Los Angeles Rumors
It still pains Penny Hardaway to think about what might have been. What if Shaquille O’Neal never left the Orlando Magic to sign with the Los Angeles Lakers? What if Hardaway hadn’t gotten hurt? And what if Hardaway didn’t leave the Magic to join the Phoenix Suns? The mid-1990s Magic had that much promise. “Every time I watch the footage, man, I just get tears in my eyes because there’s always that what if if we would have all stayed together,” Hardaway said.
The Clippers’ lease at Staples Center ends in 2024, and owner Steve Ballmer has vowed to explore alternatives. The organization has taken preliminary steps toward the splashiest alternative – owning and operating its own arena in the Los Angeles area. The organization has interest in at least three areas – the Westside of Los Angeles, Inglewood near the new home of the Rams and downtown Los Angeles.