Wednesday, May 23, 2012

NBA: Bye Bye Lakers, Bye Bye Clippers

In a perfect world, a Clippers vs. Lakers conference finals series would have been a first. Two teams with the same home court battling in a seven game series. Staples Center would become the center of the basketball world in May. The dream match-up however, did not materialize this year. As both teams were shown the exit by two of the hottest teams in the NBA right now. 

The San Antonio Spurs brought the broom to LA and swept the Chris Paul-led Clippers.  The Oklahoma City Thunder disposed the aging Lakers in 5 games. For LA fans, too bad but at least they have a good consolation with the overachieving LA Kings in the NHL. 

The offseason will be very interesting for both squads.  Many expect that the Lakers will be dismantled piece by piece but who knows, Dwight howard might end up in purple and gold. Who will remain? Will Pau still be there? Bynum? the rugged Meta World Peace? Who will be LA Lakers' guards?  I am sure that many free agents salivate on the prospects of playing in the bright lights of Hollywood. LA will definitely contend next year but can they contain the emergence of OKC? They are in for  tough rebuilding.

For the Clippers, they have a good core. Will Chris Paul sign a long term deal? It would be sad if he will go after one of the most successful Clipper seasons of all-time. They could probably make the next Stockton to Malone combo but hoping to win at least one title before retiring. The clippers are on the rise but they have a history of being so inconsistent.

Next year, there is a good chance that a Staples series will happen. Unlike baseball's subway series, a Lakers-Clippers series will be played in just one venue. It will definitely be "sui generis". I guess, I still have the impeachment bug. :)

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