Ding dong, Lob City is dead. That’s according to Blake Griffin. The Los Angeles Clippers power forward confirmed the death in a recent interview:
“Lob City doesn’t exist anymore. Lob City is done. We’re moving on and we’re going to find our identity during training camp and that will be our new city. No more Lob City.”
This is not the most shocking news, as anybody with half a basketball brain knew that Doc Rivers wasn’t going to endorse such a moniker.
Lob City was all fine and dandy for regular season games. Griffin and Chris Paul connected on countless lob plays that excited fans across the county as they watched the highlights each night. But the Lob City style didn’t get the Clippers anywhere in the postseason. In fact, since Paul joined the team two years back, they haven’t made it out of the conference semi-finals. That fact leaves no doubt that it was time for the Lob City era to end.
Griffin says that Rivers is instilling a defensive mindset into the team now, and that’s exactly the right approach to take. The Clippers are going to be able to put up points against any team in the league, whether they’re lobbing or not. But there’s plenty of room for this team to improve on the defensive side of the ball. The Clippers weren’t statistically bad on defense a year ago, but at the same time, they didn’t bring the type of intensity that a typical Rivers’ team would bring to the court.
So based on these comments from Griffin, I’d say the Rivers-era is off to a great start. For fans hoping the team will come up with a new moniker, don’t count on it.