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Blake Griffin says Clippers shouldn’t hang division title banner at Staples Center

Apr 6, 2013, 9:30 AM EDT

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The Clippers are having one of their best seasons in franchise history, but unless it ends in the team’s first NBA title, Blake Griffin is among those who aren’t interested in putting up any banners at the Staples Center to commemorate the accomplishment.

Having already reached the 50-win mark for the first time ever, the Clippers are in line to win their division as well, which would also be a first.

Plenty of teams around the league hang banners for division titles, but in an arena shared with one of the two most storied franchises in NBA history, that might not be a tradition the team wants to start.

From Arash Markazi of ESPN Los Angeles:

[Winning the division is] a moment Griffin is looking forward to, but he hopes the team doesn’t hang a banner commemorating the occasion in the same rafters that hold the Los Angeles Lakers’ 16 NBA championship banners.

“I kind of have bigger goals than that for the team,” Griffin said. “I think the team has bigger goals than that. We expected to win the division. We didn’t come into this season thinking, ‘Oh, it would be great if we could win the division.’ We expected it. It’s something to be proud of and maybe there’s a banner that goes up (in the training facility), but it’s not something that needs to go up in Staples [Center], and we don’t need to hang our hat on that.”

While it’s easy to have a sense of pride and not want to celebrate mediocre accomplishments that are merely steps along the way to achieving every team’s ultimate goal, it’s easy to see the other side of Griffin’s position.

The Clippers have shared the Staples Center with the Lakers since the arena opened for the 1999-2000 season. The Lakers have plenty of championship banners and retired jerseys adorning one of the walls, but the Clippers don’t have a single reminder hanging anywhere in the building that they too have called it home for the last 14 years.

It is a little silly to drop division title banners inside the same arena that houses the league’s most glamorous franchise. But at the same time, you need to build a culture of winning at some point, right?

The Clippers need to use something as a catalyst. So, while anything they put up at Staples would pale in comparison to the Lakers’ achievements, for a franchise with no positive history whatsover to build upon, it has to start somewhere.

  1. dedalus13 - Apr 6, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    This is great accomplishment for the franchise, first division title in 30 years. So what do you propose them to do with the banner? It s not clear what (or where) it s heading to…

  2. stayhigh_247 - Apr 6, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    They need to hang any banner they get. Unless Boston is moving to L.A. no team is going to compete in the banner category. Be proud of any accomplishment. Blake and co need to focus on what they have and not what they dont have.

    • fanofevilempire - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:21 PM

      I understand what Blake is saying, he sounds mature.
      Knicks may meet you in the finals and it will be on.

  3. stephenolszewski - Apr 6, 2013 at 10:24 AM

    Where else would they hang it then…

  4. spthegr8 - Apr 6, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Being a Laker fan, I’m not particularly a fan of Griffin’s act but, he 100% right!!! Your goal is too try and hang the other banner!! Good for you Blake!!!!

  5. acdc363 - Apr 6, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Take what you can get Blake cause the real banner is a ways away.

  6. addict2sport - Apr 6, 2013 at 10:32 AM

    Do the Kings hand division titles? If so, go go it Clippers. If not, no way. Maybe hang some recognition of Ralph Lawler or something to have a Clipper presence in the arena. If they’re the only resident hanging division titles, and there’s only one, that’s worse than not hanging anything.

  7. readysethike - Apr 6, 2013 at 10:41 AM

    the refs gave the lakers the win last night

  8. spthegr8 - Apr 6, 2013 at 10:51 AM

    I like the fact that the Clippers aren’t a joke anymore and things are competitive in the Staples Center. Maybe the Clippers success will force Jimbo too PULL HIS HEAD OUTTA HIS A$$ & stop making ALL these bone headed moves!! With that being said, I hope the only banners going up in that building belong too the LAKESHOW!!! Cuz truth be told, we OWN that building and allow the Clippers too play there!! They just rent a piece of the building from the Buss family!!

    • dannymac17 - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:07 PM

      Actually, the Kings allow the Lakers and Clippers to play there, its their building. They bought and paid for it.

      • smoothaswilkes - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:37 PM

        dannymac17 – actually, AEG owns the Staples Center and Peter Anschutz owns the Kings. That doesn’t mean that the Kings own the Staples Center.

        AEG is also part owner of the Lakers but not of the Kings or Clippers. Anschutz has be trying to sell off AEG for the last year.

        Got all that? lol. In no scenario have the Kings “bought and paid for it”. The Kings are tenants like the other three professional sports teams that call Staples Center home.

      • spthegr8 - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:05 PM

        @smooth
        Thanks for clarifying that Bruh!!!

        @danny
        You know what I meant!!!

      • dannymac17 - Apr 7, 2013 at 8:01 AM

        Kings are the main tenants of staples.

        look it up genius.

      • manchestermiracle - Apr 7, 2013 at 1:33 PM

        Staples was built to replace the Forum, specifically in order to take advantage of luxury boxes. The Lakers generate more revenue than the Kings. If the Lakers hadn’t agreed to move to Staples when it was finished it’s doubtful it would have been built, at least in downtown. The Lakers could have built their own arena and become the sole sports tenant. At the time, mid-90s, it’s doubtful the Kings could have done the same.

        One of Staples’ selling points was to revitalize the downtown area as well as host events other than sports. Although the Clippers came along somewhat as an afterthought, their inclusion has become a good source of income for AEG, something the Sports Arena never enjoyed.

        To summarize, there is no “main” tenant at Staples Center. It was built primarily to take advantage of luxury box income and relies on a variety of events in order to turn a (rather large) profit. The Kings are merely one aspect of the business.

  9. mat9844 - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Like a lot of Clipper fans, I have never seen a Clipper home game at Staples Center. However, I do read the sports section daily and for most of this season, the Clippers have maintained the #1 position atop the Western Conference. I’ve only missed watching 3 games this whole season (via NBA pass) and love the wins these guys put together.
    You can hang a banner but it doesn’t tell the story of everything they’ve accomplished. The whole country won’t see a banner, but they can read the sports section and see the standings. It says it all.

  10. lakerluver - Apr 6, 2013 at 11:33 AM

    If Blake wants the Clips to wait and hang an NBA championship banner here might be waiting a long time. The Clips are the classic example of a good regular season team that will wilt in the playoffs. All flash, (and other than Chauncey,CP3 and another player or two), very little substance. They will be exposed in the post season.

  11. Jeff - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    I agree with Griffin.

  12. cameltoehoe - Apr 6, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    “Marsha, Marsha, Marsha!”

  13. jimbroney - Apr 6, 2013 at 1:18 PM

    Two storied franchises?

  14. hpeters77 - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Maybe the dodgers and Angels should move there so the rent could be split 5 ways

  15. hpeters77 - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:33 PM

    Maybe the dodgers and Angels should move there so the rent could be split 5 ways

  16. hpeters77 - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    Maybe the dodgers and Angels should move there so the rent could be split 5 ways

  17. hpeters77 - Apr 6, 2013 at 2:35 PM

    Maybe the dodgers and angels should play there so they can split the rent 5 ways

  18. losanginsight - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:13 AM

    All of the (respectable )Staples Center tenants have Rings..
    LAkers
    Kings
    Sparks..
    rents due flop city

    • 00maltliquor - Apr 7, 2013 at 12:59 AM

      LOL!

  19. hpeters77 - Apr 7, 2013 at 10:13 AM

    Just like l.a. having 15 people in one house

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