Contrary to Media Hype, Clippers Say Their Main Rival is the Grizzlies
Its here. It is finally here. Opening night in the NBA regular season. One of the headline games is the heated rivalry between the Lakers and the Clippers. Or, at least that’s what the national media hype machine would have you believe.
According to the Clippers, however, their biggest rival is the Memphis Grizzlies, not the L.A. Lakers.
In a pregame article in the Los Angeles Times, both Doc Rivers and DeAndre Jordan say that the media is trying to fabricate a rivaly between the two occupants of Staples Center.
I would say Memphis more than the Lakers.
– DeAndre Jordan
“I don’t think it’ll ever be a rivalry. You guys [in the media] want it to be, though,” Jordan said. “I would say Memphis more than the Lakers.”
All of this is because the Clippers and Grizzlies have met in the first round of the playoffs the last two seasons. The Clippers won a thrilling Game 7 in Memphis during the 2012 playoffs and the Grizzlies beat the Clippers in six games last spring.
You would think, before the two L.A. teams could be considered rivals, they would at least have to have met in the playoffs, something the two teams have never done.
“I hate every other NBA team in the league. If anybody [is our rival], I’d say Memphis,” Jordan said.
Chris Paul agrees the LA-LA rivalry is all media driven, saying “I don’t know. That’s for you [in the media] to decide. Luckily, all I have to do is participate in the game. So, y’all decide if it’s a rivalry.”