Tuesday, March 1st, 2011 at 11:40 am  |  48 responses

Eric Gordon Wants Clippers to Play in a Different City

by Marcel Mutoni@marcel_mutoni

They may not make the Playoffs, but it has been a truly fantastic season for the Los Angeles Clippers. Led by the NBA’s most exciting young star, Blake Griffin, the Clip Show has become one of the darlings of the League in terms of watchability.

All of that being said, Los Angeles will always belong to the Lakers. Everyone knows this, including the Clippers themselves.

According to Eric Gordon, relocation wouldn’t be a bad idea for LA’s “other” NBA team.

From the Times:

The Clippers were being asked about the prospect of the Kings moving to Anaheim and what it would mean to an already crowded Southern California market. They noted that Sacramento used to be a difficult venue for opposing teams. Talk turned to one of the Clippers’ old homes: San Diego. “I wouldn’t mind going down there — to separate ourselves from L.A. from the Lakers,” Eric Gordon said. “But it’s always good to compete with them.”

… Gordon was told the Clippers nearly ended up in Anaheim, instead of going to Staples Center. Gordon said he wouldn’t mind Anaheim either and one reporter teased him about favoring other cities in Southern California.

“I like L.A.,” Gordon said. “I don’t have any complaints. But you see all L.A. everywhere, Lakers stuff everywhere… [you would] have your own identity within the city and your team. That’s just a lot better.”

Clippers owner Donald Sterling would of course never move the team from LA; he makes far too much money in that market to even consider the idea.

Eric Gordon and his teammates will forever live in the shadown of their glitzy neighbors. Moving will not help them forge an identiy. Smart team-building and, ultimately, winning will take care of that.

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  • Drew

    They’re on the right track right now. If I’m a FA coming up in the next couple of years I’d strongly consider the Clippers over Lakers, because they have Blake Griffin and Eric Gordon. Lakers have a bunch of over the hill players. This is coming from a Lakers fan.

  • ron

    Seattle? anyone?

  • mikejames

    YEAH! they should totally move to Seattle!!!!!!

  • donaldsterlings

    YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAa they should def move to Seattle!!!!!!

  • http://dodgers.com Joey E.

    Drew, cosign. I was watching them last night. there was a span of about 4 minutes where Blake and DeAndre had about 4 ally oops from Mo Will. If im Deron or CP, and the clippers continue to improve next season, they will strongly consider the Clips with all that talent, in a weaker west

  • http://www.prepaidlegal.com Dang I’m Nice!!!

    Bring back the Buffalo Braves!!!

  • Riggs

    i agree with EG, they were shoving the lakers down the fans throats on all star sunday. It was supposed to be a blake griffin + clippers all star weekend but everything from the dancers to the haier shooting stars LA team werent about the clippers.

  • http://nba.com gp23

    Las Vegas ??

  • al

    Rochester Royals!!!!!

  • http://slamonline.com The Fresh Prince of Nsam

    Start winning and you’ll get outta the shadow of the Lakers.

  • kabelion

    Wow they should move

  • JTaylor21

    Better be LV.

  • Shine


  • MikeC.

    @Riggs – that’s because the Lakers were the hosts of All-Star weekend. If the Clips were the host, it would have been all Clipper stuff. Except that Sterling is too cheap to pay out for stuff like that. The Clippers are lucky they have uniforms and not old T-shirts with numbers taped on the backs.

  • Dan

    @Mike C – False. The City of Los Angeles hosted, not the Lakers.

    The Clippers won’t move out of Staples as long as they are paying less than $4 million/year for rent. I think it might be even as little as $2 million.

  • Dan

    According to Forbes, the clippers were only paying $1.5 million a year for rent at Staples in 2008…and I believe they locked in a long term contract on that price: http://www.forbes.com/lists/2008/32/nba08_Los-Angeles-Clippers_322952.html

  • Drew

    Like JoeyE mentioned, can you imagine CP3 or DWill playing point on the Clippers? That will truly be “Where Amazing Happens!”

  • http://jooo Max

    Has Blake destroyed the Clipper curse?

  • Mas

    In a few years Newark (NJ) will have a basketball void. Anyone up to coming into the ROCK and winning something. It seems so long ago the NETS went to 2 straight finals.
    I’m going to miss the NETS.

  • Jahi

    Maloof Kings to Vegas, Clippers to Seattle by 2012?

  • Riggs

    @Mike C. – werent the lakers the hosts a few years back? i thought this year was the clippers hosting? if thats the case then it adds even more to my argument.

  • Eric Ruggles

    @Riggs, Mike C.

    Neither the Lakers, nor the Clippers were hosting.
    Los Angeles was hosting the 2011 All Star weekend.
    It was Griffin’s Weekend, but neither team were hosting individually.

    It was more of a collaboration of both basketball clubs.

  • Riggs

    and by my i mean eric gordon’s.

  • RunNGun

    Hey Eric… how about New York with the Knicks?

  • youngmuggsy


  • http://www.michaelcho.com M Cho

    Moving, team-building, whatever…none of this is going to really change free agents attitudes to the Clippers. Getting rid of Sterling will be the only real change that makes a difference. Having an owner determined to do everything on the cheap and sabotage his team is a powerful deterrent to winning.

  • ogog


  • izzo

    They should raise the rent at the Staples Center.

  • WallandRondo

    They should move to Worcester MA

  • wesjet23


  • http://slamonline.com Allenp

    Man, Donald Sterling may be a racist scumbag, but he’s a wily racist scumbag.
    $1.5 million in rent? That is ridiculously low. That’s crazy. In Los Angeles? Wow.

  • saman

    Why don’t they move to the Lakers bench, learn how to win first.

  • MikeC.

    @ Eric & Dan – thanks for the correction. I assumed individual teams hosted the event. I definitely did hear one of the broadcasters say the Lakers were hosting. Possibly it was the Lakers hosting that particular event. If the Clips were co-hosts, they sure were crappy at it.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    Randy Foye is playing really well in place of Eric Gordon. The Clippers have got themselves a couple of really nice players.

  • http://dude Chukaz

    The clippers will not get a significant free agent ever. They do not play on a major market. They are the clippers. Nobody calls them the los angeles clippers. There’s the LA Lakers and there’s the clippers. The Lakers are from LA. The clippers play in LA. There’s a difference.

  • LA Huey

    Why did the NBA ever let this happen anyways?

  • Sam J

    Sterling will screw this all up somehow…

  • Zarfan

    St. Louis! Gordon and Griffin can play closer to their hometowns.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    @LAHuey LA is just such a huge market that despite how terrible a franchise the Clippers are its hard not to have some economic success their. They can just feed off of the Lakers leftovers and survive. Anywhere else they’d tank.

  • http://slamonline.com The Black Rick Kamla

    *anywhere else they WOULD tank* things are different now, being you’ve got some dynamic young talent that can fill out some chairs, I think the time is better now than ever to make a change. But like @SamJ says, Sterling is just gonna screw it up somehow

  • Ali Saadat

    I’d like the Clips in Seattle

  • http://hoopistani.blogspot.com hoopistani

    i agree. one city, one team

  • Galagu

    Barrigada Guam!


    Sterling is the problem, although I agree that LA will always the the Lakers’ home. No place needs two teams, even NYC.

    We all know the Nets are going to Brooklyn, that leaves the Kings and Hornets to move and I’d say the most sensible places are Kansas(New ready made arena)& Seattle(Stern owes Seattle an NBA team) it would be ideal for LAC to move to Anaheim but like its been said Sterling won’t do it… the NBA needs to get rid of him… he’s a cancer.

  • Bimmer

    If I lived in LA I would cheer for the Clips easily

  • Hussman25

    Never needed to leave San Diego… Stern was being cheap back in tha day, moving them 2 LA!!! They need their own identity!

  • http://www.dynastybasketball.net/ Tony

    Eric Gordon should try and get back on the court before whining that he wants out of town

  • roman

    @drew- you are smokin some good stuff. Clippers over Lakers!!!!! Please move to San Diego or where ever. City is only big enough for the Lakers!!!!!