Doc Rivers, left, is impressed with Lakers fan base/Staff photo by David Crane
Doc Rivers on Monday night paid the Lakers and their fans quite a compliment. Rivers on Sunday went to Staples Center as a fan to watch his son Austin toil for the New Orleans Pelicans against the Lakers. Austin Rivers is a reserve guard for New Orleans.
As Doc Rivers played host to reporters in his pre-game news conference Monday ahead of the Clippers’ game against the Phoenix Suns, he was asked how he was treated by Lakers fans.
“They were very nice last night, they were very good,” he said, smiling. Rivers then discussed what he though about the turnout of 18,997.
“I’ll say this, one of the things I was impressed with was how crowded it was,” Rivers said. “Really, when you have the record that they have, it says a lot about their fan base and their loyalty. And I thought that was impressive. I went through that in Boston and I was always amazed how crowded it was every night. Celtics fans showed up every night, whether we were winning or losing.
“And the Lakers fans are doing that, too, and there are not a lot of fan bases in our league – or in any league, for that matter – that would do that. And I think that’s something that we’d love to be able to achieve some day. I don’t want to do that part of losing to find out, but I thought that was really impressive.”
Blake Griffin is certainly one reason why road crowds come to see the Clippers/Photo courtesy of Los Angeles Clippers
Secondary ticket marketplace Vivid Seats has released its annual home and road NBA ticket price report, and it shows the Clippers drawing plenty of road interest.
The Clippers have the eighth-highest median ticket price in the league at $115. On the road, the Clippers are the fifth-most coveted team, increasing median ticket prices by 31.6 percent as the visiting team.
The Lakers come in second in both categories with a median ticket price of $165 and road value of plus-60.1 percent.
The Cleveland Cavaliers – with LeBron James again in the fold, as well as newly acquired Kevin Love – are first. They have a median ticket price of $216 and a road value of plus-138.6 percent.
Jordan Farmar/photo courtesy of Los Angeles Lakers
Free agent point guard Jordan Farmar and the Clippers have reportedly come to terms on a two-year deal.
The two-year accord is for $4.2 million, with the second year being a player option.
Farmar, out of UCLA, played the first four years of his career for the Lakers, played two years for the New Jersey Nets, did not play in 2012-13 and then played this past season for the Lakers.
In 41 regular-season games in an injury-plagued 2013-14, Farmar averaged 10.1 points and 4.9 assists. He is averaging 7.9 points and 3.0 assists over his seven-year career.
Farmar, 27, went to Taft High in Woodland Hills.
This could off-set the recent loss of point guard Darren Collison, who signed with Sacramento.
The Los Angeles Times first reported this deal, citing NBA executives not at liberty to speak publicly on the matter.
Thursday is the first day free agents can actually sign their contracts.