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SBD/October 22, 2013/Franchises
Rivers Says Clippers Mean No Disrespect By Covering Up Lakers' Championship Banners
Published October 22, 2013
LONG TIME COMING: The Boston Globe's Bob Ryan said the issue of the Clippers covering up the Lakers banners "should have been negotiated" when the Clippers moved into the Staples Center. Ryan: "This could have been taken care of 14 years ago when they opened up this building. ... This is a management issue that should have been taken care of." ESPN's Michael Wilbon: "What they're saying is, 'It's our home game.' It's a Clipper home game and so if they want to walk around the building as somebody did and say, 'You know what, cover anything up that says Lakers.' They are tenants" ("PTI," ESPN, 10/21). ESPN's George Karl said, "I love covering up the Lakers' banners. That is fantastic and … that should have been done years ago" ("ESPN The Magazine NBA Preview Show," ESPN2, 10/21). CBSSN’s Allie LaForce: “I like that Doc is trying to transform the image of the Clippers. ... Any rival would not want to just stare at the other team’s success at their home court” (“Lead Off,” CBSSN, 10/21).