First they were in Buffalo, then San Diego....they found themselves homeless. Off to Los Angeles they went...now, it seems, they find themselves unwanted. The Lakers are the team of Los Angeles, everyone knows it.
The Lakers are the championship team, they are the playoff team, they are the team with the superstars and the publicity and media attention. In my opinion, the unwanted bastard child of Los Angeles needs to find a new home.
Economically it makes so much sense, if you manage to find the right home -- first off, you won't be competeing for support, sales and general revenue against the Lakers. It would be absolutely mind-boggling, I'm sure to see the amount of revenue the Clippers get compared to the Lakers from Los Angeles. How do they get the money to support themselves like other NBA franchises I don't know, because the Lakers are just taking their share and them some more from the Los Angeles audience.
Basketball-wise, as we have seen this playoffs, home court is ever so important. I have to admit, I haven't watched much Clipper games over the years but still the Lakers have a better crowd, that is for sure. If the Clippers could get some solid support behind them from a solid fanbase they could really start to grow as a franchise.
New Orleans seemed to accept and back the Hornets straight away, of course that was helped by hurricane katrina, their community spirit just inflated to awesome levels. It seems that Oklahoma City, if anything like when they hosted the Hornets will be accepting of the Sonics franchise and support them. If the Clippers get to the right home, (could be Seattle), they could become a successful franchise.
Who are the candidates for cities who want teams, where do they go?