Clipped: Why Lebron James Could End Up On “The Other LA”

Matt StaffContributor IJune 9, 2010

BOSTON - MAY 13:  LeBron James #23  of the Cleveland Cavaliers tries to rally his team in the fourth quarter against the Boston Celtics during Game Six of the Eastern Conference Semifinals of the 2010 NBA playoffs at TD Garden on May 13, 2010 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Celtics defeated the Cavaliers 94-85.  NOTE TO USER: User Expressly Acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
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We knew this day would come.  We’ve waited for years now with our calendars marked and yet somehow, we all get sucked into every rumor and fictitious piece of headline grabbing news we hear or read.


Maybe our expectations just weren’t high enough for the media swirl that has been created by this year’s free agent crop but, the Clippers?  Really?


Could Lebron James actually head out west to one of the league’s most laughable franchises?  We called the Clippers “cursed” for a reason.  Their string of #1 overall picks has netted them zero NBA championships in their 40 year history.  Shaun Livingston, Michael Olowokandi, and most notably and recent, Blake Griffin, are three prime examples of the Clippers’ own Madden curse.  Injuries or busts, either way, they haven’t worked out (yet in Griffin’s case).


So what do they have going for them you might ask?   A young stockpile of talent in Eric Gordon and Blake Griffin along with solid veteran experience in Baron Davis and Chris Kaman.  Most importantly, this is Los Angeles we’re talking about.


The Lakers have ruled the city (and state) but that doesn’t diminish the Clippers value as a big market team.  The endorsements, the marketability and the limelight will all be there for James should he land there.


Recent news also suggests there’s a possibility of new and younger ownership.


Talent? Check.  Endorsements?  Check.  Limelight? Check.  Oh, and then there’s the added challenge of sitting in Kobe Bryant’s backyard and trying to steal his house out from under him.