The decision to cover up the Lakers’ championship banners and retired jerseys during Clippers’ home games at Staples Center has gotten a lot of publicity lately. Some think it’s a great idea, others think it’s disrespectful, others don’t really care either way. But when asked about the decision to make the Clipper games look more like Clipper games, new head coach Doc Rivers clarified the reasoning behind the move.
Here are Rivers’ comments, as told to Arash Markazi of ESPN:
“The culture is changing, and we want to be a winner,” Rivers said Monday. “To do that, we have to make changes, and the one at Staples Center is one that I thought we needed to make. We don’t leave the Lakers floor down, do we? And they don’t play on the Clippers floor; they take it up. That’s all.
So, instead of seeing the Lakers’ banners when you’re at a Clippers game, you’ll see posters of current Clipper players. How exciting.
Like it or not, the Clippers/Lakers rivalry is certainly getting more interesting. Which, believe it or not, is good for the NBA. And, to make things even more interesting, the two L.A. squads will face off next Tuesday, on opening night of the 2013-14 NBA season.
And, in case you were wondering, the Laker banners will be visible on opening night.
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