The Los Angeles Clippers, often abbreviated as the LA Clippers, are an American professional basketball team based in Los Angeles. The Clippers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member club of the league's Western Conference Pacific Division. The Clippers play their home games at Staples Center. The franchise was founded in 1970 as the Buffalo Braves. The Braves moved to San Diego in 1978 and became known as the San Diego Clippers. In 1984, the Clippers moved to Los Angeles.