May 14, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; General view of the statues of former Los Angeles Lakers players Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (not pictured) with a Los Angeles Kings jersey before game one of the second round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs against the San Jose Sharks at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Magic Johnson Approves of Clippers Covering Lakers Banners


There has been a lot of complaint coming from Laker Nation after it was revealed that the Los Angeles Clippers have begun covering the Los Angeles Lakers championship banners and retired jerseys during their home games with posters of the their players.

Of course they didn’t like the move. Some think of it as insulting that the Clippers who’ve yet to win a NBA championship — or appear in one — have covered up the 16 banners. Even Lakers guard Nick Young thought of it as disrespectful though he had no hand in contributing to the banners.

“He can do that? For real? That’s disrespectful. We got to talk to Doc. He can’t have that. We got to do something about that.”

But all of these complains matter less now that the greatest Lakers player of all-time in Magic Johnson went to Twitter to show his approval for the move.

Well, Magic Johnson is right.

The outrage that ensued when the covering of the banners was revealed was just a sense of entitlement and a showing of the change of times. At this current moment, the Clippers and Lakers are at opposite sides of the usual spectrum. While the Los Angeles Lakers will be fighting for a playoff spot (a spot the Clippers are familiar with) the Los Angeles Clippers are attempting to compete for a championship (a spot the Lakers are familiar with).

The move is a show in the change of culture Doc Rivers has brought to this organization. Slowly but surely this team is creeping out from under the shadow of their “Big Brothers” and that can be done slowly by just winning games, but this organization has never had themselves a Doc Rivers-esque coach to instill a championship mentality into the franchise.

It’s safe to say that if the greatest Lakers player of all-time can deal with this Clippers move then so can the fans. Besides, when it’s time for the Lakers to play at Staples Centers those daunted banners will be out for everyone to see.

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