Doug Battista has watched a lot of bad basketball over the years. But when he sees a team he likes, Battista is loyal to the end. As a Southern California resident, there’s one team that Doug Battista follows closely—the Los Angeles Clippers. As an NBA fan, Doug Battista loves to attend Clippers games at the Staples Center, and eagerly awaits the day he is able to see the Clippers in a championship parade.
The Clippers originated in Buffalo, New York as the Buffalo Braves. Formed in 1970, the team soon established a winning record. But by the 1976-77 season, a diminishing record led officials to agree to relocate it to San Diego, explains Doug Battista.
According to Doug Battista, the Clippers enjoyed a better record as the San Diego Clippers from 1978-1984. Again, the team began dwindling in later years, leading owners to relocate it once again to Los Angeles in 1984.
The Clippers had a rough start in Los Angeles, Doug Battista recalls, with the team landing the designation of having the second-worst season in NBA history by 1986-87. The team continued to flounder until the late 1980s, when a few major changes turned the Clippers’ record around.
As Doug Battista explains it, the 1989 season began with the addition of Rookie of the Year second place Ron Harper. The 1990 season added Loy Stephen Vaught, who would go on to become one of the most consistent forwards in the NBA. These changes positioned the Los Angeles Clippers to become serious contenders in two playoff appearances, but the team was not able to sustain that success. In 2000, however, the team became known for its showmanship, with Darius Miles and Quentin Richardson adding to the team’s fan appeal, Doug Battista says.
Today, the team is in its “Lob City” era, named this for its alley-oop plays from Chris Paul to Blake Griffin to DeAndre Jordan. While the past season had a rough start, according to Doug Battista, the team had a sudden surge in which it won twelve of fourteen games. The Clippers made the playoffs for the first time since the 2005-2006 season.
While the playoffs were close, the Clippers had some wins and some losses in this year’s playoffs. Along with other fans, Doug Battista is hopeful that he will get to see his team finally have that championship parade.