Staples Center Rumors
Five people with knowledge of the conversations told The Times the arena could either be on the 298-acre site or an adjacent parcel. Either way, an arena would drive traffic to the planned mixed-use development and share parking with the $2.6-billion football stadium scheduled to open in 2019. The exploratory talks link two titans of sports and business with a sprawling project the NFL already considers transformational.
Inglewood is one of multiple sites the Clippers are exploring in a process that started more than a year ago. The Clippers aren’t settled on a course of action — staying at Staples Center or building a new arena — but the Inglewood discussions are part of their ongoing evaluation of potential options, according to the five people. “It’s too soon to say it would be L.A. Live lite, but if an arena were to bring 200 nights a year, that’s a tremendous amount of foot traffic that would benefit all the ancillary properties,” said a person familiar with the discussions who asked not to be identified in order to speak frankly about the situation.
Detroit averaged just 87 points per game at Staples Center during the drought, losing by 32 to the Clippers back in November, with Gores present. “For Tom, it was long overdue,” Pistons point guard Reggie Jackson said. “We haven’t gotten a win this building yet, and ‘Dre, KCP, they haven’t necessarily got one since they’ve been here. I haven’t gotten once since I’e been in the Pistons organization. We owed it to him to get him a win.” Gores sat court side with his wife and Platinum Equity business associates as the Pistons fell behind by double digits early.
Los Angeles’ two NBA teams played against each other on Saturday at Staples Center, and Chargers tight end Jeff Cumberland was there, so they showed him on the jumbotron, as they usually do when anyone of note is in attendance. But before showing Cumberland, the Chargers’ new logo was shown. According to multiple reporters at the game, it made for a pretty awkward moment. Fans booed the Chargers logo, but then sort of applauded Cumberland.
“It’s good if you’re able to laugh at your mistakes,” Booker said. “A lot went on last year, but he still fought through it and is still grinding.” Booker helped Russell nearly every step of the way, from the moment he informed his friend the video prank had gone viral and become tabloid fodder. Beyond the commercial shoot, the two vacationed together with mutual friends and family in Mexico during the offseason and comforted each other through the highs and lows of their rookie seasons. Russell is scheduled to sit out when the Lakers (10-14) play host to the Suns (6-16) on Friday at Staples Center, still nursing a sore knee that has sidelined him for 11 of the last 12 games. “He was positive,” Russell said of Booker. “He was there. He had my back through it all.”
Dwight Howard doesn’t like being called a bitch — and was physically restrained when he got into it with a Lakers fans after the game Sunday night. TMZ Sports has footage in which you can hear a man shouting obscenities at Howard after the Lakers beat the Hawks 109-94 at Staples Center. At one point the man — who we’re told appeared to be in his 20s — says, “You’re a bitch!” Dwight — who was on the way to the locker room — stopped in his tracks and jawed back at the heckler, “Come back here and say it.”