Clippers and Lakers Fight Over Staples Center Banners
Lakers offended Clippers want championship banners covered.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: If it's a Clippers home game they should get to do what they want. It's THEIR home game.
When Nick Young stands up to defend Laker Nation you have to scratch your head and wonder if someone is pulling a practical joke. I mean this guy's bean a Laker for about 3 seconds and the fact that he considers anything involving a banner disrespectful considering he was accused of rape last season and has been the center of numerous other groupie rumors is a bit much. Yet, according to ESPN News Young had this to say upon finding out Doc Rivers and the Clippers would be covering the Laker banners for Clipper home games,
"He can do that? For real? That's disrespectful. We got to talk to Doc. He can't have that. We got to do something about that."
Kobe Bryant is also reportedly upset about the banners being covered. I can accept Kobe's opinion a lot easier than I want to hear anything come out of Nick Young's mouth on the subject, although on this one Kobe's simply wrong.
The beef comes over the Clippers covering up the Lakers championship banners with giant posters of Blake Griffin, Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan, J.J. Redick, Jamal Crawford, Matt Barnes, and Jared Dudley for Clipper home games.
Doc Rivers had this to say about the cosmetic changes to the Staples Center this season, "It's no disrespect. I have an amazing amount of respect for the Lakers. Having said that, I work for the Clippers, and when we play, it should be the Clippers' arena. I would say they probably feel the same way when they play. That's all it is."
When it's the Clippers home game they should be able to do anything they want to the arena. It's supposed to be their home game. I can't believe they allowed the Laker banners to hang there as long as they have. I wouldn't want to look at my opponents trophy case hanging above me either. The fact that some Lakers are offended by this is ridiculous and Nick Young needs to stop defending something he's not even a part of yet.