MY ONE CENT ON THE CLIPPERS’ LATEST DEMISE AND THEIR FUTURE
LOS ANGELES CLIPPERS
Final Regular Season Record: 51-31, Second Place in the Pacific Division, Fourth Place in the Western Conference
* Lost to the Utah Jazz in the Western Conference Quarterfinals, 4 games to 3
Just a Few Thoughts:
When Blake Griffin went down with that toe injury in Game 4, I knew that would be the end for those Clippers.
The worst part of all this was the fact that even if they had won that Game 7, it would have only earned them a two-week reprieve as they would have been absolutely crushed by the Golden State Warriors in the next round.
I recently read that the Clippers are the first team in NBA history to lose series after having a lead in five straight seasons.
Considering that Griffin, Chris Paul, DeAndre Jordan and J.J. Redick have formed a nucleus of a franchise that up until their arrival spent pretty much of its existence in the most pathetic of wildernesses,
Which they led the Clippers out of in a BIG way, taking over local pro basketball superiority over their Laker counterparts (and I don’t want to hear about the 16 titles as that’s ancient history),
The fact that despite all that talent, Doc Rivers’ team has never reached even the conference finals, let alone the NBA Finals, leaves me with an ultimate one-world judgement of this team…
Highlights of the Clippers’ last win of 2016-17: Their 98-93 triumph over Utah in Game 6 of the Western Conference Quarterfinals in Salt Lake City. Courtesy of YouTube.
It’s not surprising in the least that the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Plaschke has practically ordered a complete do-over rebuild, stating several times in his latest column to “Blow them up”.
I’m sure millions of folks concur with what Plaschke is saying after these years of postseason failures.
But what do I think?
First, the obvious fact that the team will look quite different next November as Griffin, Paul, and Redick are all free agents.
People are saying that Griffin and Paul will resign while Redick, enticed by what will likely be a more lucrative offer, will be wearing another uniform next season.
The other thing that I know regarding this Clipper ship is this:
Since I don’t have a crystal ball, I have no idea what will happen with the Clippers’ nucleus but I do know one thing:
Something definitely needs to change, something different needs to be tried.
Because what these Clippers have been doing for the past few years, while MUCH better than the Lakers or what their state was for SO long, is not working.
To not make changes will result in more of the same – underachieving disappointment.
Which Clipper Nation, one of the most loyal fan bases in all of sports, does not deserve.
Face it, Clipper Nation: your season ended when this man went down…