and after the controversial racist who starred owner
Los Angeles Clippers
2,000 million dollars
, the second most expensive purchase in the history of American sports.
Only surpassed by the 2,150 million that had been paid by the
Los Angeles Dodgers
for baseball in 2011. The Clippers' was an expensive acquisition for the time considering that the
, now one of the best teams in the NBA, were sold for
at the beginning of that 2014, but Ballmer, former
CEO of Microsoft
, he was convinced of what he was doing.
It is not cheap
, but there is a huge growth opportunity," he explained.
The Clippers, who had
Chris Paul and Blake Griffin
as stars, had just lost in the conference semifinals against
Kevin Durant's Thunder
and were the first basketball power in the city.
The Lakers, the great team of
, then faced a deep reconstruction that would leave them six years without Playoffs.
It was finally time for the little brother from Los Angeles.
The brother who had never achieved anything.
And Ballmer knew it.
But that opportunity turned into
need and pressure
In the burden of an organization with
50 years of history
had never set foot in a final
(a record in North American sports) and that grew up in the shadow of the Lakers.
Bad luck, injuries, parts shortages at certain times and the rise of the
Warriors or Rockets
have doomed the Clippers for the past five years.
They still did not step on a final.
However, in the summer of 2019 something changed.
The management of the franchise managed to convince
, who was a free agent after becoming champion with the Raptors, and managed to transfer
The recent Finals MVP and one of the best defenders in the league.
And most importantly,
two of the superstars who had sounded loud to reinforce the Lakers
had ended up in the other dressing room at Staples Center.
Summer victory and a historic hit.
The Clippers were, finally, in the first echelon of favorites to win the ring and the franchise had revalued to 2.6 billion (still 2,000 of the Lakers),
sixth highest figure in the league.
In addition, in March of this year
Ballmer acquired for 400 million the famous The Forum in Inglewood
, the home where the Lakers won five titles between 1967 and 1999 before sharing headquarters with the Clippers at Staples.
Her or his promise?
Turning into a 'clipper' what was once purple and gold
A year later, that triumph in the market has left them tails on the track.
While the Lakers calmly navigate the other side of the
, the Clippers, on paper the best squad in the championship and one of the most talented has accumulated in recent times, have been shamefully shipwrecked against the
Denver Nikola Jokic's Nuggets
They dominated the tie 3-1 and have been traced back to 3-4 despite having advantages of 15 and 20 points in the fifth and sixth games.
Another incentive to that '
black legend' that
them away from the final every year
and that keeps them as a 'losing franchise' for another summer.
In Game 7 (89-104), Leonard and George, who have mortgaged most of their draft picks for the next six years, scored 24 points in total (14 and 10), on a night to forget for their coach,
Doc Rivers, who is the only manager in league history to lose three playoff ties after leading 3-1
"We didn't feel like this was the year for the championship. We've only been together for a short time," George explained.
smiles at the hotel.
His fourth ring is closer.
According to the criteria of The Trust Project
NBA 2019 - 2020 The Clippers do not want to change their history: they let 19 points escape and there will be a seventh game against the Nuggets
NBA 2019 - 2020'Playoff LeBron ': 36 points, historical record and Lakers comeback
NBA 2019 - 2020The Celtics accelerate and leave Marc Gasol and Ibaka one step away from elimination
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