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Kobe says this is the best Clippers team he’s ever seen

Dec 31, 2012, 12:42 PM EDT

Blake Griffin, Chris Paul AP

The Clippers are the best team in Los Angeles. Right now, it’s not all that close.

But Los Angeles is still a Lakers town. So when people want to validate how good the Clippers are they go and ask the Lakers about it. Because that’s just kind of how L.A. works.

So ESPNLA.com’s Dave McMenamin went to Kobe Bryant, who has been in Los Angeles 17 years (since the Clippers were playing in the outdated Los Angeles Sports Arena and being led by Loy Vaught and Malik Sealy) to ask Kobe if this is the best Clippers team he’s ever seen.

“I don’t think it’s a question about it. To put together win streaks that are that long, it shows a lot of focus, it shows a lot of unity and a lot of depth because they can beat you multiple ways,” Bryant continued. “If you’re going to have a winning streak that’s that extensive, you have to have guys coming in from all aspects of the game.”

Mike D’Antoni was singing the Clippers praises, too.

“They’re real good and they’re having a great streak, so we’ll have to reckon with them and they’re kind of setting the bar of where we need to get to,” D’Antoni said.

For the Lakers, it doesn’t really matter that the Clippers are just down the hall. They need to focus on themselves right now.

While some in the national media will try to say “the Clippers are taking over Los Angeles” if you walk around town or listen to sports talk radio in Los Angeles, you know the Lakers have the hearts and minds of the city. You see more Clippers gear now than you used to, and people follow them, but L.A., but it’s not really all that close.

But the better team? The team that could really prove a threat to Oklahoma City in the West? The team that has a guy who should be mentioned in MVP talk (Chris Paul)?

The Clippers have all that. And they have the respect of the Lakers and everybody else in the NBA right now.

  1. supremekingz - Dec 31, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    CP3 for MVP? Maybe, but Melo has a good case

  2. lmoneyfresh - Dec 31, 2012 at 1:50 PM

    I really don’t get why there are so many stories based on what Kobe says these days.

    • cosanostra71 - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:36 PM

      because people read them

  3. edwardsro - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:41 PM

    Injuries will keep the clippers from getting very far in the playoffs

    • dannymac17 - Dec 31, 2012 at 2:51 PM

      so explain to me what injuries have happened thus far. Im intrigued and will feed the troll.

      Are you banking on an injury? If so, it probably explains why you are pathetic.

    • aqzi - Dec 31, 2012 at 8:05 PM

      Why would injuries hurt the Clips more than other teams? Keep in mind the Clippers are far and away the deepest team in the league.

  4. BigBeachBall - Dec 31, 2012 at 10:15 PM

    If kobe is on the team that loses to the clippers in the playoffs… it would taint his career forever.

  5. abchome - Jan 1, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    This is the best Clippers team every one has ever seen.

  6. omniusprime - Jan 1, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    Just because Kobe says this is the best Clippers team he’s ever seen that doesn’t mean they’re the best team in LA. Only a fool like Kurt Helin would write such rubbish, but then he is a sports pundit so is used to writing so much garbage.

    Let’s remember for a baseline that every preceding Clippers team has been a joke, a pathetic one at best so saying this is the best Clippers team isn’t saying much. When this Clippers team gets compared to a great Laker championship team then maybe they’ll finally be better than the Lakers, but that will only happen after the Clippers win a championship or two or three in a row.

    Go Lakers!!! Go Kobe!!! Fire Dumbtoni!!! We Want Phil!!!

  7. Foul Dwimmerlaik - Jan 1, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    I don’t know about you guys, but as a Laker fan, I’m happy with the way the Clippers are showing. This ISN’T a patronizing remark mind you.

    If the Lakers feel that they are still the superior team in L.A. then there’s only one way to do it: PROVE IT.

    I still like the Lakers chances and I would love to see a Hallway series in the playoffs. Seeding wouldn’t matter between them as home court advantage is basically thrown out the window.

    Good on the Clips, I say. It’s about time.

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