Nick Young Thinks Clippers Covering Lakers Banners Is 'Disrespectful'
"He can do that?" Young said after finding out that Rivers spearheaded the veiling, according to ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin. "For real? That's disrespectful. We got to talk to Doc. He can't have that. We got to do something about that."
Like what exactly? Give him swirlies in the Clippers' locker room? Noogies until he cries "Uncle?"
Rivers is notoriously obstinate. When he's adamant about something, he doesn't back down. Those banners are going to be covered, fans are going to see Chris Paul and Blake Griffin's shining faces and we all must deal with it.
That doesn't sit well with Young, who's genuinely perplexed by how Rivers could get away with such a crime.
"That's a lot of pull y'all are giving Doc," Young said, per McMenamin. "I think he shouldn't come in and have so much pull like that. He's got to earn his keep."
Never mind that Rivers has already coached a championship team or that Young isn't a tenured Lakers player himself. Let's crucify for Rivers for attempting to change the culture in Tinseltown. Or as I like to say, doing his job.
If Rivers' plan was to set one banner ablaze a night until none of the 16 remained, then I'd see the issue. Otherwise I'm with Steve Nash, who doesn't see the value in getting riled up about an event so trivial it's not worth debating within 10 feet your office water cooler.
"I guess if you were in the Clippers' organization you probably want to do that, too," Nash said, via McMenamin "It's their arena on their night, so I would try to make it feel like home."
Should the Clippers be allowed to cover the Lakers' championship banners?
The Clippers will always be the second most-popular basketball team in Los Angeles. Even after winning their first division title, nothing has changed. And it's never going to change, regardless of how many wins the Clippers rack up or championship drapes Rivers covers.
Los Angeles will always be the Lakers' town. Their success over the years is superfluous and therefore insurmountable, at least right now.
If cloaking a few streamers makes the Clippers feel more out at home or reminds a few additional peeps that they're currently the better team, then shrug it off. There are more pressing things to worry about.
Like whether Doc prefers his head-first forays into toilets to come on a clockwise or counter-clockwise flush, for instance.
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