TLN co-creator Chris “LD2k” Manning sat down with Clipper Darrell and ESPN to talk about what being a Lakers fan is all about. Darrell talked about Clippers nation. Give it a read…
ESPN: This weekend the City of Angels is the setting of an escalating struggle with distinct battle lines. In a situation that’s unique to Los Angeles, two NBA teams have been coexisting there for 26 years, and this weekend they will clash as their home city hosts the 60th NBA All-Star weekend. It’s Laker Nation versus the Clipper Clan in the Battle of L.A. 2011.
With two teams, neither of which originated in Los Angeles, taking part in hosting the NBA’s most exciting weekend, the question is raised: who really runs this town?
On one side there’s the Clipper Clan, led by faithful commander Darrell Bailey aka Clipper Darrell , a 10-year season ticket holder and the team’s most vocal fan. Every night the stout man in red, white and blue leads Clipper faithful in “U-G-L-Y” chants, underscoring the underdog spirit that characterizes Los Angeles’ unglamorous team. Darrell is an L.A. legend representing the average man. After losing his job and being told he would never amount to anything, he put his faith in a team residing at the bottom of the league and became its biggest cheerleader. In good times and bad (mostly bad, for Clippers fans), you can catch him cruising around town in his tricked out red, white and blue 1995 7 series BMW, complete with Clippers interior. With the NBA All-Star weekend in his city he is ready to represent his team every day, all day.
Hop on the freeway to Hollywood and you’ll find the ultra-sophisticated Laker Nation, led by Chris Manning, co-creator of TheLakersNation.com, a go-to site for all news and rumors related to the team. With the Lakers’ 17 championships, Manning knows his team has bragging rights and intends to show the world just that during All-Star weekend. Manning created a motto for all Laker fans to live by: “One Nation, under Phil, Kobe’s invincible, with Laker Girls and free tacos for all!” Under this mantra, Laker Nation bleeds purple and gold together.