Doc Rivers on covering Lakers’ championship banners: ‘It’s no disrespect’

Eric Pincus / Los Angeles Times
Eric Pincus / Los Angeles Times

Los Angeles Clippers coach Doc Rivers meant no disrespect to the Los Angles Lakers by covering up their championship banners and retired jerseys.

“The culture is changing, and we want to be a winner,” Rivers said Monday via ESPN. “To do that, we have to make changes, and the one at Staples Center is one that I thought we needed to make. We don’t leave the Lakers floor down, do we? And they don’t play on the Clippers floor; they take it up. That’s all.

“It’s no disrespect. I have an amazing amount of respect for the Lakers. Having said that, I work for the Clippers, and when we play, it should be the Clippers’ arena. I would say they probably feel the same way when they play. That’s all it is.”

First-year Laker guard Nick Young, who was a member of the Clippers two years ago, didn’t like the move.

He can do that?” Young said. “For real? That’s disrespectful. We got to talk to Doc. He can’t have that. We got to do something about that.”

Clippers home games will now feature oversized banners of  Jamal Crawford,Blake Griffin, J.J. Redick, DeAndre Jordan, Jared Dudley, Chris Paul and Matt Barnes.

It’s nothing against the Lakers,” Griffin said Monday. “It’s nothing to disrespect what they’ve done because those banners can never be removed or anything like that. It’s just that it’s our home arena when we’re there. That’s what that’s about. I thought it was a cool thing that [Doc] did.”

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