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In Shadow of Lakers, Clippers on Rise

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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...

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