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'ClipperNation' gathers outside Staples Center in support of LeBron James

May 27, 2010 |  7:38 pm

It appears the Clippers' faithful have turned from eternally hopeful to delusional.

A group of about 75 Clippers fans gathered outside Staples Center before Game 5 of the Western Conference finals Thursday to showcase their desire to see LeBron James in a Clippers uniform next season.

Chanting "We want the King!" and holding signs with the No. 6 printed on them (the number James intends to wear next season), the group tried to rally support from anyone who would listen -- including Lakers fans.

James becomes eligible for free agency on July 1 and there are plenty of folks in ClipTown who feel General Manager Neil Olshey's only goal in life is to put the reigning NBA MVP in a Clippers jersey.

The Clippers have enough salary-cap room to make a legitimate offer to James, but it seems highly unlikely that a player of his caliber would willingly go to a team that's posted a losing season 17 of the last 18 years -- no matter how much he would be paid.

But what do you think? Do the Clippers have a real chance of getting LeBron or have Clippers fans finally lost it? Use the comment board below.

-- Austin Knoblauch

Photo: Clippers fans show their support for LeBron James outside Staples Center before Game 5 of the Western Conference finals Thursday. Credit: Paul Buck / EPA