If life was fair, the world as we know it would be painfully boring. But, the reality is that life is not fair and for Los Angeles Clippers, this too is becoming painfully boring.
The Clippers have endured decades of losing while sharing a city with a Los Angeles Lakers team that has enjoyed decades of popping bottles and championship parades. Now, after a mere two seasons of promise, expectations for the Clippers have risen from the depths to winning it all.
The have not been near an NBA finals. Last season, the Clippers lost in the first round of the playoffs with a veteran team and a Pacific Division crown. They made some nice moves in the offseason, but nothing close what the Boston Celtics did in 2007, or what the Miami Heat did in 2010.
The upgrades made by the Clipper organization will make them a better team, but due to a new system, new faces and a more competitive western conference, matching the 56 wins of last season would be as shocking as it would be impressive.
The Clippers were a player and a coach away from a deep playoff run. Now they’re a player away, regardless of what transpires with forward Blake Griffin and his search for a perimeter game. The Celtics and the Heat added former lottery picks and All-Stars to their rosters en route to their championship runs.
The Clippers stole a championship coach in Doc Rivers in one of the biggest heists in NBA history, but can Rivers turn a talented, yet undisciplined Clippers team into a champion overnight? He did so in Boston — with four hungry All-Stars.
ChristopherBrown is an NBA writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @whatrockschris. Like him on Facebook.