By Dave Daniels @AllDave_AllDay on June 11, 2014
The Los Angeles Clippers are heading in the right direction, and you can bet that it does not have a whole lot to do with Donald Sterling. I would give most of the credit to Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, but you cannot understate the importance of Doc Rivers' leadership ability either. Lob City was saddled with distractions in this postseason, which is just reality and not an excuse. It will be fun to see what they can accomplish next season.
This might drag out into litigation based on Adam Silver's words during Game 3 of the NBA Finals, but it still remains to be seen. I am looking forward to the changes that will be made by their new owner, and hopefully they will have the sale done by at least the start of of next season. I wouldn't hold my breath though, because this could take a while.
Did you see this one coming? Maybe you did because of Doc Rivers, but it could still happen. Remember when Kevin Garnett and Paul Pierce were trying to force their way to the Clippers back when Rivers was negotiating his "trade" there? Well, if KG retires, then I wouldn't be surprised to see 'The Truth' reunite with his old head coach.
No, Glen "Big Baby" Davis and Byron Mullens do not count. Davis is a favorite of Rivers, but he is not the answer for the Clippers. They need a backup who will protect the paint as well as DeAndre Jordan, which would give them an absolutely terrifying team defensively next season. The West will still be tough to win, but I think the Clippers have enough experience to get it done next time.
I know Jamal Crawford is irreplaceable for them, but he also needs to reign in his shot selection. He buries shots that make your jaw drop at times; he just needs to learn to pick his spots. If he can find a way to be super efficient, then the Clippers would be swimming in confetti next season.
Blake Griffin showed his improved ball handling and passing once Chris Paul went down midseason. It is now time to unleash the Blake Show. CP3 is a first team All-NBA point guard, but this team needs to run through Griffin's offense. Once the defense starts to collapse on the power forward in the post or run out on him to block the midrange jumper, then the rest of the floor will open up.
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