Do you think the championship door is forever closed for the Clippers? Like, no matter what they do to get the attention of the city they’re in or the league they play for to prove they’re ready to compete, something bad will always happen to them. For example, say in a few years from now, Clips get the top lottery pick, draft correctly and start anew, only for things to fall apart at the first sight of success. All they get for their good deeds are endless trips to the lottery, never even sniffing the playoffs. It’s as if the Clippers were never intended to be a title contender, more like a cautionary tale for other franchises who think winning championships are easy.
> So what is the end goal… compete and fill seats until Blake is done? And what is that… two, three, four years? And then?
Before the vetoed trade of Chris Paul, the Clippers were losers. Four playoff visits in 27 seasons. They have the longest playoff drought of any team in the NBA with 15 years, from 1976–1991 (they have an average playoff drought duration of nearly seven years between playoff appearances, Buffalo Braves years included). Numerous freak injuries (usually leg related) and owner shenanigans; ranging from contract disputes, public declaration of tanking, and payment skimping to punches being flung off-the-court. Donald Sterling helped Dr. Jerry Buss purchase the Lakers: that’s the Curse Of The Bambino Part II. The Clippers are dysfunctional: full ineptitude, incompetence, and insidiousness — all because they wanted to be loved, and were jealous of the Lakers success.
The better question to ask is, are the Clippers better off competing and filling seats until Griffin retires, or should take the plunge and miss the playoffs for years as penance for not realizing the potential they had and let slip because they got too cocky for their own good?
I agree with you: Clips should have taken competition seriously and not let personal emotions get the best of them. They’re gonna get what’s coming to them this year. But when do we stop and say “They’ve learned their lesson?”