As with the Roman Empire or a Hollywood starlet, sports runs through cycles in which those on the bottom rise to the top and those on the top fall. This is that time for Los Angeles.
“The Lakers have been the shining star for decades, and the Clippers almost the laughing stock of the league,” says Dan Lebowitz, president of the Center for the Study of Sports in Society at Northeastern University. “Now the Clippers are the darlings of the league, the Cinderella team to watch. This is going to be good.”
Lakers Superstar Kobe Bryant tore his Achilles tendon in a recent game and will be out for the remainder of the season at least – and the Lakers have yet to figure out how to make up for Bryant’s 27.3-point-per-game average.
“There’s one big, blistering question facing the Lakers,” writes Los Angeles Times sportswriter Mike Bresnahan, looking ahead to Wednesday’s second playoff game against the Spurs. “So, uh, who’s going to score for you guys?”
Watching Sunday's game from home, Bryant tweeted coaching tips, such as how to buck up the defense and get the ball to seven-time all-star center Dwight Howard. He reportedly got enough negative feedback that he will not be tweeting Game 2, though at least one teammate welcomes it.