^ Under their current owners, the Clips have been more successful than the lakers.
Jimmy Buss did not inherit his daddy's track-record. They're not the same franchise anymore. I've never understood why things that happened in past decades in other cities or under different owners has any bearing on what a team is today. Attendance figures and national viewing numbers for laker games this year would seem to agree with me. They're not the draw they once were.
I give the Thunder credit for unashamedly "starting over" in their new city and not trying to claim Seattle's honors as their own. We are still tied to the Clippers awful recent history because we are still in L.A. and Donald is still the owner, but he deserves no credit or blame for anything that occurred during the Buffalo days and if some other billionaire buys the team tomorrow, he deserves no credit or blame for what came before him.
Dinosaurs used to rule the planet, but their pigeon descendants don't particularly frighten me. Rome used to be the most powerful nation on earth... these days, they're taking handouts from the EU. History is quaint and all... but it's not power.
As far as I'm concerned, the lakers name is all their fans have left to cling to.
To paraphrase the great William Shakespeare: "What's in a name? That which we call a turd by any other name would stink just as bad."