PLAYA VISTA, CA– For the first time in a decade, the Los Angeles Clippers entered media day without any of their franchise cornerstones. With Chris Paul two years removed in Houston, Blake Griffin surprisingly being traded to Detroit early last season and DeAndre Jordan’s free agency departure to Dallas, a new era of Clippers basketball is in full effect.
The Paul, Griffin, Jordan trio reached the playoffs for six straight seasons but never advanced past the second round. “Lob City” brought excitement to an organization that had previously suffered through years of dysfunction. In a city where franchises are judged upon championships, however, the best era of Clipper basketball failed to deliver.
Rather than tank, the Clippers chose to retain a competitive roster complete with accomplished veterans and an infusion of young talent. “In a strange way, in my opinion, this is the healthiest this franchise has been, as far as now and the future,” Clipper head coach Doc Rivers said. “From my vantage point, I love where we’re at right now.”
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