The Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers not only represent the same city, but they also share the same home arena, Staples Center. The Lakers have played all of their home games at Staples Center since it opened in 1999.
Before moving to Staples Center, the Lakers played their home games at the Great Western Forum in Inglewood, California from 1976 to 1998. The Lakers won five NBA championships while they were playing at the Forum: 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, and 1988.
Staples Center is a 24,000-seat multi-purpose arena in downtown Los Angeles. It is the primary home of the Lakers and Clippers. The Lakers have the best record among current NBA teams at 16-3 while playing all of their home games at Staples Center.
There are currently no plans for either team to move away from Staples Center/Los Angeles anytime soon. In fact, both the Lakers and Clippers are doing very well financially. The Lakers have had six consecutive years with a profit, while the Clippers have had four consecutive years with a profit.
These days, most major sports teams are struggling to make money. The Lakers and Clippers are two of the few remaining teams that are making profits.
The Lakers-Clippers rivalry is a rivalry between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Los Angeles Clippers in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The two Pacific Division clubs both play their home games at Staples Center in Los Angeles, which has led to their rivalry being dubbed the "Hallway Series."
The Lakers have won the most games against the Clippers, with the overall series tied at 1-1. The two teams have never met in the NBA Finals. However, if the Clippers were to win the division next season, they would meet the Lakers in the first round of the playoffs.
Both the Clippers and the Lakers were established in the 1960s, and they are the only two teams that remain from that era. Although both teams have had success over the years, they haven't been able to match the greatness of other recent LA teams such as the Showtime Lakers or the Dream Team that included Kobe Bryant.
The Clippers moved to Los Angeles in 1984 after having great success in New York where they played in the Madison Square Garden for 22 seasons. They immediately became one of the top teams in the NBA, finishing in the top three in the league every year until they fell behind the Lakers in the 1990s. Since then they have been consistently good but not great, missing the playoffs just once since 1999-2000.
Both the Clippers and the Lakers play their home games at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. It opened in 1999 and has a capacity of 19,060 people. It also serves as a home arena for the Los Angeles Sparks and the Los Angeles Kings. The Clippers and Lakers have met 195 times in regular season action. The Clippers lead the series 129-56.
The venue is owned by Warner Bros. Entertainment, which also owns the Los Angeles Times. It is managed by AEG Sports, which also manages the LA Kings and the Los Angeles Galaxy. The team's offices are located within walking distance of the center.
Staples Center is the largest basketball-specific stadium in California. It is also the most expensive sports facility in the state of California when cost is included in the price of tickets and merchandise. The Lakers last played a game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on April 16, 2009, a 105-97 loss to the Portland Trail Blazers. They will return to the coliseum for the 2009-10 season opener on October 26, 2009, when the Lakers host the New Orleans Hornets.
The Clippers last played a game at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on April 13, 2009, a 111-106 win over the Golden State Warriors. They will return to the coliseum for the 2009-10 season opener on October 25, 2009, when the Clippers host the Utah Jazz.