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Lakers, Clippers continue to build up star power of Los Angeles
Time:2012/8/13 14:53:08    

Wholesale NHL Jerseys.Certainly, players from other cities are attracted to Los Angeles, a major market with crossover endorsement and entertainment possibilities. But the recent accumulation of talent marks a decision by both franchises to be aggressive — and spend millions upon millions — to build contenders.


Youth Jerseys Sales.The Clippers had ranked near the middle of the NBA in player salaries, but recently awarded Griffin with a five-year $95-million extension and will have to pay up to $108 million to keep Paul. The Lakers, with the league's highest payroll by a substantial margin, will spend more than $66 million this season just on Bryant, Howard and Gasol. That figure would have ranked eighth among the NBA's 30 teams last season.


Official NFL Jerseys.Los Angeles fans have not had the chance to root for so many big names since the "Showtime" era in the 1980s when Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and James Worthy led the Lakers to a string of titles.

But, in those days, there was only one show in town.

"It's the norm for the Lakers to have Hall of Fame-type talent," Van Gundy said. "For the Clippers, it's certainly something new."

After years of missteps, the Clippers seem to have found new resolve. By outdueling the Lakers to trade for Paul last season, then signing Griffin to an extension, they threatened to eclipse their next-door neighbors.

This summer, they even traded for former Lakers favorite Lamar Odom.

As Clippers center DeAndre Jordan said: "L.A. fans should be excited about basketball in this town."


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