Of course, there is always this imponderable possibility: What if he loses 82 games this season and doesn't make the playoffs next year? What could possibly beat in this man's breast, allowing him to endure that? "I love the game," says Fitch, his sentiments more sincere than any ad campaign. "It has been a great part of my life. I guess that after a while basketball gets to be a...a narcotic."
Isn't that a funny thing—the only funny thing—about these Clippers? That an old coach can take what a poet wrote and put a poignant new spin on it? Think about what Fitch is saying, and maybe even learn from it: 'Tis better to have lost and loved than never to have lost at all.