The Clippers only played four playoff games between 1984-85, when they moved to Los Angeles from San Diego, and 2010-11, the season before they traded for All-Star point guard Chris Paul. During this period, the Lakers won eight championships.
“The Clippers have always been looked at as another team,” said Paul Pierce, a Hall of Famer who grew up in Inglewood and spent the last two years of his 19-year NBA career with the Clippers.
There were times when the Clippers flashed into the imagination of the basketball world. In the early 2000s, a group of young players including Darius Miles, Lamar Odom and Quentin Richardson earned fans adoration for their fun-loving nature and ultra-talented team’s playing style. But the Clippers only made the playoffs once in the first decade of the century.
“The Clippers never had a spot, you know what I mean?” said Baron Davis, 43, a two-time All-Star defenseman who grew up in Los Angeles and played for UCLA. another destination in los angeles“.
They didn’t become serious contenders until they traded Paul to the New Orleans in December 2011 and ushered in the so-called Lob City era, named after the way Paul paired up with high-flying forward Blake Griffin for thrilling dunks that highlighted fast breaks. .
This period coincided with a downturn for the Lakers, which opened the door for some fans, especially younger ones, to choose the Clippers.
“The Lakers sucked when I first started watching basketball,” high school student Charlie Muir said at a recent Clippers game. He added: “I saw the Clippers. They had, for example, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin. It was the Lob City era, so it was very interesting to watch.”