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The Los Angeles Clippers are an American professional basketball team in the National Basketball Association (NBA). The Clippers compete in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the NBA. Founded in 1970 as the Buffalo Braves, the team had some early success reaching the playoffs three times before their move to San Diego in 1978. The move to San Diego also signaled a name change to the Clippers. The team had barely any success in San Diego before again moving to Los Angeles in 1984. In Los Angeles, the team was even worse and became somewhat of a laughingstock in the NBA because of the success of the Los Angeles Lakers. It was not until 2008 that the team started to win, Nicknamed “Lob City” because of their high speed offense and dunks, the team made seven playoff appearances between 2012 and 2019. This equaled their total of seven playoff appearances between 1970 and 2011.
The Clippers play their home games at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. The Staples Center is the busiest arena in sports as the Clippers share it with the Lakers, the Los Angeles Sparks of the WNBA, and the Los Angeles Kings of the NHL. While still in Buffalo, the Clippers were led by NBA Most Valuable Player Bob McAdoo. It was not until the late 2000s when the team acquired Blake Griffin, DeAndre Jordan, and Chris Paul that the team had a roster talented enough to compete in the Western Conference. Despite this star-studded roster, the Clippers have still been looked at as a disappointment over the last 10 years because of their failure to ever make it past the second round of the NBA playoffs.