The Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Lakers both play in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference. Both teams are based in the Staples Center in Los Angeles. The Lakers have won 17 NBA Championships since their founding in 1946, while the Clippers have never won a championship, conference or division.
edit Early History
The Clippers grew out of another team, the Buffalo Braves, that existed from 1970 to 1978. In 1978, the team became the San Diego Clippers, before moving to Los Angeles in 1984. In the team’s early years in LA, they had many problems, including a 12-70 record in the 86-87 season, the second-worse single season record in NBA history at the time. Changes in 1989 and 1990 turned the team into a playoffs contender.
The Lakers were founded in 1947, when a disbanded team, the Detroit Gems, were purchased and moved to Minneapolis, Minnesota. They won five championships in Minneapolis, before facing financial struggles in the late 1950s and moving to LA for the 1960-61 season. Their name came from the fact that Minnesota was known as the “Land of 10,000 Lakes.”
edit Home Arena
The Clippers and Lakers both play at the Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles. It opened in 1999 and seats up to 19,060 people. It is also home to the Los Angeles Sparks and the Lost Angeles Kings.
The Clippers and Lakers have played 195 season games against one another. The Lakers have won 143 of the games, while the Clippers have won 52. They have never played against one another in the playoffs.
[[Image:Clippers-Lakers.jpg|thumb|Clippers vs Lakers head to head stats for 2012-2013 season (from nba.com)
edit Division Titles
The Clippers have not won any Division Titles.
The Lakers have 23 Division Titles, most recently in 2000, 2001, 2004, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012.
edit Conference Titles
The Clippers have not won any Conference Titles.
The Lakers have 32 Conference titles, most recently in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2008, 2009 and 2010.
edit NBA Championships
The Clippers have not won any NBA championships.
A look at LA Clippers 2012 season highlights:
The Lakers have won 17 championships, including 1 NBL championship in 19487, before the NBA was formed. Since then, they have won in 1949, 1950, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1972, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2009 and 2010.
A look at the Top 10 NBA plays of LA Lakers from the 2012 Season:
edit Star players
The Clippers’ star players include Chris Paul and Blake Griffin.
17 Lakers players have become Hall of Famers. These include Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Elgin Baylor, Wilt Chamberlain, Gail Goodrich, Connie Hawkins, Magic Johnson, Clyde Lovellette, Karl Malone, Slater Martin and Bob McAdoo. Current players include Kobe Bryant and Pau Gasol.
edit Team value
According to Forbes, the Los Angeles Clippers are the 18th most valuable basketballl team in the US, worth $430 million. The Lakers are the US’s 2nd most valuable basketball team, worth $643 million.