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Clippers fans hope to lure LeBron James with a parade

May 18, 2010 | 12:47 pm

Lebron-clippers_300 Four years and nine days after the last time they had any reason to be there this late in the spring, Clippers fans will be hanging out around Staples Center on May 27.

Yes, Game 5 of the Western Conference finals could be taking place at that location on that day. And, of course, the Clippers will not be taking part in that game.

But Clippers fans are hoping their actions outside the arena that day might help turn their beloved team into a playoff contender. They have organized a "Bring LeBron to the L.A. Clippers" parade in an effort to catch the attention of Cleveland Cavaliers superstar and soon-to-be free agent LeBron James.

The Clippers have the salary cap space and are one of several teams that appear to be in the LeBron James sweepstakes. The parade is scheduled to run from 3 to 6 p.m., starting at L.A. Live, which just happens to be right across the street from where the Lakers will be playing the Suns at (coincidentally?) 6 p.m., if there is a Game 5.

The last time the Clippers actually took part in a playoff game in Staples Center was May 18, 2006, when they defeated the Suns, 118-106, in Game 6 of the Western Conference semifinals.

Four nights later, however, the Clippers were eliminated by Phoenix, 127-107, thus setting off the series of events that have brought Clippers fans to this point of desperation.

Let's just hope they don't start singing.

-- Chuck Schilken

Photo: LeBron James. Credit: David Butler II / US Presswire.