In an article by Adrian Wojnarowski, Doc Rivers spoke on his decision to come to the Los Angeles Clippers and in that quote he mentioned that one of the teams in the city of LA was the greatest franchise in sports history. (hint: It’s not the Clippers):
The franchise’s commitment had transformed, and the Clippers were offering Rivers the power, pay, personnel and locale to chase championships. ‘The risk is all mine,’ Rivers, 51, said. ‘To go to an organization that hasn’t won but [two] playoff series in their entire history, in a town where the other team is the best franchise in sports history – that’s risk.
via Coach Doc Rivers invigorated by opportunity to turn the Clippers into champions | Yahoo! Sports
While he didn’t mean it in a harmful way, this isn’t a good way to get familiar with the fans of the Los Angeles Clippers. Since the move from San Diego to Los Angeles in 1984, things have been a bit one-sided. In that span the Los Angeles Lakers have won more NBA championships (8) than the Clippers have had playoff appearances (6).
It’s also surpsiing that Rivers would call the Lakers the best franchise in sports history when he just spent the last years of his career as the head coach of the Boston Celtics who is the current leader in NBA championships at 17, one more than the Lakers. That franchise has also produced some of the best players and coaches in the league including Red Auerbach, Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Bill Russell.
In the end it’s all meaningless banter though I’m sure fans of the New York Yankees (27 championships) would love to have a word with Rivers on the best franchise in sports history thing.