The rafters of Staples Center are a testament to greatness. The Los Angeles Lakers currently display 16 championship banners, which are displayed alongside the legends of their past, like Magic Johnson and Wilt Chamberlain. Though there's been a recent drought in playoff appearances, much less titles, for the Lake Show, the arena has still seen it's share of good times, as the Los Angeles Kings have added a couple of Stanley Cup banners to go along with the retired numbers of LA legends Wayne Gretzky and Marcel Dionne. The WNBA's Los Angeles Sparks are represented too, with banners commemorating their back-to-back titles in 2001 and 2002, adjacent to banners honoring stars Lisa Leslie and Penny Toler.
Now, America's favorite pop star, Taylor Swift is forever immortalized alongside those sporting legends.
During Swift's record 16th sellout at Staples, Kobe Bryant, whose number(s) will no doubt be joining her in the rafters one day, presented the award winning artist with a banner commemorating her sellout shows, much to the delight of the packed house.
While it was a fun sight to see, a somewhat ugly fact remains for the building's other major tenant....
Taylor Swift now has more banners hanging in Staples Center than the Los Angeles Clippers.
No one is going to deny that the Clippers are the hot ticket in LA right now, especially with the talented roster of Blake Griffin, Chris Paul and DeAndre Jordan. The fact remains though, it has to be a little gut-wrenching to see something like that, especially when the award is presented by the face of your rival franchise.
The Clippers haven't commented on the situation. This isn't the first time they've had a "controversy" over championship banners. In 2013, new head coach Doc Rivers had the Lakers' championship banners covered by oversized posters of Clippers players that would be displayed during Clipper home games. The Clippers have won two division titles in 2013 and 2014, but chose not to display the banners in the arena, instead hanging them in the team's practice facility in Playa Vista.
If anything, it provides some good bulletin board material for the Clips going in to the 2015-16 season, which will be their 46th as an NBA franchise. If anything, you might soon able to say it's created some "bad blood" in LA hoops....
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