OC Register shows no respect to LA Clippers

Game on

Game on

While the bulk of our Orange Juice posts are to focus on Orange County politics, there surely is politics in professional sports. Furthermore the NBA’s LA Clippers have played pre season games at the Honda Center so I have that base covered as I write the following.

The above the fold photo and story by Kevin Ding, on the cover page of the Sports section of today’s Register, is all about that other team in LA as they defeated the Golden State Warriors, not exactly an NBA finals challenger whose current record is 15 wins and 23 losses. That game was played in Oakland, not exactly in our immediate neighborhood.

At the same time, in front of a record crowd of nearly 20,000 fans at the Staples center, the LA Clippers defeated the Miami Heat breaking a string of 13 consecutive road wins by the high profile trio of LeBron James, Dwayne Wade and Chris Bosh.

Oh yes, the Register did offer some coverage. It can be found on page 4 as provided by David Lassen of the Press Enterprise, a Riverside County newspaper. They couldn’t even send a local Register reporter as they probably expected the Clippers, a seven point underdog, to be blown away last night.

What is not mentioned in coverage of the Clippers, that other LA NBA franchise who shares the Staples Center, is that Chris Kaman, their 2010 All Star starting center, has only appeared in 10 games this season.

Miami had won 20 consecutive games since Dec 1st before losing to the Clippers last night.  No respect. I believe that phrase was coined by Rodney Dangerfield.

The Clippers scored 44 points in the first quarter against the star studded defensive Miami Heat and finished shooting 50 percent. While the Register did share page 4 between the two LA teams this night and this victory was special and the coverage should have been reversed.

This was one bad call that cannot be blamed on  the ref’s.  This was a bad call by the Register team leader.

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