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Letters: A quantum shift in L.A. basketball?

Blake Griffin is clearly making a mark, but readers wonder how long he will be making it with the Clippers.

January 21, 2011

With all due respect and deference to Kobe Bryant, it is truly a joy and privilege to witness the torch of L.A.'s reigning basketball superstar slowly pass from his longtime grasp into the capable hands of Clippers rookie Blake Griffin.

This young athlete is truly a sight to behold; a skilled, hustling competitive, old-school marvel and his already prodigious talents remind me of how lucky we've been here with rookies who arrive and remain: Jerry, Magic and James, Kobe … and now Blake.

Mr. Sterling, for once take a cue from your crosstown rivals and do what it takes to ensure Griffin spends his entire career in L.A. — uniform colors are flexible.

Cy Bolton

Rancho Cucamonga


It's nice to see that there's an NBA team here in L.A., with a young superstar, who, if he can stay healthy, has a chance to become one of the all-time greats, and another young player, in only his third season, who has a chance to be a perennial All-Star. A team with affordable ticket prices. A team that's had a small, but loyal, fan base over the years and whose fans are classy, humble and civilized, and not cocky and obnoxious. A team that has a bright future.

Yes. That team would be the Clippers, not the Lakers, and, unlike the Lakers, they're definitely an L.A. team that I could cheer for, and support.

Michael Lipofsky



I don't watch a lot of pro basketball, but I have to admit I've been tuning in to the Clippers' games. Watching Blake Griffin and the rest of this exciting young Clippers team is entertaining.

It's a shame that in a couple of years he will head back to Oklahoma saying, "I'm taking my talents back home to Tornado Alley."

You know Donald Sterling will find a way to screw this up. Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and the people of Oklahoma can't wait to start hanging those championship banners up by beating the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. I'd advise Eric Gordon and the rest of these young Clippers to follow him.

Scott Bryant

Lake Forest


How many times do you see the winning team dribble out the clock when the game is "over"? So much for playing hard all the way to the end. Blake Griffin is a great talent, but his fighting for a rebound at the end of the Lakers game was classless. When Kobe said the team got "punked" maybe he really meant they lost to a "punk". In the long run, I think this type of play by Griffin will come back to haunt him one day.

P. Joseph Gendell

Beverly Hills


I was puzzled by the T.J. Simers interview with Blake Griffin. The writer seemed to be saying that Blake is boring to interview and that his comments do not measure up to his on-court performance.

I think we can be grateful to have a tremendous star in Blake Griffin. What I've heard from Griffin tells me he is an humble young man who is here to play basketball — a team player who is quick to credit his teammates and let his skills speak for themselves. I find him refreshing and a new reason to follow the Clippers.

Miller McMillan

Santa Monica

Sinking Kings

When I first saw the cover photo and story on Orange County high school hockey [Jan. 15], I was shocked that a bunch of teenagers can get the attention of the local media that always seems to overlook the Kings. But the more I thought about it, I realized that these kids are more deserving.

After all, the Kings are mired in last place, the players are in serious need of a heart transplant, management is paralyzed by inaction and AEG has their attention on getting an NFL team rather than helping the NHL team they already own. Credit is due the Ducks' owners, the Samuelis, for helping the O.C. kids get their league started while the Kings owner, Phil Anschutz, remains in hiding in Denver. Given how poorly his sad sack team has performed lately, maybe Phil is waiting to emerge on Feb. 2 to see the shadow of playoff revenue sliding away and alert Kings fans that summer vacation will begin in April this year.

Gary Matzel

Culver City


When Terry Murray was hired as the coach of the Kings, he was said to be a man with a calm demeanor who would help the young players on the team in their development and bring them up the right way. He did just that, helping young stars like Anze Kopitar, Dustin Brown, Jack Johnson and Drew Doughty find their way in the NHL. However, the time for growing is over and it seems more and more apparent that the tired, old, predictable system that Murray has put in place is no longer showing results and the players, like the fans, no longer trust it. Thanks for all you have done, Terry, but it is time to move on.

Sawyer Fox

Thousand Oaks


As the Kings' season spirals downward into oblivion, Kings fans continue to listen to GM Dean Lombardi tell us that he is ready to make a deal for the right guy. We have been waiting five years to acquire "the right guy." Someone needs to tell Mr. Lombardi that Wayne Gretzky has retired and Sidney Crosby is not available.

Scott Maiman

Agoura Hills


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