Three Reasons Why a Third Los Angeles NBA Team Will Fail
Over the past few weeks it has become apparent that the Sacramento Kings are soon to become Los Angeles' third NBA franchise.
The current Kings owners, Gavin and Joe Maloof, are business-first guys and are ready to cut ties with the Sacramento area and resurface in Anaheim, with new branding as the Anaheim Royals.
Los Angeles loves its pro sports.
The Lakers, Raiders, Dodgers and even the Kings have firmly established a footing as hot tickets in a city with an overwhelming multitude of entertainment options.
And the Clippers, well, they are the Clippers.
There are multiple reasons why a third NBA franchise will not work in Los Angeles, but three come to mind quickly and are the most obvious.
1. The Kings (Royals) have zero star power.
Quick, name the starting five for the Sacramento Kings.
Yep, that's what I thought.
Chris Webber doesn't play there anymore.
If the City of Angels is about anything, it's star power.
Unless the Maloof brothers can somehow manage to convince a high-dollar, high-profile free agent to enter the picture prior to the pending move to Anaheim, they have little glitz to offer.
With all the entertainment options L.A. offers why would I go to a basketball game in Anaheim on a Friday night?
2. The Clippers aren't even succeeding
On the surface it would seem that Los Angeles could easily support two NBA teams. The reality of ticket sales, attendance and merchandise sales for the L.A. Clippers paints a much different picture.
Donald Sterling has developed a reputation as a poor owner, certain to run his best players out of town and squander the franchise's annual first-round draft picks on questionable talent.
News flash: Blake Griffin will not be a Clipper when free agency arrives.
Shocking, I know.
If the Clippers can't even succeed as a competitor to the Lakers (even in good times and playoff runs) what chance would a third-leg NBA team have?Continued on the next page