Let’s make one thing for certain: the Clippers, at the moment, run LA. Every Laker fan will have this prideful front, but in the back of their heads, they know that the purple and gold is one of the laughing stocks of the NBA (who would have thought they would join Philly company?).
The Clippers have been making the moves to become that formidable team in LA. It all started with the explosion of Blake Griffin on the scene. Dunks, alley-ops, and flare that a struggling organization needed. Of course, that wasn’t enough, so they were gifted (and I use that with so much SINCERITY) with Chris Paul. With his dynamic duo building, it also helped the development of DeAndre Jordan to be that defensive/rebounding anchor. It seemed like they were destined to be THAT team.
That was 5 years ago...some extensions here, some management changes there, countless slogans being created and still no championship (or even a WCF series win) to show for the tide turn. Whether it was injuries, or losing a series 3-1 (hey it happens more often now, just ask the Warriors), the Clippers seem to not get over that hump - the curse of not winning when it matters. Being a team that stays in LA, regular season records and division titles won’t matter in the long list of accolades won in that city.
With the 2016-2017 season a month away, there is some uncertainty around the Clippers trio. Chris Paul is most likely going to decline his player option to get a piece of that overload of money (can’t blame the president, he likes paper too). Blake Griffin has had enough trade rumors surrounding him to make Pau Gasol jealous, and is also likely to decline his player option if they do decide to keep him. That leaves Jordan all by himself, and he hasn’t proven to be a real threat on the offensive side like he is on the defensive end (Hint: They’re usually FREE and he typically THROWS them short).
This is probably the last time this team will be together, but Doc would probably tell you otherwise. A team with so much talent, and gels so well together, could possibly go down in the history books as one of the “what if” teams, just like the Supersonics with Gary Payton. Not to mention this long lasting ball and chain phrase of the Clippers being cursed will continue to haunt them. Only a couple more weeks before the Clippers future will unfold.