Will the Clippers move to Inglewood?
Steve Ballmer, the owner of the Los Angeles Clippers is considering moving them to Inglewood. The reports are that he is considering building his own stadium for his recently improved team. While there are still many hurdles in his way, I am convinced that this is something that he will do.
At the present time, the Clippers are tenants of the Lakers. That means that the Lakers usually get ﬁrst choice for stadium dates, and for the things that they do. Mr. Ballmer earned about $20 billion working for Microsoft, and I think that he is determined to be the master of his own fate, and that includes winning NBA Championship. I think that he considers the Clippers to be his reward for working so hard and so long. So, in my own mind, I consider this a done deal.
When the Clippers join the Rams and the Chargers in Inglewood, they will make this city the sports capital of the world. Inglewood is led by dynamic Mayor James T. Butts, who was also a world-class athlete. In addition to a strong professional background, Mayor Butts also has an MBA, which must be a great help to him while he is working with several billionaires.
Paul Allen, a former partner of Bill Gates, and a contemporary of Steve Ballmer, has won a Super Bowl with the Seattle Seahawks, and he is also an owner of the Portland Trail Blazers. The Blazers won an NBA Championship many years ago, when Bill Walton was on their team. While at the moment, all of the other teams are looking up at the Cleveland Cavaliers, Golden State Warriors and the San Antonio Spurs, they are still dreaming of greater things for themselves. I do know that Mr. Ballmer has an incredibly strong desire to have the Clippers win an NBA Championship, and in the not too distant future. So, we will see what we will see.
Other Stuff… The Lakers are a game or two better than they were last year. This teams personnel is much better than last year’s, and the do not have the liability of having Kobe Bryant on the roster. Everyone feels good about Luke Walton, and they are making excuses for him. I believe that the Lakers would have a much better record this year if they had retained Byron Scott. He is a tough guy, but most great coaches are, because some of the great athletes are very childlike. Riley was tough. Lombardi was tough. Belichick is tough. Winning championships is not easy, and the most disciplined teams are the most likely to come out on top.
Blake Grifﬁn is having an excellent year for the Clippers. To the shock and dismay of his many fans, he punched a fellow Clipper employee, and broke his hand while doing so. That showed incredibly bad judgment on his part. He is now fully recovered, and he is having great success on the court. However, I have not seen him in any of those great Kia commercials lately. I do not know if they have suspended their relationship with him, or if they are still evaluating the situation. Either way, the punch that he threw was a very costly one for him. Hopefully, that was his last one. You can be absolutely certain that LeBron James would never do that.
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