In years prior, if a group of fans chanted “Beat L.A.” at the Clippers you would probably laugh. Obviously your team is going to beat L.A. — we’re talking about the Clippers here. The “Beat L.A.” chant has typically been reserved for the Lakers. Celtics fans from many different generations have shirts with the phrase on it that represent the countless battles the Lakers have had with Boston in the NBA Finals. On Sunday, Golden State Warriors fans felt it was appropriate to chant “Beat L.A.” at the Clippers.
“They said that?” DeAndre Jordan joked when asked about the chant according to the L.A. Times. “I was so focused on my free throws. I guess it’s kind of good to hear that. We’re getting more respect which is good.”
That’s what happens when you have some of the most athletic players in the league and just added Chris Paul and Caron Butler to the mix during the winter. The Clippers have only played one game together, but even casual fans know what they’re capable of. The fact that they have not made the playoffs since 2006 means nothing to this particular collection of talent.
“We’re trying to be relevant,” head coach Vinny Del Negro said.
Mission accomplished. The Clippers are the hottest ticket in L.A. already. Everyone wants an opportunity to witness Lob City in person. If we start hearing the “Beat L.A.” chant when the Clippers and Lakers square off, then things will get a little confusing.Google+