He was booed at
Whoever cued up the Beatles' "Can't Buy Me Love" inside
The song was intended as a tribute to
But there was certainly an undercurrent of truth to the words as they relate to the point guard, who somehow still irks giant swaths of a city simply because he plays for the Clippers instead of its beloved Lakers.
This is lunacy. This is unnecessary. This is so December 2011.
Angelenos should forget about the past and celebrate the greatness of the one star most likely to bring an
Erase the name "
For some reason, it still isn't happening.
"I thought the city would have embraced him," Clippers forward
Paul said he understood being the victim of the Untrue Blue. Fans booed him at the Dodgers' game against the
"When he was about to be a Laker, the town was going crazy," Hollins said, referring to the proposed trade that Commissioner Stern nixed on the eve of the 2011-12 season. "That he isn't and is playing for the Clippers, I think there's just a jealousy, a love-hate thing, so that just shows the respect he has as a player."
It's easy to get the feeling Paul could help the Clippers win their first title and it wouldn't change anything. Actually, it might exacerbate the hatred.
Of course, the Clippers would love to have that problem. Paul continues to make it a realistic possibility by playing the way he did Sunday, when he needed only three quarters to score 23 points on eight-for-10 shooting. He made all four of his three-pointers and had six assists, four rebounds and three steals.
He repeatedly left the Lakers discombobulated, including one sequence in the second quarter when he came around a screen from
"There's not a whole lot of defense against him," said Lakers Coach
In the third quarter, Paul caused the Lakers'
The confusion carried over to the scoreboard operator a few minutes later. Oddly, Lakers star
At least those boos were warranted, unlike the ones from what should have been an adoring Dodgers crowd two days earlier.
"That doesn't really make sense to me," Griffin said when asked about the baseball fans' reaction to Paul. "I feel like you would have to ask the city, not me."
OK, here goes: What were you thinking?