Lakers guard Danny Green offers sage advice to ‘cocky’ Clippers

Brad Sullivan
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Los Angeles Lakers guard Danny Green delivered a stinging jab at the Los Angeles Clippers for their perceived arrogance about winning an NBA title that was eventually captured by the Lakers.

Green appeared on the “Real Ones” podcast and delivered the shot to the Lakers’ Staples Center co-tenants, who were seen by many as the favorites to win the 2020 title.

The hype about the Clippers’ chances began even before the 2019-20 season started after the team acquired superstars Paul George and Kawhi Leonard.

Despite the Clippers finishing runner-up to the Lakers for the best regular season record in the Western Conference, they were still seen by many as championship contenders.

Those expectations weren’t really questioned after the Clippers jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the Western Conference semifinal series against the Denver Nuggets. However, the Nuggets erased that deficit to advance to the conference finals, where they lost to the Lakers in five games.

In the wake of the Clippers’ stunning collapse, head coach Doc Rivers was fired and George received a heavy dose of criticism for the team’s meltdown.

Whether or not new Clippers head coach Tyronn Lue will use Green’s words as motivation for next season is unknown. However, it seems likely that he’ll remind his players to tamp down any expectations until they hoist a championship trophy like Green and the Lakers did.

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Brad is a freelance writer for, who can clearly recall watching Lakers games in 1972 as they captured the first of their 11 Los Angeles-based titles. The franchise's evolution into a beloved and iconic franchise among its fan base since that memorable year allows for a wider perspective to be a part of his writing about the team's current fortunes.