MANILA, Philippines – At least one member of the Los Angeles Lakers was not pleased to find out that the Clippers decided to cover up their championship banners whenever the latter plays a home game at the Staples Center.
The Los Angeles Times reported last week that Clippers coach Doc Rivers had the Lakers’ championship banners – as well as retired numbers – covered with images of Clippers players.
During Clippers home games, fans will see banners of Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, De Andre Jordan and other Clippers players instead of the Lakers’ banners.
“Listen, I think this is our arena when we play,” Rivers told the LA Times. “So I just thought it would be good that we show our guys. No disrespect to them, but when we play, it’s the Clippers arena as far as I know.”
“They (the Lakers) won championships so they have the right to put them up,” said Jordan, the Clippers center. “But at the same time, it doesn’t say Lakers Arena outside. It says Staples.”
Lakers guard Nick Young, however, was displeased to find out what Rivers did.
“He (Rivers) can do that? For real?” Young said in an ESPN LA interview. “That’s disrespectful.”
“We got to talk to Doc. He can’t have that. We got to do something about that,” he added. “I think he shouldn’t come in and have so much pull like that. He’s got to earn his keep… Look at all these banners in here, you can’t shadow those up.”
Interestingly, Young previously played for the Clippers before signing with the Lakers in the offseason.
Former league MVP and now Lakers point guard Steve Nash was more diplomatic.
“I guess if you were in the Clippers’ organization, you probably want to do that, too. It’s their arena on their night, so I would try to make it feel like home,” Nash said.
The Lakers and the Clippers have shared the Staples Center since the 1999 season.