The Clippers made only 4 playoff appearances between 1984-85, once they moved to Los Angeles from San Diego, and 2010-11, the season before they traded for the All-Star point guard Chris Paul. The Lakers won eight championships during that period.
“The Clippers all the time been checked out as the opposite team,” said Paul Pierce, the Hall of Fame player who grew up in Inglewood and spent the ultimate two years of his 19-year N.B.A. profession with the Clippers.
There have been moments when the Clippers flashed into the imagination of the basketball world. Within the early 2000s, a bunch of young players — Darius Miles, Lamar Odom and Quentin Richardson amongst them — earned fans’ adoration with their fun personalities and the playing sort of an ultra-talented pickup team. However the Clippers made the playoffs just once in the primary decade of the century.
“The Clippers never really had a spot, you realize what I mean?” said Baron Davis, 43, a retired two-time All-Star guard who grew up in Los Angeles and played for U.C.L.A. “And I knew once I signed with the Clippers, my goals in three years, 4 years, we desired to make it one other destination in L.A.”
They didn’t grow to be serious contenders until they traded with Latest Orleans for Paul in December 2011 and ushered within the so-called Lob City era, named for the way in which Paul would connect with the high-flying forward Blake Griffin for thrilling dunks to punctuate fast breaks.
That period coincided with a downturn for the Lakers, opening the door for some fans, particularly younger ones, to decide on the Clippers.
“The Lakers sucked once I first began watching basketball,” Charlie Muir, a highschool senior, said at a recent Clippers game. He added: “I saw the Clippers. That they had, like, Chris Paul, Blake Griffin. It was Lob City era so it was really exciting to look at.”