“Just like New York…” Clippers fans get reality check from Josh Hart on Los Angeles being Lakers town

Hart comments about the Lakers - Clippers rivalry on the Roommates Show podcast with a Knicks reference.

“Just like New York…” Clippers fans get reality check from Josh Hart on Los Angeles being Lakers town

Josh Hart

Josh Hart played for the Lakers in his first two seasons. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard had quite some time in Hollywood, playing alongside LeBron James. The Crypto.com arena is home to the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers. The Lakers have played in the league since the 60s. On the other hand, the Clippers do not have the longevity or the success of the Lakers.

While their time in the league does not indicate the difference in their fanbase, the franchise’s history matters. Recently, Josh Hart expressed his opinion on which team holds supremacy over the other in Los Angeles. This is what Hart said:

Bro, they do not rock with the Clippers. That (L.A) would never be a Clipper town ever. Not even if they win four or five chips. That's so deeply rooted in purple and gold, that's not changing... That's generations, that's like their parents were Clipper fans, I mean not Clipper fans, Laker fans. That's purple and gold city, bro. They ain't never changing. That's like New York man, ain't nobody rockin with Brooklyn.
Josh Hart via Roommates Show

The Lakers’ popularity in the league goes way back to the Showtime era. The team featured stars like Magic Johnson, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and James Worthy. Ever since then, the Lakers have earned their name among some of the most popular sports franchises in history.

Meanwhile, the Clippers only recently had stars like Chris Paul, Blake Griffin, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, and James Harden join them. Even still, they have yet to win a title. The Lakers also have 17 titles in their trophy room. Looking at its rich history, the city of Los Angeles will always be home to the purple and gold. Hence, Hart’s assessment holds credibility.

Josh Hart wasn’t wrong about the Knicks during Lakers – Clippers comparison

The New York Knicks have had a fair share of their dominant seasons back in the mid-80s to 2000. While the franchise only hung two title banners, which came in the 1970s, its reputation in American Sports history is highly admired.

On the other hand, the Brooklyn Nets emerged from the New Jersey Nets in 2013. Brooklyn’s first season featured marquee signings like Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett, and Joe Johnson. However, they could not bring any championship success. Later, the Nets attracted some fans after signing Kevin Durant, Kyrie Irving, and James Harden, but that reign also did not result in a championship.

As of now, the Knicks have a complete roster and could make noises in the postseason. With Josh Hart and Jalen Brunson in the lineup, the Knicks will look to make a deep playoff run this season. Meanwhile, the Nets remain in crisis with the Ben Simmons situation.

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