Sugene Lee

My Take: Clippers vs. Lakers Preseason Preview

In NBA: LA Clippers on December 17, 2011 at 10:45 am

In approximately 2 1/2 days, the Clippers will be taking on the Lakers in an exhibition game. While things have been looking up for the Clippers the past week, the Lakers have been a whole different story. It started out with David Stern’s veto on the CP3 trade, then Lamar getting sent to Dallas, now, Kobe’s wife is filing a divorce. Who would’ve thought all this was possible in one week?

Lakers: With their first preseason game in a couple of days, it can go either way. They don’t have a true point guard, their bench isn’t deep, and they have more than enough problems one team can handle. With their new coach, Mike Brown, they had to learn a whole new game without much time. Also, not only the Lakers, but all teams in the league need more than just a couple weeks to get used to each other. So it can get a little messy. In other news, Kobe can either let his emotions about the divorce get to him and pull a Pau Gasol, or he can come out strong and determined and play his game like he always does. Kobe has never let his emotions get to him and has sent out a message to the league that he only worries about winning and nothing else. He doesn’t care about being the “boring team” in L.A as long as they get results. Those are true words of a champion. But will all these negative events bring them down, or will it fuel their motivation and lead them to a W? Majority of the people say the Lakers will still be L.A.’s team, but I’m not so sure about that.

Clippers: They have never received so much attention in the past three decades. Clippers were able to acquire the best point guard in the league with a couple veterans with championship experience. With such an improvement in their roster, people are starting to talk about the Clippers contending. Not just playoffs, but championships in the near future. Personally, I don’t want to make any guesses, but I definitely do hope for the best. I feel like playoffs are a given at this point, but championships don’t come that easily. In the next few years they might just be in the Finals, but we’ll see what happens. It isn’t that easy for teams to mend so easily when only playing with each other for several days, no matter how good the players are, but CP3 showed a lot of excitement about playing with the Clippers and is determined to win. Blake Griffin didn’t give out any numbers on how many games they will win or how far they will go into the playoffs, but he did promise that when people talk about the Clippers, it won’t be a joke anymore. Now, that’s an exciting promise.
I just hope they don’t come out too prideful and continue to play to their best abilities starting Monday night.

As a Los Angeles native, I do support both L.A. teams, but I’ve been supporting the Clippers more. So there is probably some bias in all my articles, but that’s just my excitement for this new and improved team. In addition to that, I really do hope the Clippers go home with a win.

It’s going to be an exciting year for the Clippers, so people better hop onto the bandwagon because it’s going to be full. I don’t really like the fact that people are jumping on the Clippers bandwagon due to the trade of CP3, but since I can’t control it, might as well welcome them and support the Clippers together.  Season tickets have already been sold out along with partial plans for the Clippers. Yes. The “other” L.A team’s season tickets are already sold out. This proves the expectations of this team and Clippernation hopes to watch this team go deep into the playoffs.

1st Preseason game: Monday, December 19, 2011 @ Staples Center 7:30 pm.
It’s going to be “Lob City!”


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