Until this point in their history, it’s been one embarrassing charted course of disaster. A dysfunctional collection of Gilligans on the SS Minnow, from Benoit Benjamin to Wang ZhiZhi, with every other Olowokandi, Korolev and Closs in between.
There’s really nothing to gain by rehashing that rotting pile of filet o’ fish that floated up from San Diego and has been L.A.’s Titanic-sized sanitation issue since 1984.
Except that the stern is about to turn. David Stern, that is, will be leaving as commissioner soon. Trusted assistant Adam Silver will be the new man in charge working with Skipper Donald T. Sterling (not to be confused with Captain Merrill Stubing, of “Love Boat” fame)
Here’s the perfect way to turn this new Sterling-Silver connection into gold: Change the team’s name.
New coach and former Clippers point guard Doc Rivers has already lobbed the idea up there to change the culture and image by suggesting they cover up those Lakers championship banners up on the Staples Center wall whenever the Clippers are in the building for a home game.
Why not spin the spinnaker. Drop the dinghy. Reboot the rudder.
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