The legendary Laker said the Clippers, not the Lakers, are the new Showtime. Johnson declared that after the Clippers won their franchise-record 14th straight win.
“I thought I would never, ever see Showtime again. And I was the architect of Showtime,” Johnson said on ESPN, according to Larry Brown Sports. “The Clippers? That’s Showtime.”
Johnson may be quick on the draw to compare the 2012-13 Clips to one of the greatest teams to ever take the court. The Lakers won five championships between 1979 and 1988 — a stretch that can only be put up against the 1950’s Boston Celtics.
The Clippers have built themselves quite a squad, and it’s showing since they’ve accumulated the best record in the NBA at 22-6. They’re considered the deepest team in the league with talented players like Jamal Crawford, Matt Barnes, Eric Bledsoe and Lamar Odom not even starting.
Though they’ve got a solid core and a deep bench, the Clippers will need to win at least one championship before being anointed the new 1980’s Lakers.