The NBA All-Star Game, and of course All-Star Weekend, will return to Los Angeles in 2011, marking the record fifth time the midseason spectacle will grace that city.
The last time the All-Star Game was played there, in 2004, Lakers teammates Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant combined for 44 points to lead the West to a narrow 136-132 victory, and O'Neal earned MVP honors.
...So. I can't remember how it was done in '04, but is it safe to assume the arena signage will be decked out in Lakers colors, with no sign whatsoever that the Clippers share the building? (Of course, if the Clippers did something worthy of respect more than once every 15 years...)
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Given how bad this season went, Laker's management will probably give Kobe one - maybe two - more seasons before doing something drastic. The fans are only going to take so much - and they're already starting to show their frustration.