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Nick Young calls Clippers covering up Lakers championship banners at Staples Center ‘disrespectful’

Oct 20, 2013, 8:03 PM EDT

We knew this was coming.

After the Clippers redecorated Staples Center by putting up large images of their own players over the space on the wall where all of the Lakers’ championship banners and retired jerseys reside, comments from the Lakers were to be expected.

But most, wisely, couldn’t care less about how the Clippers decorate the gym when the Lakers aren’t the designated home team. One of the Lakers’ newest players, however, seemed to take exception.

From Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles:

“He can do that?” Young said after Lakers practice Sunday, the team’s first since returning from China. “For real? That’s disrespectful. We got to talk to Doc. He can’t have that. We got to do something about that.”

The Clippers revealed their Staples Center redecoration at their preseason game Friday, as they plastered giant posters of players Chris Paul,Blake GriffinDeAndre JordanJamal CrawfordMatt BarnesJared Dudley and J.J. Redick over the Lakers’ 16 championship banners and 10 retired uniforms.

“That’s a lot of pull y’all are giving Doc,” Young continued, somewhat facetiously. “I think he shouldn’t come in and have so much pull like that. He’s got to earn his keep.”

When a reporter argued that Rivers’ championship resume from his time with the Boston Celtics should give the coach the credence to do so, Young retorted, “But he didn’t win no title in L.A. That’s where it’s at. Look at all these banners in here, you can’t shadow those up.”

Nick Young hasn’t yet won anything in his career, either.

Young’s Lakers pride is adorable, but the more tenured players have more perspective. The reality is that the Clippers should have done something like this a long time ago — short of winning banners themselves, the least they can do is make their home court a place all their own, without being constantly reminded of how far they have to go to become a historically well-respected NBA franchise.

  1. kevinh1809 - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    You know what, whatever. During their home games, Clippers can cover up the Lakers championship banners/retired jerseys, LA Kings Stanley Cup banner, Sparks championship banners/retired jerseys. During their home games, the Lakers will just cover up the Clippers banner with a beach towel or something. Compromise.

  2. pukpokito - Oct 21, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    It’s well within their rights.The Clippers are paying rents too. When the Lakers play, the Clippers cover is raised up and out of sight anyway.Maybe Nick Young can start the respect as an example.

    • Anoesis - Oct 21, 2013 at 1:52 PM

      The Lakers have a 25-year lease that requires no payments. The Clippers not only pay rent, they only get a percentage of luxury box, concession, and parking income.

      • mydukietwinkles - Oct 22, 2013 at 1:26 AM

        lol ok what does only getting a percentage of luxury box, concessions and parking income have to do with anything? You are really reaching…

  3. urodaddy07 - Oct 21, 2013 at 7:31 AM

    Brett hate to be all picky but this is a very awkward sentence: “But most, wisely, couldn’t care less about how the …….” Took me a few reads to finally understand what you were saying.

  4. suhisbetterthanu - Oct 21, 2013 at 8:04 AM

    How much did Nick Young have to do with those banners? That’s what I thought…

  5. eugenesaxe1 - Oct 21, 2013 at 5:45 PM

    Nick Young: the answer to a question not worth asking.

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