New York Knicks owner James Dolan said in a November deposition he twice attempted to convince Los Angeles Lakers owner Jeanie Buss to relocate the team from the Staples Center in downtown L.A. to the nearby suburb of Inglewood, California.
Stefan Bondy and Nancy Dillon of the New York Daily News provided details from Dolan's deposition as part of a lawsuit the Madison Square Garden Company, which he founded, filed against the City of Inglewood concerning The Forum, a venue MSG owns, and a new Los Angeles Clippers arena.
The Lakers called The Forum home from 1967 through 1999 before moving to the Staples Center, which they currently share with the Clippers, when the arena opened in October 1999.
Dolan filed the lawsuit against Inglewood in an effort to protect his investment in The Forum, which continues to host concerts and other entertainment events. If the Clippers build a new arena about a mile away, it could take over as the area's top choice for top acts, per Bondy and Dillon.