STAPLES Center is a TOUGH place to play in

So we know STAPLES Center gets a knock for having a “lethargic crowd,” but according to the latest edition of ESPN the magazine. It’s one of the toughest arenas to play in…

Opponents are 12-61 (.164) at Staples during the NBA playoffs, which includes the Lakers and the Clippers. That’s the lowest of any arena. In comparison, the NHL’s toughest arena had an opponent win record of around .350, twice as high as Staples.

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  • FLUKE

    Nice stat. This might actually shut the haters that are comparing our crows to those of Cleavland and Jazz and Portland and other loud arenas. So what – were not loud. Who cares? We get the job done at home and that’s what counts.

  • Lakers 24 7

    Laker fans have nothing to be loud about because they’ve seen it all. There is nothing Kobe and the Lakers or even the past Laker teams haven’t shown us. So we can kick back and watch the Lakers own and be like “What else is new?”

  • http://psyb.webs.com KB24R10

    lol is funny, the laker crowd is so horrible, and the reason they got that record is because the Laker team’s are always pretty good in the playoffs. So when shaq and kobe score 40 u give the credit to the crowd? No. I still think the laker crowd is tooooooo laid back

  • Dragon

    Well thats because most of them are high price ticket holders who aren’t crazy about the lakers as the poor average joe like us. If we have more of those true fans in there they would be screaming their lungs off and show more pride.

  • KB24R10

    thats exactly what i am saying they should make the prices lower so the real fans can get the chance to enjoy their team, unlike some people who go their to show off their fancy cloths, and 1 more thing remember the 3peat years? all of the lakers fans were wearing gold, what happened to that tradition? oh my bad now the celebrities got to show off their Georgio Armanis, they cant wear gold.

  • Mitch4Pres

    we must be paying the refs then. cuz the fans that go SUCK for the most part

  • LAL4Life

    whats the best arena?

  • Josue in D 310

    The Staples playoff crowd really sucks a$$! The last couple games the place looked like a funeral home or the friggin morgue. These Laker fans Errr..I meant these buzz kill (zombie) Lakers fans need to snap out of that no spirit funk. I actually get stared down and hushed by people for cheering too loud for the Lakers! WtF?! last I checked that’s what fans are supposed to do right? I mean we are allowed to scream for our team, that’s what I go for, I love to cheer for my team loud but respectful and not just go to act like I’m too cool or too “civilized” to cheer. I Love my Lakers but the Fans at Staples stink!

  • HolyGuacamole

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    There’s a point there. Like Kyra Sedgwick being interviewed. I was in pain for her. She looked like she did not know what was going on. Haha.

    Anyways, as the point given, I would LOVE to watch them at Staples once they do decrease the prices a little (Uhmm, maybe never?). And I do get crazy sometimes. Even if I’m just watching at home.

  • WifelovesLuke

    Jack Nicholas is a high ticket price holder and was the biggest cheerleader in the building on Sunday. Don’t tell him he’s not loud.

  • OnenOnly24

    Maybe it really is all the celebrities in attendance making the other team all star struck. An opposing player is dribbling the ball down the court and all of a sudden he sees Denzel Washington right in front of him. Then before he knows it, the ball is stripped from him. Dumb theory but that’s what I like to think about.

  • Anthony

    The Staples Center is a tough place to hoop in because of the teams who play in it (mostly the Lakers). The crowd has to be the sorriest in the league — or any league for that matter.

    I’d love to see the fans get as wild as the soccer fans overseas get. Boston and the old Arco have to be the toughest places to play in. How can anyone hear with all that noise?

  • Vibe

    game 4 and game 1 thats all i have to say.

  • jason

    my friend noted that the loudest part of staples is really in the upper area that isn’t seen on television. I dunno, rumor is the acoustics at Staples is unlike any other arena, so maybe you don’t have to be loud to really throw off players.

    What i would like to see is them eliminate this “lights off” thing they have at Staples during Laker games so it puts the focus back on the fans so they’ll get louder. I think seeing a sea of purple and gold in the stands in bright lights would definitely intimidate some people.