The Lakers have 12 championship banners — Minneapolis has its five titles on one banner — and 10 retired jerseys, including Chick Hearn's microphone retired jersey.
"Well, I didn't look at it as the banner thing," Rivers maintained. "I just look at it as putting our guys up."
Rivers had the banners of Jamal Crawford, Blake Griffin, J.J. Redick, DeAndre Jordan, Jared Dudley, Chris Paul and Matt Barnes all put up on the wall.
The Kings' championship banner was still up on the opposite side of the arena.
Rivers was asked why he didn't put up his banners on the same side as the Kings' banner.
"Listen, I think this is our arena when we play," Rivers said. "So I just thought it would be good that we show our guys. No disrespect to them. But when we play, it's the Clippers' arena as far as I know."
Jordan has been with the Clippers for five seasons and he always wondered why the Lakers had their banners at the forefront.
"You've got to give those [Lakers] guys credit. They won championships so they have the right to put them up," Jordan said. "But at the same time, it doesn't say Lakers Arena outside. It says Staples."
It's funny that a reporter called him out about putting stuff up on the opposite side of the arena. This is really reminding me of a few years ago when Elton Brand cried to the media about it being time they changed the color of the purple seats to red because it was "their time now".
Clippers can do what they want when it's their home games. That's not the issue. The issue is covering up NBA history. Could you imagine if the Kings or Sparks covered up the banners just because "it's also their arena"? It's definitely silly when you look at it that way.