During the NBA off-season, all the sports talk in Los Angeles was about the Los Angeles Clippers rising to new heights and the Los Angeles Lakers falling into mediocrity. With the crosstown rivals playing tomorrow night to kick off the 2013-14 NBA season, Chris Kaman shared his thoughts about the city possibly turning into a Clippers town. While the Clippers swept the Lakers in the regular season last year and there are championship expectations with the hiring of coach Doc Rivers, Kaman doesn’t think it will ever happen according to Lakers Nation’s Serena Winters via Twitter as of Oct. 28:
Kaman: "I respect what they're (Clippers) doing and what they've done but still theres nothing like the Lakers…"
While Kaman respects what owner Donald Sterling and the Clippers are doing now, there is a certain allure the Lakers have in his eyes that will never be matched. Regardless if the Clippers decided to cover the championship banners and retired jerseys at their home games, everyone knows the history behind one of the greatest franchises in sports.
The former 2010 All-Star played eight seasons for the Clippers before getting traded in a package deal for Chris Paul. During his time with the franchise, Kaman felt owner Donald Sterling didn’t care about winning and mentioned numerous stories, including how the Clippers had to practice at a local community college.
Needless to say, it seems as thought Kaman still has a sour taste in his mouth from his time with the Clippers and is looking forward to playing against his old team in the season opener on Tuesday.
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