Top 5 Reasons Lob City is Dead.
Better hold on to those "Lob City" t-shirts because that era has ended.
HoopsVibe's Very Quick Call: It was fun while it lasted, but all good things come to an end.
#5. Too Good To Lose.
The Clippers are simply too talented and are spending too much money on that talent to continue to get knocked out of the playoffs so quickly. Yes, they put together an impressive regular reason in 2012-2013 with 56 wins, a 17-game winning streak, and a sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers, but they still go knocked out of the playoffs in the first round by the Memphis Grizzlies. This must change.
#4. Blake Griffin Team First.
In a recent interview with ESPN Blake Griffin stated, "Lob City doesn't exist anymore. Lob City is done. Our offense is going to have a totally different look this year." He can't make it any clearer than that. This is a done deal. Griffin added, "Our offense is going to have a lot of movement and floor spacing. I'm looking forward to it." The translation of this is we should expect significantly less high-flying alley oops and much more controlled offense. This type of offensive shift only takes place with a player like Blake Griffin's approval.
#3. Chris Paul Buy In.
The only way Doc Rivers was going to come to Los Angeles was with Chris Paul's blessing. Paul is the floor general and will impress his will on his team verbally and physically. Chris Paul's buy in to Doc Rivers' defense first approach and highlight film dunking second approach is the only way this is possible. CP3 could be the perfect point guard for a coach like Rivers, but the only way the deal gets done and the offensive format gets changed is with Chris Paul onboard.
Now that Blake Griffin has been in the league 3 seasons and both he and DeAndre Jordan have put together enough alley oop dunks highlights to leave Dominique Wilkins jealous, it's time to win a ring. Winning dunk competitions are cute, but winning rings is were greatness is measured. The Clippers are tired of only being on ESPN's Top Ten list. They're hungry to make a real dent in the league.
#1. Doc Rivers Arrival.
The arrival of Doc Rivers instantly changes the Clipper culture. Doc Rivers instills his will on his teams. He gets buy in from players, but ingrains in them the concept of defense first ball that is about one thing and one thing only winning. He couldn't care less about fancy dunks. He cares about rings. Expect the Clippers to have less highlights this season and maybe even less regular season wins, but smart money says they go deeper in the playoffs to Rivers' approach.
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