To keep contending at the highest level, Chris knew he had to attach himself to a franchise player — no different from Oscar Robertson joining Lew Alcindor in 1970, Jay-Z hooking up with Kanye in 2011, or me hooking up with Kevin Durant in 2017.
I think it was the great Red Auerbach who first came up with this rule: If you throw the name of any 28-and-over All-Star forward or center into Google searches with the following words … I believe Blake Griffin remains one of the league’s most fascinating talents, but I can’t imagine him staying healthy for two years, much less four.
You could see the effects of those hospital trips last year, when Blake started going under and around bigger players instead of over and through them.
If anything, the city’s love for the Lakers became more pronounced — you could feel it every time a Clipper got booed at a Dodgers game, or every time a more famous NBA team passed through Clipperland and drew 6,000–7,000 fans.
For the life of me, I can’t imagine why you would build a new basketball arena in Inglewood.