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December 14, 2011
The Clippers ... finally?

Finally, the Clippers can say they share more than the Staples Center with the Lakers. All-Star point guard Chris Paul gives owner Donald Sterling the prototypical superstar who is present on most championship teams. I say, most, because John Stockton and Karl Malone never won a ring. And, because these past two decades, there have been a couple of exceptions to the notion that only teams with two superstars win titles.

Specifically, three teams have captured championships in a non-traditional manner within the past decade: the San Antonio Spurs, who won two titles with the Tim Duncan-David Robinson combination (1999, 2003), then two more with Duncan, and star-caliber, but not superstar-caliber sidekicks Manu Ginobili and Tony Parker (2005, 2007); Larry Brown's 2002 Detroit Pistons, led by Chauncey Billups, Rip Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince and Ben Wallace; and most recently, the Dallas Mavericks, who happened to have the league's most unique seven-footer in Dirk Nowitzki, surrounded by Jason Kidd, Tyson Chandler, Jason Terry, Shawn Marion, J.J. Barea, a group of players who epitomize the term, "team."

Kidd, of course, is one of the greatest point guards in league history. But he is 38 years old, smart, crafty, determined, and as always, in tremendous shape. But he is still 38 years old ...

And, lest we forget, of the three, only Dallas is regarded as a major market franchise (No.5 in the Nielsen TV ratings). Detroit is No.11 in designated market area (DMA) and San Antonio No. 37. Sacramento, by the way, is No. 20.

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