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Lakers are still popular, but Clippers are clearly ‘the class’ of L.A. – Stephen A. | First Take

Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman assess the state of the Los Angeles Lakers and compare them to the playoff-bound Los Angeles Clippers. Max says the Lakers haven’t lost their stature despite all the dysfunction and Magic Johnson’s sudden resignation, but Stephen A. says the Lakers can’t compete with the Clippers aside from their popularity.




Stephen A. Smith and Max Kellerman assess the state of the Los Angeles Lakers and compare them to the playoff-bound Los Angeles Clippers. Max says the Lakers haven’t lost their stature despite all the dysfunction and Magic Johnson’s sudden resignation, but Stephen A. says the Lakers can’t compete with the Clippers aside from their popularity.

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    Carlton Vincent

    April 10, 2019 at 8:20 pm

    Number one Clippers number to Sacramento number three the Lakers. This is the process. LeBron James can’t change it. That’s why he’s all in the news

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    Smirky Whitemale

    April 10, 2019 at 8:23 pm


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    Smirky Whitemale

    April 10, 2019 at 8:26 pm

    Nice try arseholes, but Sugar K stays in the North.

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    Elwood Riley

    April 10, 2019 at 9:22 pm

    Trade LeBron James he is toxic & liability to the team

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    Rafael VC

    April 10, 2019 at 10:09 pm

    Nobody cares about Magic or the Lakers, the media is the one pushing it on everyone. How about report on the retirement of two all time Greats both went for 30, or report on Paul George’s clutch game winner vs the rockets

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    April 10, 2019 at 10:11 pm

    First time I seen SAS without a suit😂

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    Chris Parker

    April 10, 2019 at 10:16 pm

    Magic trying to run to the clippers lol lakers are dead letting all there young talent walk and trading them and signing an old washed lebron was the worst move that will hurt them years to come

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    Tesfaalem Nigusse

    April 10, 2019 at 10:41 pm

    Rob PelinKER

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    Warren Mazengwe

    April 10, 2019 at 10:46 pm

    Do any black folks, (or anybody who grew up around hip hop or tge Urban environment) ever wonder if Stephen A Smith I overtly adds an “er” to the “n” word? Think about it. Most words or names that end with an “a”, he adds an “er” to it. {Palinker, Zaza Pachulier, etc.)}. So maybe in his younger days, he be accidently adds an “er” to ‘nigga’. Just wondering.

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    Andy Gulyassy

    April 10, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    Clippers rule la

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    allen panicker

    April 10, 2019 at 11:02 pm

    bro lakers are living from the fucking past specifically the showtime era stop living in the past

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    F&M Vlogs

    April 11, 2019 at 12:05 am

    Damn after one year

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    Brandon Truong

    April 11, 2019 at 1:07 am

    You only agree with stephen a once in a blue moon

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    Ridz 39

    April 11, 2019 at 1:17 am

    Clippers are like Tottenham Hotspurs

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    April 11, 2019 at 1:23 am

    The WCF and ECF could go to an epic 7 games, triple OT, and the Lakers will still be the topic the next morning.

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    shane davis

    April 11, 2019 at 1:39 am

    Jerry West is a Baaaaadd Maaaaann. He made the Clippers a better LA choice than the Lakers nobody thought this was even possible.

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    John Smith

    April 11, 2019 at 2:22 am

    Clicked because Stephen A. Smith was not in a suit

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    Bo Rood

    April 11, 2019 at 2:42 am

    Lakers are a dumpster fire.

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    Deepanshu Dhama

    April 11, 2019 at 4:23 am

    this show needs to be renamed lakers(losing) take

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    Gemini Eric

    April 11, 2019 at 4:59 am

    The Clippers have accomplished at LEAST being a NBA franchise vs being an absolute joke, which in fairness took a LOT, a lot…..

    And it’ll take a hell of a lot for the ‘Lakers’ to not be ‘da Lakers…..

    Great organizations with beloved ‘history’ can ALWAYS regain glory

    OU 🏈 came back from the dead
    ‘Bama 🏈 currently fed off the Bear Bryant glory days

    The Celtics were dead, then came the Big 3 and back came Boston

    Notre Dame & USC can die n revive during any decade

    KU/NC 🏀 anytime is either blah or wow

    John Travolta, Robert Downey Jr., Johnny Dep came and went and came back

    The Knicks & Bulls are still riding ghost of the past

    Point being ONE good run and the L.A. river is Purp n Gold….same with the Dodgers, let ’em actually WIN a World Series or two within any 10 year period…

    It’d take the Angels winning I don’t know how many over a 20 year period before you’d see red vs blue in LA but whatever THAT number is, is about what the Clippers would have to do to come close to eclipsing the Lake Show….

    No offense to what the Warriors are doing in the Bay…but can you IMAGINE what ‘that’ would be in NYC, L.A. even Chi….places with history can revive it quickly…

    Think what would happen IF Nebraska 🏈 or UCLA 🏀 ever got ‘back’😱

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    Tyler Tosian

    April 11, 2019 at 12:27 pm

    Stephen a at it again – Rob pelinker

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    Kyle Hayley

    April 11, 2019 at 1:23 pm

    Next on First Take…
    Stephen A Smith’s hairline is better than Paul Pierce and LeBron James…
    Wait Whu–

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    Jewel Clark

    April 11, 2019 at 2:14 pm

    The clippers are better,At least for now anyway

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    Lost Race

    April 11, 2019 at 2:35 pm

    Lebron is a part of something big…..he added to Lakers postseason vacation

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    weeh Dinga

    April 11, 2019 at 9:39 pm

    This bias media Lakers own LA the fans of 1980 lakers are dying the kobe fan era can just tell story. Clippers eldon brand era was over shadowed by kobe. I hate kobe when he was playing i respect him as a person and his achievements. What bias media is not reporting the whole LA county school basketball gym was being renovated spaonsored by Steve Ballmer can Flakers owner do that? They been sucking the money of LA flakers fan but giving back to community zero bwahahahaha

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