Basketball fans around the globe were able to rejoice this week as the National Basketball Association’s 2009-2010 season tipped off.
That is, unless, you are a Los Angeles Clippers fan.
For years now, they have spent their time in LA playing the role of the ugly stepchild of the Lakers.
Not only do they have to play in the same gym, but 41 games a year they run out on their home court and get to gaze up toward the rafters and see the Lake Show’s 15 championship banners.
So how do the NBA schedule makers reward the Clips for years of living in the voluminous shadow of the Purple and Gold?
They make them play Kobe and Co. on opening night, on the Lakers’ floor.
The same night in which the pregame festivities included the unfurling of their most recent championship banner and the presentation of their rings, which resembled a Norwegian glacier parked on a 15-karat gold band.
To add insult to injury — literally — the Clippers No.1 overall pick in the draft, Blake Griffin, has a stress fracture in his left kneecap and could miss six weeks.
Commence placing paper bags over your heads, Clippers fans.