Los Angeles Clippers Are Better Than Los Angeles Lakers: A Season Preview

Sam BullardContributor IIIDecember 22, 2011

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 19:  Blake Griffin #32 of the Los Angeles Clippers is called for a technical foul after hanging on the rim off a dunk in front of Steve Blake #5 Kobe Bryant #24 and Pau Gasol #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers at Staples Center on December 19, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Harry How/Getty Images

Well, it's official: the Clippers are better than the Lakers.  

There's no disputing it.  There's no arguing it, there are no rebuttals and there's no griping. That is, of course, unless you're a Lakers fan or not an overzealous sportswriter looking to poke a notoriously whiny fanbase with a stick.

Let me get you some cheese for that whine, Lakers fans.  Oh, you're lactose intolerant? Too bad. Stop being such babies.     

However, since the NBA Championship isn't awarded to the team that beats the Lakers twice in the preseason, it looks like the Los Angeles Clippers will have to put their new look to the test over the shortened 66-game regular season.  

Like a kid playing with his new toys on Christmas morning, Coach Vinny Del Negro demonstrated the impact off-season acquisitions Chauncey Billups and Chris Paul have on the Clippers roster. 

It looks good. Really good.  

In the two preseason games against the Lakeshow, Billips combined for 31 points while CP3 recorded a total of 24.

Not bad for a couple of new guys, especially considering Billups hasn't played at shooting guard in over a decade.  

Someone's missing, though, right? Someone important? 

Blake Griffin put up a modest 12 points in the first game before exploding for 30 on night two in a 108-103 victory.  

AP Photo/Danny Moloshok
AP Photo/Danny Moloshok


For Clippers fans, this new-found sense of dominance at Staples Center, be it short lived or a bright sign of things to come, is a great feeling.  It's the same feeling you get when you finally beat your older brother on the driveway net. Even if it's only these two games, it won't be soon forgotten.  

As expected, Big Bro is already ripe with excuses:

"It's only preseason" seems to be coming up quite a bit.  It's funny, though, how it was only a few days ago that every fan and reporter following the build up to Game 1 was addressing the fact that everyone knew it was so much more than just that.  That was, of course, until the Lakers lost. Now, it's merely preseason. 

"Kobe didn't even play in the second meeting" is also being tossed around a lot. Well, he played in the first, a game in which they got beat by a greater margin. In that game, Kobe's 22 points couldn't be put towards a "W" in the 114-95 shellacking. The Lakers came closer without him.  

What it comes down to is this: preseason or not, the Clippers have something to say this season. With 66 games to be played, it's impossible to tell what's going to happen. We could be on the horizon of another year that sees the same old team doing the same old thing; Boston and the Lakers in the Finals. Boring. Predictable.  

Or we could be in for something more. Something exciting and new. 

Take a hint from Magic Johnson, who had to admit that the Clippers are one of the most exciting teams in the NBA, and that "for the first time I'm going to be watching Clipper games".  

Who'd Magic play for, again?

Needless to say, the 2011-12 season will be one Clip Show worth watching.