In Shadow of Lakers, Clippers on Rise

In Shadow of Lakers, Clippers on Rise

For the Clippers, watching the attention bestowed on their Staples Center co-tenants in the wake of their dysfunctional opening to the season has to bring about a certain amount of George Constanza-style frustration. Sure, the Lakers fired coach Mike Brown five disappointing games into their superteam season, and sure they bungled the hiring of Mike D’Antoni by simultaneously reaching out to esteemed coach Phil Jackson.

But remember, this team is owned by Donald Sterling. Just check the history books for decades of Clippers bungling and Sterling dysfunction. And look at the recent past, in which the Clippers allowed head coach Vinny Del Negro to twist in the wind before announcing he would stay on the job (that was in late May), then announced the re-signing of their GM while that GM was negotiating to take the Portland job (that was in early June), then waited three months before finally naming a replacement general manager. Heck, they even brought on reality show sad-sack Lamar Odom, who was so bad in Dallas last year the Mavericks asked him to simply stay away and who is now averaging 1.6 points on 21.2 percent shooting.

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