The Los Angeles Clippers need their own arena, if not for anything but to make visiting opponents dread coming onto their court.
Owner Steve Ballmer already mentioned that he's looking around the city for a new venue once the current lease is up in 2024.
Sharing an arena with the Lakers doesn't completely give off the feeling of home court as it should.
Chris Paul spoke with ESPN's Jovan Buha to say he believes the team needs to make their home court a tougher place to come into.
“One of the biggest things for us is our home court hasn't really been a home . I don't know – for some reason we haven't made it a tough place to play.”
Considering the Clippers' 29-12 home record last season, they should be able to execute their game plan on a much higher level being one of the Western Conference’s best teams.
For some reasons, they tend to sometimes appear uninspired at Staples Center, and the team doesn’t always show the same energy that home court advantage usually provides to other teams in the league.
It could be a complete change of mindset that's needed to give the entire fan base that needed spark, and while the Clippers feel they have to get off to a good start, they also don’t look at this season as a must win.
Paul, on the other hand, just wants to come out of the gates well with nine of the first 15 games to be played at home.
The Clippers need to set the tone early, and there should be no other option.
“We've talked about it a lot,” Paul said. “The very first day of camp, our team meetings, we talked about getting off to a good start.”