Buffalo Braves/S.D.-L.A. Clippers: NBA All-Times Starting Fives

September 22nd, 2010 by Emile Avanessian Leave a reply »
Los Angeles is home to two NBA teams, but it would be sacrilegious to suggest that they share the city. This ain’t Mets-Yankees. It’s not even Knicks Nets.

Growing up in Los Angeles, my first memory of the Clippers is as a punch line. For much of my youth, they remained a punch line, not just locally or in NBA circles, but across professional sports. Over the years, a funny thing happened to the relationship between Laker fans and the Clippers. We’ve begun to root for the Clippers. Not because we necessarily hope for or expect any success from them, but because there’s no pleasure in rooting against the hopeless.

At some point, the mockery waned, morphing into apathy before ultimately transforming into pity.

Over the past 34 years, the Clippers/Braves have posted a winning percentage of just .353 (973- 1,783), produced four .500-or-better seasons, appeared in the playoffs four times, advanced past the first round once, lost 50+ games 23 times, 60+ eight times (including a record of 12-70 in 1986-87), and managed just nine wins out of 50 games (.180 winning percentage) in the lockout-shortened 1999 season.

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