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Steve Ballmer speaks on the importance of Clippers having their own home arena

Steve Ballmer, Kawhi Leonard, Paul George, Clippers, Inglewood

L.A. Clippers team owner Steve Ballmer is one of the most outspoken figures in all of North American professional sports as he certainly isn’t one to mince his words.

During a recent chat with Rachel Nichols of ESPN, Ballmer made a point to mention the importance of his Clippers eventually having its own home arena.

As it stands today, the Clippers share Staples Center with its crosstown rival in the heralded Los Angeles Lakers, a team that just captured the 2019-20 NBA title.

Of course, Ballmer’s Clippers have been more than competitive for quite some time now despite the fact that the Lakers are the only Los Angeles professional basketball team to claim an NBA title—17 of them to be exact.

With superstar swingmen Kawhi Leonard and Paul George currently running the show for the Clippers on the floor, L.A. remains in good hands moving forward.

However, the team will be heading in a bit of a different direction this season as former head coach Doc Rivers is now leading the Philadelphia 76ers. In Rivers’ absence, it will be former Cleveland Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue who will serve as the new head coach. Lue was an assistant coach under Rivers for the Clippers last season, so it won’t be a totally new environment for Leonard, George, and company in 2020-21.

Because the Lakers, and the rest of the Western Conference, got significantly better this offseason, the Clippers are going to have to bring it if they’re going to remain near the top of the standings in 2020-21.