In regards to the LA fanbase sure, I agree with you but I wouldnt give 2 s---- about the fanatics, this team will get there regardless a slow start, this is a veteran led team which understands this is a marathon not a sprint and they'll be smart enough not to risk injuries too early on. With that said I believe a 15-5 start should come easy but Im not expecting it, too many new pieces, new system, summer hangover, out of game shape etc... NBA season starts are weird just as season openers.
But youre right a solid start would go a long way, I guess Im weird as I dont care as much, I know this team will get it... will it matter if they start the season 10-10 but win the ship?
I dont expect a horrible start, the west will be a dog fight but with a Bron and AD led team you simply want to get in fully healthy... I dont care what seed, no one wants to face a FULLY HEALTHY clicking Bron and AD in a series.
Unfortunately, it's the Lakers and perception is 9/10ths of reality.
With Ballmer spending millions on negative articles and PR to change perception in LA and increase the Clippers Marketability, we can't give him any ammunition.
I can almost guarantee that Ballmer has paid for drafts with headlines like:
LeBron and Vogel aren't speaking
LeBron prefers Kidd over Vogel
AD won't resign with Lakers over concerns of LeBron's Age
Vogel has lost the locker room
Kyle Kuzma has requested a trade
Kurt and Linda Rambis are running the Lakers
LeBron is feuding with AD
AD is better than LeBron or LeBron needs AD
AD wants his own team
Yada Yada...and I'm not joking about the drafts...
Ballmer paid more money for the Clippers than everyone on this board will make in their ENTIRE LIVES, COMBINED! He's not leaving anything up to chance. He's trying to drum up money for the new arena and the Lakers own most of the market share in the great Los Angeles Area.
It would be strange and stupid for Ballmer to NOT try to destroy the Lakers through the media. And AEG? I'd bet the Clippers want to have more influence with that group than the Lakers. Proving they can win marketing will go a long way to accomplishing that.
As fans, we may not care about any of that but it's a very important battle that is going on behind the scenes. Winning will almost assure our victory. Struggling will boost the seeds Ballmer is sowing right now.
Edited by GCMD, Yesterday, 08:26 PM.