finals.
"I hate to admit it but I think you're right!"
Thank you Kobe, I knew you were a sensible guy. The Denver Nuggets were a decent team. Memphis was also pretty decent. But neither team has the talent of an Oklahoma City Thunder squad or the consistency of a rejuvenated San Antonio Spurs team. The Spurs and Thunder are excellent this year, as evidenced by their torrid regular seasons and manhandling of their first round opponents. On the flip side, both the Lakers and Clippers barely eked out victories against lesser competition, and both squads enter the second round as clear underdogs.
"So you're telling me an underdog can't win?"
No Steve Blake, some underdogs can win. Heck every time you earn playing time as the Laker's point guard, an underdog is winning. But after watching ageless wonder Andre Miller torch you and every other point guard who tried to guard him, I have a tough time believing anybody in the Clippers backcourt spare Kobe can handle guarding Russell Westbrook.
"Hey I'll check Russell."
I'm sure you will Kobe, and you will do a pretty good job. But Westbrook is not Andre Miller. He runs. Fast. He will make you work so hard on the defensive end, your amazing offensive game will suffer. And with Durant and Harden scoring in bunches, your team will need you to be as sharp as ever.
"I think you're forgetting about someone."
Sorry Bynum. I will admit you have had a great year and at times last round, you looked dominant. But Kendrick Perkins is more stout than Javale McGee and like ghosts, until I see you dominate a playoff series I won't believe the phenomenon exists. That said, unlike the Spurs-Clippers series, the Lakers-Thunder matchup does not heavily favor the Thunder. But if it weren't for Stern's veto, the Chris Paul-Kobe Bryant Lakers would have had an overwhelming advantage against the Thunder and any other team that tried to stop that would-have-been dynamic duo. Instead, Stern voided an otherwise agreed upon deal and now fans in LA have to support one underdog or...
San Antonio Spurs defeat the Los Angeles Clippers in 5 games.
Oklahoma City Thunder defeat the Los Angeles Lakers in 6 games.
*Los Angeles Lakers with Chris Paul would have defeated OKC in 5.
*Los Angeles Clippers without Chris Paul would not have made playoffs.