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5 Reasons Why You Must Visit the Staples Center

Want to visit one of the most iconic venues of all time? Then stopping at the Staples Center in Los Angeles should be on your bucket list! The multi-purpose sports arena is not only home to Michael Jordan’s competition–Kobe Bryant–but it’s a magnet for some of the best shows on the planet. Here are the top reasons to check out the Staples Center:

It’s Kobe’s office

Time is running out to see one of basketball’s elite players, Kobe Bryant, and the Staples Center just happens to be his place of employment. He may be knocking on retirement’s door, but watching him play is still a sight to be seen!

Kobe Bryant

It’s Jack Nicholson’s second home

If you’re heading to a Lakers game, grab your camera for a shot of Jack Nicholson. He’s a long time fan of the club, and can typically be found court side. In fact, he has owned his Lakers court side tickets for more than three decades, which makes him the NBA’s most dedicated fan! Plus, he’s just one of the many celebrities you’ll have the chance to gawk at during a Lakers game.

Jack Nicholson at Lakers Game

It’s won awards

In 2000, the Staples Center was named “Best New Concert Venue of the Year” by Pollstar Magazine. It also won “Venue of the Year” in 2000 and 2001. This is no surprise considering it has hosted some of the biggest events. The arena boasts an impressive resume that includes Michael Jackson’s memorial, Bruce Springsteen, Justin Timberlake, Beyonce, LA Kings Stanley Cup Finals, UFC fights, 2000 Democratic convention, figure skating championships, LA Lakers NBA Finals, Grammy Awards, and many more high profile events.

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It’s named most vegetarian-friendly by PETA

If anyone knows anything about being vegetarian, it’s People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). In 2013, the organization named the Staples Center the most vegetarian-friendly NBA arena. So, if you’re vegetarian, you don’t have to worry about packing your lunch when buying tickets for an event here!

PETA Staples Center Award

It is the Premiere Concert Venue in Los Angeles for Stars to See Stars

Celebrities and fans come to the Staples Center to see the biggest acts in the world perform and no one has performed more than Taylor Swift. Taylor has sang at the Staples Center 18 times including sold out concerts, five different times at The Grammys and the MTV Video Awards. Taylor Swift will add to her lead over U2 who has performed at the Staples Center 13 times when she plays there on August 25th and 26th in 2015.

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Easiest way to catch a glimpse of your favorite celebrity in Los Angeles

Athletes attract Stars! Besides Jack at any given Lakers game you can usually spot many A listers sitting courtside from David Beckham, Chris Pine,Tom Hanks, Jason Bateman, Stallone, Tom Cruise, Joseph Gordon Levitt, Zac Efon, Denzel Washington and the list goes on and on. There are plenty of Celebrities at Clippers games to from Sir Paul McCartney, Drake, Rhianna, Justin Bieber, Mark Walberg, Drew Barrymore, Jessica Alba and who can forget Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis on the Kiss Cam.

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Clippers floor changed to Kings Ice Rink

How does the Staples Center switch from a basketball court to hockey rink?

Ever wondered how the Staples Center floor goes from a Basketball Court to a Hockey Rink on the same day?

The Los Angeles Staples Center is one of a handful of arena’s around the country that not only has a professional basketball team and a professional hockey team they have two professional basketball teams the Los Angeles Lakers and Los Angeles Clippers so scheduling both NBA teams as well as the Los Angeles Kings during the October through June games at the Staples Center is a tough job. Dont forget to through in all of the concerts and theatrical type events that go on as well during those months.

On any given weekend and sometimes weekdays there can be an early basketball or hockey game usually at 12:30pm pst and then a hockey or basketball game at 7:00pm pst.

Given a NBA game can last about 2 hours and 30 minutes and the average NHL game lasts about 2 hours 20 minutes that doesnt leave much time.

The typical temperature inside the Staples Center for a Lakers or Clippers game is 75 degrees and 65 degrees for a LA Kings game.

As either the Hockey or Basketball game ends the crew is already in place to get the changes done as quickly as possible. The 83 actual sections as well as over 168 luxury suites need to be cleaned, as well as all other areas inside the Staples Center including all bathrooms, the Hyde Lounge, the Premiere Club and Levy Restaurant and more. The Pro Shop needs to switch out the team playing inventory to the team playing that night’s inventory and numerous other little changes that are done to perfection the only way the Los Angeles Staples Center crew can do it.

If its an early basketball game once the players exit the court and as the crowd is leaving the entire arena starts to get cleaned, the Maple Wood Court floor is removed piece by piece, ad’s are replaced, the courtside seats as well as the the scores table are removed.

The Staples Center team lowers hydraulic seats onto the floor and all non stationary seats are removed from the floor. The main reason that the transfer between a basketball court and a hockey rink can happen so quickly is….the Hockey Rink is always there the basketball court is just overlay-ed on top of it. The crew removes the overlay sheets and rewires everything needed for a Hockey game. Since the frozen ice rink is already in place they corner dasherboards are replaced and the Plexiglas is placed on the dasherboards as well as cleaned. Then the ice itself is cleaned by the Zamboni.

The conversion from basketball court to ice rink or the other way around is a well oiled machine and having two storage area’s inside the Staples Center helps speed up the entire process since all running machines as well as furniture and everything else used for either event can enter the floor from one passage way and leave from another.



What the Los Angeles Clippers court looks like being broken down getting ready for the LA Kings to play that night.
Changing Clippers court to Kings Rink Staples Center

Staples Center Crew changing the LA Kings Ice to get ready for the Lakers Game a the Staples Center that night.
Changing Hockey Rink to Basketball Court Staples Center

The main question is….What is the Staples Center electricity bill?

If your going to a LA Kings game you can checkout my article on the Best Place to sit for a Kings game at the Staples Center.

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What does Kevin Durant’s injury mean for the Western Conference?

As the Los Angeles Clippers ready for the regular season, news broke on Sunday that Kevin Durant of the Oklahoma City Thunder is dealing with a Jones Fracture in his right foot and will miss at least the first month of the season. The fracture at the base of his small toe reportedly will keep Durant out 6 to 8 weeks at a minimum, with some speculating that the Thunder could look to keep Durant out even longer to err on the side of caution with the injury.

It’s the second consecutive year the Thunder has to deal with a major injury to a key player at the beginning of the regular season. Last year the Thunder were without star point guard Russell Westbrook at the beginning of the year, an injury the Thunder were able to overcome and still finish with the second best record in the Western Conference. The injury to Durant could be much more significant. In Reggie Jackson, one of the best backup point guards in the NBA, Oklahoma City had a solid replacement for Westbrook, something that simply doesn’t exist for Durant. Depending on how much time Durant misses the Thunder will likely struggle without Durant, a factor that can impact the rest of the Western Conference teams.

How big of an impact is the injury to Durant on the Clippers chances to earn the best record in the Western Conference? It could be potentially significant.

More than anything the injury to Durant is a reminder that injury luck in the NBA can be fleeting, and the Thunder have had good luck with injuries during their run of strong play over the past several years, prior to last season. Now it’s Durant who’s on the sidelines with Westbrook forced to take a bigger role in the offense. The one constant has been Durant, who has missed only six total games in the past five seasons, including the postseason. The Thunder have not had to play without their superstar for any significant stretch in the past five years, a major factor in their ability to always finish in the top two in the Western Conference.

Durant could miss 15 to 30 games if you take into account the full range of recovery that experts have laid out. If Durant misses the larger number of games, the Thunder could be in a significant hole to the Clippers and Spurs when it comes to best record and the all important home court advantage in the playoffs, a significant factor in the Thunder defeat of the Clippers in last year’s playoffs. The absence of Durant could mean the Thunder go from a 60 win team to a 53 to 55 win team, a factor that may not only put the Thunder behind the Clippers and Spurs, but could potentially put them in a group of teams that includes the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets.

The Thunder need to be careful with Durant and have his long-term health in mind. Although many players recover quickly from such injuries, there are cases like Brook Lopez and Yao Ming where foot injuries have lingered for a longer period of time. If the Thunder are more conservative with Durant it’s a major opportunity for the Clippers to earn home court advantage throughout the Western Conference playoffs.

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Can Chris Paul avoid another early round exit

The Clippers seem to have all of the pieces to win it all; the best point guard in the league, an unstoppable force, and an experienced proven leader. But can Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, and Doc Rivers avoid another early round exit?

Chris Paul & Blake GriffinChris Paul has been the best point guard in the league for quite some time now, but his lack of playoff success has hindered his greatness. For the first portion of his career, he carried what was a mediocre team at best in the New Orleans Hornets to an eventual three playoff appearances. They had some pieces in Tyson Chandler and David West, but were never regarded as a legit team that could win it all. Expectations changed for Chris when he was traded to the Clippers and “Lob City” was formed.

The Clippers already had a rising star in Blake Griffin and an athletic beast at center in DeAndre Jordan, along with solid role and bench players. But, when Chris Paul arrived the Clippers felt he was the missing piece needed to make a legitimate title run. “Lob City” ended up winning 40 games in a lockout shortened season and were the 5 seed heading into the playoffs matched up in the first round against the Memphis Grizzlies. They struggled in 7 games against the Griz and then got ousted by the San Antonio Spurs in 4. The argument could be made that the team didn’t necessarily gel because Paul would have ideally needed a full season with the team in order to truly get an assessment of how good they could really be.

The 2012 campaign featured the Clippers finishing the season with 56 wins and the 4 seed overall in the West. A rematch against the Memphis Grizzlies didn’t go quite as well as it did the first time around as they ended up losing to Z-Bo and Marc in 6 games. This early playoff exit eventually got head coach Vinny Del Negro fired and the acquisition of Doc Rivers took place. Now, the best point guard in the league and one of the most exciting players in the league finally had a coach capable of leading them to the Finals. So, now the coach excuse goes out the window.

Los Angeles ClippersDespite the greatness that Doc Rivers brought to the table, the Clippers would surely avoid another early round exit, right? Well, they didn’t. Another tough playoff ended with a semifinal loss, this time to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Some of the issues could be attributed to the Donald Sterling saga, but when is enough, enough? The excuses for Chris Paul have to come to an end. His numbers and moxie may establish him as the greatest point guard of our time, but he will never be remembered until he gets over the playoff hump. With new ownership, will this finally be the year Chris Paul proves doubters wrong?

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LA Clippers Big Games on the 2014-2015 Schedule

The NBA released the schedule for the 2014 – 2015 campaign just recently. Let’s have a look at the Clips’ schedule for the upcoming season and examine the most important games of the regular season for Lob City.

Clippers vs OKC Thunder
The season for LA opener is a derby against Kevin Durant and the Oklahoma City Thunder and it takes place on October 30, in the Staples Center. This will be the first out of the three regular season meetings between the two powerhouses. On February 8 the two teams will square off in the Chesapeake Energy Arena and the last meeting will be again on the road for the Clips, on March 11. Clippers Vs Thunder Tickets

Clippers vs Cleveland Cavaliers
The first time Lob City will square off against LeBron’s new company, the Cleveland Cavaliers, will be on January 16, at home. After acquiring both King James and Kevin Love, the Cavs are entering the 2014 – 2015 campaign as the strongest favorite for the title from the East. The two teams will play against each other once again, in Cleveland on February 5. Clippers Vs Cavs Tickets

Clippers vs Warriors
Lob City did eliminate the Dubs in the first round of the 2014 NBA Playoffs but Chris Paul, Blake Griffin and their company met much resistance. On November 5, they will cross their swords once again versus Steph Curry and the powerful Golden State Warriors in the Oracle Arena. On Christmas Day, the Clips will host the Warriors in LA and on March 8 they will play once again versus the Dubs in Oakland. On March 31 the last regular season game between the two title contenders will take place in the Staples Center. Clippers Vs Warriors Tickets

Clippers vs Blazers
Rip City showed its teeth last season, as it reached the Western Semis. The Clips will meet them at home on November 8 and March 4. Rip City will host Doc Rivers’s group on January 14 and the 1st of April. Clippers Vs Blazers Tickets

Clippers vs Rockets
The Houston Rockets failed to land a third superstar this summer but they will still enter the upcoming season one of the strongest contenders from the West. Dwight Howard, James Harden and Co. will host Lob City on November 28 and again on February 25. Houston will travel to LA to meet the Clips on February 11 and March 15. Clippers Vs Rockets Tickets

Clippers vs Lakers
For yet another season, the Los Angeles Clippers will be the bosses of LA. However, the intensity levels will be extremely high when the two teams play against each other. The Lakers will be the first ones to host their city-rivals, on October 31. The two teams will once again square off against each other on January 7 with the Clips being the hosts and the last two battles of LA will take place on April 5 and April 7. Clippers Vs Lakers Tickets

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Clippers Announce 2014 Schedule

Clippers 2014 Preseason Schedule Announced

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Clippers 2014 – 2015 Preseason Schedule
The Los Angeles Clippers announced their 2014 NBA preseason schedule which will include Oct 7th Vs Golden State Warriors at the Staples Center, Utah Jazz on Oct 17, Phoenix Suns Oct 22 and the Clippers Vs Blazers at the Staples Center on Oct 24th as their last preseason game at home.

The Clip’s will hit the road for Oct 12th Vs Blazers at the Moda Center, Vs Jazz at the Energy Solutions Arena on Oct 13th, Vs Warriors at the Oracle Arena on Oct 21st and the Clippers Vs Nuggets at the Mandalay Bay Events Center on Oct 18th which is a great excuse to hit “Vegas Baby Vegas”!

Clippers 2014 – 2015 Schedule:
The Los Angeles Clippers will enter the 2014 – 2015 season as one of the top championship contenders. Their schedule for the upcoming season will include several difficult games. The Western Conference will be even stronger than last season. Amongst the toughest games of their schedule, the Clips will square off against the Oklahoma City Thunder, who eliminated Lob City in the Western Semis. The San Antonio Spurs will also be one of the most difficult opponents and teams like the Golden State Warriors and the Portland Trail Blazers will be very tough to beat, too. In the East, the Miami Heat and the Cleveland Cavaliers appear to be the two strongest opponents for Lob City, keeping in mind that the Indiana Pacers will be playing without Paul George.

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Will Spencer Hawes be the X-Factor for Lob City

Every year in the NBA we get to see some players who start off the LA Clippers Ticketsseason as underrated, non – factor players and end up being significant pieces of their respective teams. The Los Angeles Clippers are hoping that Spencer Hawes will emerge as one next season. Lob City brought in the versatile 28 – year old forward to upgrade their weak backup front line. Will Hawes be the X-Factor for the Los Angeles

Clippers next season? And can he make the difference during the playoffs?

spencer hawes la clippersThe certain fact is that Spencer Hawes is not a typical player. He made his presence felt last season both when he was playing for the Philadelphia 76ers and after he got traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Despite his 7’1” height he is a very versatile player and a great shooter. In fact, Hawes averaged 44.8 percent shooting from beyond the three-point arc after he joined the Cavs. The 2013 – 2014 season was a breakaway for him.

Now, Hawes will be assigned with the task of providing some productivity when Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan are catching a breather. And chances are he responds to the call in a perfect way. After all, Hawes was very productive last season and his performance is only getting better, as he is entering his prime.

Although he has little postseason experience, the versatile forward is now mature enough and he can be a factor for Lob City during the playoffs next season. Doc Rivers’s team is looking to seriously contend for the NBA Championship. And it will need all its weapons lined up when the time comes. As a matter of fact, Spencer Hawes may end up being the most underrated player of the team next season.

The Los Angeles Clippers were that close to making to the Western Conference Finals for the first time in franchise history last season. They were really powerful, they had lots of strengths but also a few holes in their team. One of their most significant weaknesses was the lack of quality backup big men. Glen Davis was just not at his best last season, Ryan Hollis was never reliable and the rest of the big men just couldn’t vitally help the team.

The addition of Spencer Hawes came to address that exact need. InClippers Blake Griffin Chris Paul order for Lob City to seriously contend for the Larry O’Brien trophy next season, it will need to fix all those little holes it has in its roster. Now, with Hawes on the bench, Doc Rivers will have yet another reliable option to use. Hawes is a player who can make the difference on both ends of the floor, thanks to his size and his shooting abilities. Chris M.

The Los Angeles Clippers will enter the 2014 – 2015 season with significantly more chances to make it to the top this time. And Spencer Hawes may end up being the X-Factor for Lob City.

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Predictions for the Los Angeles Clippers lineup next season

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CLIPPERS

The Los Angeles Clippers have done a few changes in their roster up to now but the core of the team remains the same as the 2013 – 2014 campaign. The Clips will enter the upcoming season as one of the strongest favorites for the title. So, which will be the starting lineup of the team? Let’s break down.

Point Guard

Chris Paul CP3

CP3

There’s no question about who the starting point guard of the Clips will be. Chris Paul will be the starter and as long as he stays healthy, he will be Lob City’s facilitator. Last season we saw the Clips using Darren Collison as their starting point guard during the time CP3 was down with an injury. However, after Paul’s return, Collison was switched back to the backup role.

Shooting guard
Another position in which Doc Rivers had to use a backup player as a starter is the shooting guard spot. Jamal Crawford took over for the Clips due to J.J. Redick’s injury. Nonetheless, Redick returned back healthy and he will be LA’s starter at the spot next season. With that said, Crawford will play the role he knows best, he will be the sixth man of the team.

Small forward
The small forward position is the least deadly in the Clippers’ starting lineup. Lob City has been trying to upgrade this spot since the free agency commenced but up to now, it has found no success. Paul Pierce was rumored to show interest in the Clippers and a few other names were thrown on the table. As it now seems, Matt Barnes will be the starting small forward for the Clippers once again. Barnes is a very effective player although he doesn’t put up huge numbers. He is also a terrific perimeter defender.

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Griffin

Power forward
Paul’s fellow superstar, Blake Griffin, will of course be a starter, too. Griffin recorded a terrific season in 2013 – 2014, taking advantage of CP3’s absence. This was the season Griffin saw an increase in almost any aspect of his game. Next season, he is projected to come back even stronger, better and more ready to lead his team to the top of the NBA. The truth is that Griffin has been criticized for his explosive character and his lack of focus when the game is on the line and especially in the playoffs. Nonetheless, in Year 1 of his cooperation with Doc Rivers, Griffin saw a significant improvement in that area, too. So, next season, he is expected to be even more mature and better poised.

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Center
DeAndre Jordan was counted in as the third superstar of the Clips by Doc Rivers last season. And he will be LA’s starting center in 2014 – 2015. Jordan emerged as one of the top defending big men in the league last season and he also saw major improvement in many aspects of his game. Thankfully, the Clips will now have a quality big man on their bench, Spencer Hawes, who will be able to back up Jordan and Griffin, too.



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Which NBA teams will be the top powerhouses in the West next season?

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NBA WEST

One thing is certain. The NBA will not be the same any more. The 2014 – 2015 season will be totally different than the previous one. The balances in the NBA have now changed. The dynasty of the Miami Heat is over, with LeBron moving to Cleveland. We’ve already seen many more changes during the first three weeks of the free agency. And some more are about to come. Let’s have a look at the Western Conference and try to predict which teams will be at the top next season.

Los Angeles Clippers

The Clips haven’t performed any radical changes up to now in the offseason but why should they after all? Lob City is already a powerful team and it needed just a few tweaks to make it to the next level. The Clips will enter the 2014 – 2015 campaign as one of the top contenders in the NBA and they will definitely be one of the elite teams in the West, too. The addition of Spencer Hawes is a significant one. If there was one point the Clippers bled last season that was the backup of their front line. Doc Rivers will now continue his work and try to lead the Clips to the top.

San Antonio Spurs

Despite their age, the San Antonio Spurs will be one of the top teams in the West for yet another season, in 2014 – 2015. With Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili back, the Spurs will continue to be one of the strongest powerhouses in the entire NBA and they are projected to enter the upcoming season as one of the top favorites for the NBA Championship, once again.

Oklahoma City Thunder

Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook didn’t manage to lift the OKC Thunder over the Spurs during the 2014 Western Conference Finals. Now, they will get one more chance. The Thunder will continue their efforts next season with almost the same formation they closed the 2013 – 2014 campaign. Will this be the season the Thunder manage to make it to the top?

Golden State Warriors

The Warriors recorded a breakaway season in 2013 – 2014. They established themselves as one of the top teams in the West and they even made their presence felt during the postseason. Now, with a new head coach, Steve Kerr and with all the necessary changes in their roster done, the Dubs are looking to seriously compete for the NBA Championship in 2014 – 2015. Their efforts to land Kevin Love have been unsuccessful up to now. Nevertheless, even if the Warriors move on with their current formation they will definitely be one of the powerhouses in the tough Western Conference.

Portland Trail Blazers

If the core of the Blazers is healthy next season, Rip City will be go deep into championship contention. The Blazers already added Chris Kaman, who will back up Robin Lopez. CJ McCollum will also be back healthy and the Blazers may add one or two more players during the summer. Rip City will definitely be one of the top teams in the West.



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Are The Clippers Poised For No.1 Next Season

Clippers 2014-2015

CLIPPERS

The Los Angeles Clippers have still not sorted out their ownership situation. Steve Ballmer is the person who will most probably be next owner of the team, hopefully next season, but Donald Sterling is not giving up the fight just yet. Assuming that the ownership situation will be sorted out by the beginning of the 2014 – 2015 campaign, the Los Angeles Clippers will be one of the strongest teams entering the upcoming season. But are they really the favorites for the championship? In other words, how far can they really go?

The answer is unknown. And that’s not mainly due to the ownership instability. It’s not even about the assets Lob City possesses, its roster and the way it plays. It’s because we currently have absolutely no clue how the competition will shape up next season. We don’t know where megastars like LeBron James and Carmelo Anthony will play next season and as a result, we don’t know which teams will highlight the top spots when it comes to championship contention.

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BLAKE & CHRIS

Nevertheless, what we do know, again assuming that the ownership situation gets resolved, is that the Los Angeles Clippers possess a superb roster and one of the best head coaches in the league. They do have two All-Stars, in Blake Griffin and Chris Paul, an emerging star center, in DeAndre Jordan, the Sixth Man of the Year 2014, Jamal Crawford and several other quality role players. And of course, this entire group is orchestrated by Doc Rivers, who seems to be a head coach capable of leading Lob City to the top of the NBA.

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Lob City

At the moment, apart from the Oklahoma City and the San Antonio Spurs, who will be one year older, there is no team which seems to stand better chances to win the Larry O’Brien trophy. And even the OKC Thunder are not looking that lethal. In fact, unless the Thunder makes some changes in their style of play and become more of a team rather than a two – headed “beast”, which heavily relies on Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, they seem anything but invincible.

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GRIFFIN

This summer offseason might be one that includes lots of star movement but it might also be a very silent one. But even if we see LeBron, Carmelo and other big name players like Luol Deng and Pau Gasol changing teams, the Clippers will hold the advantage. This group has been together for three years now and they have now managed to develop their game. Especially since the arrival of Doc Rivers last summer, Lob City further improved its game and reached a championship – contending level. The Clips fell short against OKC in the Western Semis but be certain that they will come back even stronger next season.

There is not much of room for changes for the Clips this summer. The Clips have most of their core players under contract for the upcoming season and we can only expect a few correcting moves, unless a major surprise occurs. But this roster, this group seems to have enough to make it to the top and the upcoming season will give a big opportunity for Lob City to eventually celebrate its first title.

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