LA's banner cover-up: Blame Ed Lacerte
"Last year when the Clippers were blowing us out and I was sitting there with Eddie Lacerte, our trainer in Boston, and he taps me on the leg and he says, 'Look at that,'" Rivers said. "I didn't want to look at anything at that point, we were literally down 30 points, and I looked up and you see all the banners. And he said, 'Man, I would never have that.' I thought, wow, he's right. So, again, the Lakers can blame a Boston guy."
Rivers said he has heard positive and negative reviews of his decision to cover up the Lakers' championship banners and retired jerseys with seven giant banners of Clippers players during Clippers games this season.
"I've had the gamut of feedback, I can tell you that," Rivers said. "Mostly positive, even from a lot of Lakers fans. The other day I was in the drugstore, and a Lakers fan said, 'I can't believe you covered up our banners but I was always wondering why you hadn't done it in the past.' It's the Clippers' court, and that's the way we feel. It's not a disrespectful thing at all. It's not intended that way at all. When we play in our arena, it should be about us and only us."
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