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The Clippers take bold steps in trying to separate themselves from the Lakers

The Clippers take bold steps in trying to separate themselves from the Lakers

The two red, white and blue bolts struck through the Los Angeles basketball landscape in a span of a few hours this week, one after the other, two sizzling revelations, one strong message.

The Clippers are tired of being Lakers lackeys.

They’ll never beat them in basketball history. They’ll never win the fight for local popularity. They still haven’t advanced as far as the Western Conference finals in their 33 seasons here. This will forever be a Lakers town, and they know it.

But the Clippers are finally attempting to physically move out of the Lakers’ shadow in two of the boldest ways possible. The campaign that began several years ago when Clippers Coach Doc Rivers...

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