First, let me introduce myself. I’ve been a Clipper fan for as long as I’ve been following the NBA, going diehard when my favorite player outside the organization was acquired for a 2nd overall draft pick back in 2001. Some opinions defining me as a citizen. I’m pro Dunleavy, I don’t think we’ll ever see a consistent Kaman 2.0 and the time for this team to win is next year otherwise we have to go into rebuilding mode.
I’m dedicated enough to read the times, and since last year this blog, every morning while eating breakfast but I’ve never been to a Clipper game. Before last season and the evolution of torrent sites, I’ve only been able to watch about 30 games on TV. I have actually never ever met another Clipper fan in real life. The thing is, being from Sweden living 5528 miles away from the Staples Center, it’s as good as it gets.
Basketball isn’t a very popular sport in Sweden. Our national team was playing a very important game in the city that I live in and about 2000 people showed up to watch the game. Sometimes we get a NBA game on national TV but it’s almost always a “laker-celtic” type of game. If you wanted to watch a Clipper game before high speed Internet came to town, you had to order your NBA games on VCR cassettes from Germany. They actually had a good selection of NBA and NCAA games during each season and I do have the ’98 Duke (with the honorable Corey Maggette and some other guy) North Carolina game on tape. If someone wants it, maybe to set it on fire or something during a voodoo ritual, I’ll happily send it to you.
You people that live in the LA area, I hope you understand how lucky you are being so close to the Staple Center. And how happy fans as myself are that you are there supporting the team during the games. Man I whish I also hade the opportunity to see all the games and then watch pickup basketball at UCLA during summer. Keep it up people! It’s rough times like these that really defines us as fans. When we win that title in 10 or 20 years, we will remember that Memphis game back in ‘08 and others similar to it and victory will be sweeter then for any other fan of any other team.
I also would like to thank ClipperSteve and all other people (mike p, citizen zhiv among others) contributing to the site. Even though I wont be posting much, writing in English takes to much time and energy, I do read everything that’s being written on the site and it’s all excellent stuff making a lonely fan feel a little bit closer to the game.
As for the 31 of December, boo and whistle a little bit extra for me cause I wont be able to go to the game but oh, I would love to be there. Sometimes in European soccer when a traitor comes back to town, a pig’s head is thrown on to the field by the fans. Time to bring this tradition into the NBA?
Oh, and a question. Is there any other international Clipper fans reading or writing on Clipsnation?