The Los Angeles Clippers are in the midst of the most successful season in franchise history, but that success is beginning to be tarnished by some tension among the team’s highest paid players.
The L.A. Times reported earlier this week that there was a rift between friends and starting Clippers big men Blake Griffin and DeAndre Jordan. Per T.J. Simers report, Jordan is unhappy with head coach Vinny Del Negro‘s rotation and limited minutes due to Jordan’s free-throw struggles — he’s playing just 24.2 minutes and is only shooting .391 from the charity stripe.
But the drama doesn’t stop there. Also per the Times report, Griffin and Jordan got into a bit of an argument on the bench in a game against the Sacramento Kings. Even more, Griffin and Jordan have reportedly grown tired of point guard Chris Paul‘s voice when he gets fired up. Paul is one of the most talkative players in the NBA, so the big men growing annoyed with it is understandable.
Nonetheless, the Clippers appear to be losing some of the chemistry that led them to the best record in the league after 41 games. They appear vulnerable, and their weaknesses and immaturity are starting to get exposed at the wrong time of the season.
Del Negro will have to do something to regain order with the Clippers or the franchise’s best season ever will go to waste. The Clippers are currently facing a first round match up with the Memphis Grizzlies, who will be looking for revenge for the Clippers eliminating them in seven games in the first round last year. If they don’t right the ship soon, the Clippers will be the ones suffering an early exit this time around.