Samuel’s Law: Why Clippers 2012 Success Makes Perfect Sense
For my new personal parabolas column I thought it would be a fun idea to arc the features of a perfectly understandable explanation about how the unprecedented transactions made by the Los Angeles Clippers basketball team will propel them to uncharted levels of respect (and thus, wins) as soon as this season. Defending the Clippers as an organization is never an easy prospect, but consider I’ve tried in the past and failed epically both in friendly conversation, as well as black and white print to do so with any respectable level of fancy shift.
In fact, this season is quite different for the team that has regularly been ranked over the years as one of the worst franchises in all of professional athletics.
Unlike the Ron Paul 2012 campaign, the professionals in the media are coming quick to get behind the team, forgetting many of it’s past transgressions. Yaroslav Korolev much? This does go against conventional wisdom when there is some interesting parallels to draw upon when you look at owner, Donald Sterling, and how his image has been fubar after the many negative stories that seem to follow him around. Over the years, it can be argued that Sterling has in fact attempted to spend the kind of money he threw down for Chris Paul ($16.3 million), but failed to nail down Kobe Bryant and Allen Iverson, to just name two.
Oh me, oh my! The NBA has finally started, though not a day too early. As I have complained in many other outputs, the real problem with the NBA is the length of the season, and this shortened season will favor the simmering Clippers team. For the veterans, the long season is just a reason to procrastinate while for the youngsters, the 82 game schedule is an accident waiting to happen, or borderline torture take your pick. Meanwhile, as I sit here scratching my head over a season opening New York Knicks victory over the Boston Celtics something is itching at me. What I want to know is, just who is supporting the Knicks this season? Newt? Both are equally vile predators, pudgy from off-season antics and bribery, and certainly neither should be trusted around members of the opposite sex. Fortunately, if we are to speak of support, New Yorkers are showing less overall support for Gingrich and we can expect a similar effect after this surprising sprint out of the gate. Similar lack of support is currently being shown for Metta World Peace, but I do understand
the idiot formerly known as Ron Artest his plight. I now post using my middle name.
A month ago, the line on the Clippers to win the league championship was at 50-1. That was on the board for two days before getting yanked down upon rumors big trades were about to happen in the NBA. A couple weeks later the lines were restored, and now you can make that same bet at 10-1. That is Vegas love, and most likely the best pre-season odds ever for the Clippers. They are still a tough bet with the Spurs, Bulls, Mavericks, Thunder and odds-on favorites to dominate, the Miami Heat, but there is the “underdog factor” at play here. Along with the fact that the minute I left covering this team due to obligations and other factors mentioned here, it just makes sense that there will be at least some Clippers’ success this season.
The Clippers open their season tonight at 7:30pm pacific @ Golden State.
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