It was a tumultuous week in December, when Clippers get the best point guard in the NBA and be it unintentionally, created a phrase that fans have either embraced or disliked.
"LobCity"From the moment those words came out of Blake Griffin’s mouth, the name LobCity has been a hit. LobCity Tees were sold even before you can finish saying Sofoklis Schortsanitis. Everyone was excited. The nation, not just Clipper Nation but NBA nation was following Lob Angeles. Clips acquire Chris Paul while the Lake show loses former 6th man Lamar Odom. The Clippers became the talk of the town. The Lakers, on the other hand, was reeling fast desperate to make a move. Excitement and buzz about the Clippers was through the roof. Somewhere along the way the appeal of LobCity went sour, for both its players and fans. Clippers players became defensive, wanting to disassociate with the term. Even its author, Griffin, wishes he never uttered the remark. Disapproving fans argue that it belittles the team because it only makes the team known for their dunks. Others argue that it will attract bandwagon fans. Let’s be frank. Bandwagon fans will come and those two words alone will not attract them to the Clippers. For that to happen the team will need to start winning a lot of games first and that’s not a bad problem to have. Heck, everyone was a Bulls fan in the Michael Jordan era days. Who wasn’t? When the Clippers start winning games, bandwagon fans will come. With or without LobCity. The media will not let go of the perfect moniker any time soon (See Phi Slama Jama). If the Clippers continue their success, games are going to continue to sell which means merchandise associated with the name will continue to sell.
Love it or hate it, LobCity is here to stay.