Balloons, banners & the battle for LA hoops bragging rights
APR 22, 2014 7:23p ET
First it was the banners. Now it’s balloons. And a lot of hot air.
The Los Angeles Clippers are in the playoffs (and they made that known with a beat down of the Warriors on Monday). The Los Angeles Lakers are not. The two rivals share a building that has lots of banners, and that has led to a season-long battle for bragging rights.
The most recent slight came when Clippers team colors showed up on balloons tied to a statue of Magic Johnson outside Staples Center. Check it out:
Now, as expected Lakers fans weren’t too thrilled with their icon being defiled. They, of course, took to Twitter to voice their displeasure. Here’s a small sampling:
Clippers fans show no respect, cheap move putting balloons on Magic Johnson's statue.— ‼️HüÑtĒR ŁËšTėR‼️ (@LesterHunter10) April 22, 2014
Don't appreciate these clippers balloons on Magic. pic.twitter.com/lgn5EGc6gj— Natalia (@NataliaN__) April 22, 2014
Clippers 2 busy hanging balloons pic.twitter.com/HDW8CI2BPw— 707 keep u head up (@lakeshow2013) May 1, 2013
This little back and forth goes back to October, when the Clips decided they didn't want to see their rivals' championship banners during games.
At the time, Clippers coach Doc Rivers said: "Listen, I think this is our arena when we play. So I just thought it would be good that we show our guys (in banners). No disrespect to them. But when we play, it's the Clippers' arena as far as I know."
(H/t to FTW)