Clippers replace Josh Smith with Austin Rivers on Staples Center banner
The Los Angeles Clippers are trying their hardest to forget Josh Smith as if he were Sarah Marshall. The first step? Cleansing Staples Center of any and all Smoove likenesses.
Friday night’s “home” game against the Lakers brought along with it a noticeably different sight up in the rafters: a banner that had once featured an image of Smith officially being replaced by one of guard Austin Rivers.
Here is a look at the updated banner, per Arash Markazi of ESPN:
Goodbye Josh Smith. Hello Austin Rivers. pic.twitter.com/MyVqjU4Qsy
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) January 30, 2016
Smith’s unspectacular Clippers’ career came to an end last week when he was traded back to the Houston Rockets. The former Slam Dunk Contest champion managed averages of just 5.7 points per game, 3.9 rebounds per game, and 1.5 assists per game in 14.3 minutes per game in Lob City. Smith’s time in L.A. will probably be remembered more for an ugly argument with an assistant coach and a lot of time spent in head coach Doc Rivers’ doghouse than anything.
As for Austin, let’s hope that he looks a little less confused on the court than he does in his new banner image.